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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Leatherman’s influence evident in $7M boost for hometown college

    S.C. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman – arguably the state’s most powerful lawmaker – has a science building on Francis Marion University’s campus named after him.
    The Florence County Republican is an emeritus member of the university’s board of trustees. His daughter has been an at-large board member since 2016 after the legislature easily elected her over an incumbent.

  • Column: Are you a conscience voter or a party voter?

    “The South will rise again” is a phrase referring to a possible uprising of the South. It is used to imply that someday the South will again rebel against the United States. It is imperative that we always remember and understand that “United we stand, divided we fall.” Where do you stand?

  • Column: Heart goes out to children on border, but what to do?

    Lots of outrage has been seen and heard around America over the treatment of families illegally entering the United States.
    After initially separating thousands of children and parents at the border, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep families together.
    I’m not sure where Americans want to keep these families who took a great risk to enter our country hoping to gain entrance quickly and illegally. It did not work out for them.

  • Column: Here’s why we need the Conservation Bank

    In a recent guest column (July 6), S.C. Rep. Brandon Newton discussed the status of the final state budget and key investments in the state’s future. One of the programs that survived the budget process is the Conservation Bank, which had been on the chopping block earlier in the year. Kudos to all of our local legislators who supported this important legislation.

  • Letter: Protect your children, not your guns

    As Americans, we average about seven mass shootings a week.
    We’re worried about people coming into this country when we should be worried about who is already here.
    But gun control isn’t an issue?
    Guns are harmless.
    You see, without ammunition a gun is just metal.
    The issue here is there are so many different types of ammunition:
    Bullying – YOUR WORDS CAN HURT.
    Rape – YOU CAN SPEAK UP.
    Racism, Religion – WE ARE ALL HUMAN.
    We need to stop violent acts among our own.

  • Column: U.S. Supreme Court should rule by judgment, not will

    On this Independence Day, I think of our Founding Fathers, who created a movement based on ideas that were argued by men for many weeks on their pros and cons. These ideas created the most free and prosperous nation in the history of the world, and this prosperity helped more people than any other nation. Our Founding Fathers were in fact God-fearing descendants of the Puritans, Presbyterians and a Catholic. They believed that government should serve the people, so they gave us a republic.

  • Column: Defense budget contains key provisions to up readiness

    As a South Carolinian, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and someone with loved ones who served in the military, I believe that supporting our nation’s troops should be our highest priority.
    I was proud to advocate for and support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal 2019. The NDAA funds critical military readiness initiatives and construction projects in South Carolina and across the country.

  • Editor's Column: Inconsiderate few turn roads into eyesores

    There’s a new phone app that I hope you’ll download after you read this column. It’ll put us a tiny step closer to tidying up our messy roadsides.

    I was running an errand the other day and stopped at the S.C. 9 Bypass traffic light with McDonald’s on my left and CVS across the highway on the right. There were probably 30 vehicles within sight.