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Today's Opinions

  • Column: I fear that young conservatives will get lost in a sea of liberals

    Recently Chairman Keith Grey Sr. of the Lancaster County Democratic Party had some choice words about Republicans.

    He wrote: “Every vote for a Republican is a vote for the destruction of our constitutional republic.”  

    I’ll give credit where it’s due. He definitely didn’t sugar-coat his beliefs, and I respect that. What I do not respect is a clear disregard for truth, and clear alienation of the majority of Lancaster County, myself included.

  • Column: 18 journalists died in 2017 covering news around world

    The reports came like thunderbolts in late May: Another journalist beaten to death in Mexico. Two S.C. journalists killed while reporting on a dangerous storm. And a Russian journalist assassinated in Ukraine.
    An ongoing outrage. A terrible tragedy. And – as it developed in Kiev – a puzzling farce.

  • Column: Pro-life to me means more than just being pro-birth

    I would like to thank Anna Osterberg for Friday’s beautifully written response to one part of my recent guest column.
    She very poetically described, for the pro-birth side of the abortion discussion, her concerns for the unborn fetuses. I failed, due to space considerations, to fully develop my kind of pro-life, as I was more focused on the post-birth aspect of murdering innocents.

  • Letter: Need protection on pre-existing conditions

    I have one grandchild and five great nieces and nephews, all with medical issues from birth or childhood. This means they have pre-existing conditions.
    A new conservative Supreme Court may do what the president and his party could not get fully accomplished. They might completely rescind the Affordable Care Act. With that goes the protection against insurance companies using pre-existing conditions as a disqualifier for medical coverage or as a reason to assess unaffordable rates.

  • Column: Fairfield television plant closing, state incentives down the drain

    Plenty of buzz surrounded Element Electronics’ announcement five years ago that it would open a television assembly plant in Fairfield County, with then-Gov. Nikki Haley joining company officials in a live webcast from a Walmart-sponsored conference in Florida.
    But little information was publicly released then about the taxpayer costs of the planned $7.5 million project, which was expected to eventually create 500 jobs. The Nerve at the time revealed, citing state records, that the estimated total public cost over 15 years was nearly $14.8 million.

  • Letter: Presidents Obama and Clinton also went after journalists

    This is a response to the Aug. 10 opinion piece by Mr. Jay Bender.
    As a former professor of journalism, Mr. Bender is obviously offended by President Trump’s assertion that the national press is “the enemy of the people.”
    He fears that President Trump will harm freedom of the press, but has forgotten the Obama administration’s hacking of CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s computer and its seizing of phone records belonging to the parents of Fox News reporter James Rosen.

  • Letter: Questioning the county’s road-maintenance fee

    The county road-maintenance fee – where does it go? It has been in effect since the 1980s when it was $15 per vehicle registered in Lancaster County, which generated close to a million dollars back then.
    Now it is $30 per vehicle every year, and with all the development in the county, there are many more vehicles registered.
    Also when the new courthouse was paid for, we voted to leave the 2 percent sales tax on to pay for road maintenance.
    South Carolina has the worst roads in the nation. Where does all the road maintenance money go?

  • Letter: School board candidate Couch explains residency situation

    I am a candidate to represent Lancaster County School Board in District 5. There are many reasons for running.
    I’d like to be a voice for teachers in the county. I’d hope to bring some fresh ideas to the board through the eyes of a former teacher, coach and current high school baseball umpire.