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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Money for a few key lawmakers’ favorite projects

    State Reps. Bruce Bannister and Dwight Loftis, both Greenville Republicans, want $5 million in state funding to help build a convention center in downtown Greenville.
    Bannister says it would house a large art collection that had been displayed at the private Bob Jones University.
    Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, who has donated to the nonprofit South Carolina Aquarium, says he wants $1.5 million in state money to move power-generating equipment at the Charleston aquarium to higher ground.

  • Letter: Litter = bad marketing

    Today while traveling along routes 521, 9, 21, 5 and 522, I was struck by the visible volume of trash plus land for sale signs.
    My wife and I have retired to Lancaster County, and we have been enjoying the benefits of this thriving area. I was a former marketing manager in the chemical and industrial gas industry. Just to be clear, marketing is preparing to sell your product, and sales is going out and selling it.

  • Letter: Thanks for a kind act

    On March 4, my husband and I were in Lancaster at Zaxby’s ordering our food, and a lady that I do not know handed the cashier money and told her she was paying for our meal.
    I told her thank you, but she left so quickly, I didn’t get her name.
    I wish I knew her. I couldn’t believe that she did that for us. We appreciate it so much. There are still good people in the world.
    I hope she sees this and knows how much we appreciate this.

  • Column: Solutions on Carolina Thread Trail require creative ideas from all sides

    A guiding principle of the Carolina Thread Trail is “respect for the land and respect for the landowner.” It seeks to work with property owners to respect the wishes of all landowners along potential trail corridors, and we share those values in our own work in conservation and trail development.

  • Column: Budget report: Teacher raises, state college tuition freeze

    With the large education-reform legislation moving out of the House, work in the House will now turn to the 2019-20 state budget.
    The House Ways and Means Committee has been working over the last two months on the state’s budget for the upcoming year. While I don’t serve on Ways and Means, I have been attending these meetings to keep on top of important issues, as well as voicing my concerns to those who sit on that committee.

  • Column: Gathering stories about what makes Kershaw special, where it should go

    KERSHAW – On Feb. 16, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Kershaw Heart & Soul held a free pancake breakfast at Kershaw Elementary School to start the story-gathering phase of its community-building initiative.
    The crowd included town council members Mike Cook, Gail Rogora and Sonya Poole along with Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.  
    The breakfast was held to engage with residents and dig deeper into finding out what matters most to the community of Kershaw. We asked attendees what they love about Kershaw, and what they would change about it.

  • Column: MUSC brings Lancaster its track record of excellence

    What an exciting week we just had at both MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center and MUSC Health Chester Medical Center.
    It is an honor and a privilege that our communities are able to join this prestigious health-care organization, MUSC Health.
    MUSC Health is the No. 1 hospital system in South Carolina, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Its education, research and evidence-based care are nationally and internationally recognized.

  • Column: It’s time for spring cleaning to put our best foot forward

    Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning, and as I ride the streets here in Kershaw, there’s plenty of cleaning needed.
    In my earlier days, I had the opportunity to travel across our country through many towns large and small, from one-stoplight towns to major cities. I remember we commented on most all of them, giving them a thumbs up or thumbs down based on their appearance.