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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Why won’t more use school buses?

    I understand school board candidate Chris Campbell’s concerns as the overcrowding in the Indian Land district continues.
    My concern is why are so many parents taking their kids to school in the morning. My taxes are buying buses to take students to school. But people are trying to get to work in the morning with SUVs flying by and cutting you off to get their kid to school.
    I have no kids. Can I opt out on paying school taxes? What is the lottery money going for? I thought for schools. I guess not.

  • Letter: All candidates should have to declare party

    I believe it should be a federal law that all individuals running for public office must be identified by party affiliation, whether it is via radio, television, newspaper advertising or road signs.
    Years ago I always voted for the person who I believed was best qualified. In the absence of their party identifications being made public, I enter the voting booth and I am in and out in 10 seconds after I vote the straight Democratic ticket.

    Merrel Wilkenfeld
    Indian Land

  • Column: State has long amassed health-care database

    If you receive health-related services from certain state agencies, chances are you weren’t told your personal information could be included in a massive “data warehouse” that lawmakers and their staffs have been allowed access to for years.
    A state privacy law and inter-agency agreements for the 16-year-old database offer weak privacy protections for citizens who deal with S.C. agencies, a review by The Nerve found.

  • Column: Our state’s FOI law a powerful muscle, needs constant flexing

    Through South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act, diligent journalists and others have discovered much revealing information about the actions of state and local government in our state.

  • Letter: Stadium parking needs better lights

    I enjoy going to the Buford football games. I do not enjoy walking through the parking area.
    We need more lights for the safety of the people. Let’s not wait for an accident to happen.

    Larry Cohen
    Buford

  • Column: Journalism under attack just as we need it most

    When has the work of journalists been more important?
    Was it 50 years ago, when America’s inner cities were burning and the Pentagon was hiding the scope and nature of the war in Vietnam?
    Or 100 years ago, when the administration of President Woodrow Wilson was muzzling newspapers and churning out propaganda in support of the nation’s involvement in what would become known as World War I?

  • Commentary: Graham reacts to Florence, Manafort plea, Mueller probe

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” last Sunday. Host John Dickerson interviewed him about the still-unfolding Hurricane Florence, the special counsel’s investigation and North Korea. Here are excerpts.

    John Dickerson: South Carolina is seeing significant rain and flooding. Senator, how’s the state doing?

  • Letter: Sign up now for IL Relay For Life

    We’re all set for registration for the upcoming Relay For Life season. Our event site is live at relay.acsevents.org, so be sure to get signed up and invite your friends and family to do the same.