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Today's Opinions

  • The man on the tractor was the love of her life

    It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m motoring through the countryside north of Kershaw, looking for Wilma Faile. I have her address but no phone number.
    Tuesday afternoon, I received a letter from her, saying her husband of a quarter century, Ronnie, had passed away unexpectedly in February. Ronnie was the co-star of two of the best letters to the editor I’ve ever published, written by Wilma in 2015 and ’16.
    “I hope you remember me,” the new letter starts. “I’m the Skunk Lady.”

  • The man on the tractor was the love of her life

    It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m motoring through the countryside north of Kershaw, looking for Wilma Faile. I have her address but no phone number.
    Tuesday afternoon, I received a letter from her, saying her husband of a quarter century, Ronnie, had passed away unexpectedly in February. Ronnie was the co-star of two of the best letters to the editor I’ve ever published, written by Wilma in 2015 and ’16.
    “I hope you remember me,” the new letter starts. “I’m the Skunk Lady.”

  • The man on the tractor was the love of her life

    It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m motoring through the countryside north of Kershaw, looking for Wilma Faile. I have her address but no phone number.
    Tuesday afternoon, I received a letter from her, saying her husband of a quarter century, Ronnie, had passed away unexpectedly in February. Ronnie was the co-star of two of the best letters to the editor I’ve ever published, written by Wilma in 2015 and ’16.
    “I hope you remember me,” the new letter starts. “I’m the Skunk Lady.”

  • The man on the tractor was the love of her life

    It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m motoring through the countryside north of Kershaw, looking for Wilma Faile. I have her address but no phone number.
    Tuesday afternoon, I received a letter from her, saying her husband of a quarter century, Ronnie, had passed away unexpectedly in February. Ronnie was the co-star of two of the best letters to the editor I’ve ever published, written by Wilma in 2015 and ’16.
    “I hope you remember me,” the new letter starts. “I’m the Skunk Lady.”

  • Guest Column: Secrecy abounds in Santee Cooper bidding process

    The taxpayer tab for a global consulting firm hired last year to help a legislatively controlled study committee on the possible sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper has grown to more than $735,000 – and it’s unclear whether that’s the final bill.
    Meanwhile, the S.C. Department of Administration is being tight-lipped about the process – likely to cost millions – it will use to evaluate bids and proposals for the sale or management of the Moncks Corner-based utility.

  • Guest Column: Born this way: Glad to have employer who welcomes all

    I’ll never forget her storming into Starbucks dripping wet from the rain.
    She had just bought two gift cards from me at the drive-through window. I had taken extra time to gather several different gift cards to offer her a good selection to pick from.
    She marched to the front register asking for a refund. I asked as I passed by what was wrong. She said, “I don’t need them anymore.”

  • Guest Column: Born this way: Glad to have employer who welcomes all

    I’ll never forget her storming into Starbucks dripping wet from the rain.
    She had just bought two gift cards from me at the drive-through window. I had taken extra time to gather several different gift cards to offer her a good selection to pick from.
    She marched to the front register asking for a refund. I asked as I passed by what was wrong. She said, “I don’t need them anymore.”

  • Guest Column: Trouble in Lexington – Hiding financial information from a school board member

    A member of the board of trustees of Lexington School District 1 has had her requests for access to school district financial records denied by the school superintendent.
    The member has asked to see how much money the district has paid for lawyers. The superintendent says he won’t allow access to the records unless the entire school board approves the request, or the board member submits a written request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).