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Today's Opinions

  • Column: The real problem isn’t guns, it’s bureaucrats not doing their jobs

    Since last fall, mass shootings have occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, five days ago.

    These shootings exhibit a common thread, just not the one that the gun-control movement would have you believe.

  • Letter: S.C. Connections Academy celebrating 10th anniversary

    In the last 10 years, I have opened the door to South Carolina Connections Academy’s office over 2,000 times. The academy is an online public school, delivering education to students statewide.

    Though our students access their learning from anywhere with an internet connection, the school’s office has become my second home. It’s where I have grown as a teacher, principal and person.

  • Letter: Discounts just for Sun City residents upset IL senior

    I would like to inform the senior population that does not live in Sun City of a situation I encountered on a recent trip to a new Mexican restaurant in Indian Land.

    Posted on the door was this sign: “All residences (sic) of Sun City must present their coupon or Sun City ID to receive the 10% discount on dinner menu.”

  • Column: Uniting to help those with mental illness

    In these times of deep division in our country, I would like to point out something that we Americans have in common.
    One in five U.S. residents – across all social classes, races, religious beliefs, genders and ages – lives with some form of mental health condition in a given year. It is so common that it’s becoming an epidemic.
    Despite this fact, there is still stigma associated with having a diagnosis of a mental health condition.

  • Commentary: Scott: Here’s how to ignite job creation and aid towns like Lancaster

    Editor’s note: Sen. Scott testified Thursday before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on the benefits that Opportunity Zones, passed in last year’s federal tax reform bill, will have on distressed communities across the country. In March, Gov. Henry McMaster selected nearly all of the city of Lancaster as two of the state’s 135 Opportunity Zones. The program makes those areas eligible for tax incentives to encourage business creation. Here are excerpts of Scott’s testimony:

  • Column: It’s vital to be ‘in the room where it happens’ these days

    In the second act of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” the Aaron Burr character expresses his jealousy at being excluded from – and his desire to get into – the meetings that his rival Alexander Hamilton participates in where major decisions are made to plot the course of the new United States.
    “I wanna be in the room where it happens,” Burr sings.

  • Column: Thief keeps donated food from those who need it

    It would seem to be the perfect crime. A petty crime for sure, but a crime nonetheless. After all, the items I left out I expected to be gone at some point.
    This past Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service and United Way held the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. In Lancaster, postal workers picked up nonperishable food items left by their customers to be donated to Project HOPE, our local food bank.
    On Friday I dutifully went by the supermarket and purchased about $20 worth of nonperishable items to donate. Around 10 a.m. Saturday, I placed three bags of items at my mailbox.

  • Column: Last-minute wrangling over a single PSC seat

    On the last day of regular session Thursday, S.C. lawmakers in an unrecorded voice vote effectively approved a “do-over” election for a state Public Service Commission seat, allowing the incumbent to stay on months after his term expires and the opportunity to decide on matters related to the controversial V.C. Summer project.
    Lawmakers also overwhelmingly elected a former legislator and circuit judge to a four-year term on the seven-member PSC, which routinely raised electric rates for the failed nuclear project.