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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Many thanks to all who helped with Stevens Park playground

    I am remembering the blessings of this past year, and one of those biggest blessings to me has been the completion of the new destination playground in Stevens Park. Walking through the playground again yesterday, I marveled at the amazing design and construction of this new playground, and the wonderful play and development opportunities that it affords for the children of our community and the enhancement of the park for the entire community. It makes my heart smile! God is good to us!

  • Column: Support Del Webb Library Friends’ business partners

    We have so many of our local businesses that support the Friends of the Del Webb Library, that I wanted to remind you to show your support of them during the coming new year. Friends members are eligible for discounts at the following businesses:
    Automotive
    ◆ Mobile Tires
    Beauty/hair care/nails
    ◆ Blazers Barber Shop
    ◆ Cache Hair Salon
    ◆ Classy Nails
    ◆ Scizzor FX
    ◆ Super Cuts
    Clothing/accessories/home décor/furniture
    ◆ LuLaRoe Clothing

  • Column: ‘Retire in place’ fattens judges’ wallets

    A little-known state law allows eligible judges in South Carolina to receive generous retirement pay for up to a dozen years at the same time they’re collecting their regular six-figure salaries.
    S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty, who heads the state Judicial Department, is now asking for a 33-percent pay hike next fiscal year for himself and other appellate and lower-court judges. His annual salary would go from $156,234 to $208,000 – the amount a U.S. District Court judge makes.

  • Commentary: Mulvaney: No surprise Mattis out over Syria

    Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, former 5th District congressman from Indian Land, became President Trump’s acting chief of staff last week, while keeping the title of White House budget director. Sunday he appeared on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” Here are excerpts from his interview with correspondent Jon Karl.

  • Guest Column: Prosecutor Pascoe won’t seek release of file on Harrell probe

    The special prosecutor investigating legislative corruption won’t seek the public release of the long-closed file on the former S.C. House speaker whose case launched the State House probe, according to an attorney for S.C. news media.
    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division, which assisted special prosecutor David Pascoe, denied four open-records requests this year by The Nerve to release its investigative file on ex-Rep. Bobby Harrell, a Charleston County Republican who had served as House speaker for more than nine years before his 2014 guilty plea to ethics violations.

  • Column: How Christmas in Haiti changed me

    I returned Sunday from a trip to Haiti, where I and three others from my church – Jennifer Deese, Emmalynn McMillan and Danual Purser – delivered Christmas gifts to 139 orphans.
    We had four days to visit three different places and deliver gifts. It was a challenge. We had 19 suitcases and only the clothes in our backpacks.

  • Column: How Christmas in Haiti changed me

    I returned Sunday from a trip to Haiti, where I and three others from my church – Jennifer Deese, Emmalynn McMillan and Danual Purser – delivered Christmas gifts to 139 orphans.
    We had four days to visit three different places and deliver gifts. It was a challenge. We had 19 suitcases and only the clothes in our backpacks.

  • Column: How Christmas in Haiti changed me

    I returned Sunday from a trip to Haiti, where I and three others from my church – Jennifer Deese, Emmalynn McMillan and Danual Purser – delivered Christmas gifts to 139 orphans.
    We had four days to visit three different places and deliver gifts. It was a challenge. We had 19 suitcases and only the clothes in our backpacks.