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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Animals have more rights than unborn child in womb

    Two stories have captured the attention of many Americans in the past few days: a new law on abortion in the state of New York, and a law proposed in the U.S. House that would make cruelty to animals a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
    I’m sure that I am not the only one who sees the apparent irony of those two news stories.

  • Column: Hold officials criminally liable for not enforcing immigration law

    When did our local, state and federal representatives get delegated authority to hand this country over to illegal alien immigrants?
    A few states give many benefits to people here illegally, like welfare, college benefits, food stamps. There are elected civil officers who want to maintain the status quo and allow as many aliens as possible to gain entry into America by any means available.

  • Letter: Surprising thanks to a Vietnam vet

    On Jan. 19, I attended a Fort Mill community charity event.
    During the event, an auction was held and one of the items for auction was a beautiful Quilt of Valor made for dedication to U.S. veterans. The person who made the quilt was also the auctioneer. She choked up while explaining the importance of the quilt, but maintained enough composure to ask all veterans attending the event to stand for recognition.
    About three of us stood and received a grateful recognition from the attendees.

  • Column: S.C. lawmakers probably will fill long-open PSC seat with insider

    After nearly a year and a half of delays, state lawmakers are poised to fill a $107,822 Public Service Commission seat with either an incumbent who voted for electric rate hikes for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, or a former longtime commission staffer.

  • Column: DHEC’s process for selecting agency chief violated state law

    The board of directors of the state’s largest and perhaps most vital regulatory agency, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, has announced its selection of a fellow board member to be the agency’s new director.
    The hiring of Rick Toomey came on the heels of a search lasting 13 months in which the search firm, Find Great People, was unable to identify a candidate satisfactory to the board. Notwithstanding that failed search and the insider hiring of Toomey, the search firm will be paid 20 percent of Toomey’s $178,126 salary for its work.

  • Editor's Column: Linda Blackmon in charge? Inhale…exhale

    Thanksgiving dinner in our family involves serious logistics, workflow management, food-safety expertise, communication skills and social-host savvy. It’s a hefty production trusted to people who know what they’re doing.
    One relative leads the effort – usually the person whose roof it’s under – but there’s always a plan B in case that person is under the weather or gets sidetracked by some emergency. If needed, the No. 2 steps in – someone with the skills to keep the big event going on short notice.

  • Column: In U.S., officials don’t get to dictate what reporters publish

    On Jan. 6, “60 Minutes” aired an interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with two notable revelations.
    El-Sisi denied that his country has political prisoners, despite documentation. And he confirmed prior reports that Egyptian and Israeli forces have coordinated airstrikes against an Islamic insurgency in the northern Sinai.

  • Column: Yow’s priorities: Teacher salaries, voting machines, state tax rebates

    We have been hard at work in Columbia in committees focusing on the 500 bills that crossed the desk the first day of session.
    There are more than 70 bills in the House Education and Public Works Committee, on which Speaker Jay Lucas has appointed me to serve, and well over 100 bills in the Judiciary Committee alone.
    In the chamber last week, I joined my fellow House members in unanimously supporting legislation to exempt federal workers in South Carolina from being penalized for not paying their property taxes on time while the federal government is shut down.