Today's Opinions

  • Column: Journalism is under attack when our country needs it the 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?

  • Column: $312M in gas tax revenue accumulated as of Aug. 31

    As of Aug. 31, the state of South Carolina was sitting on nearly $312 million in revenues from the gas-tax-hike law that took effect more than 15 months ago – despite promises from lawmakers that the money would go toward fixing crumbling roads.
    Newly released records from the S.C. Department of Transportation and state Comptroller General’s Office show that of the approximately $362.3 million collected since July 1, 2017, $15.8 million, or less than 4.5 percent of the total, was spent on listed “external” projects.

  • Guest Column: How to choose the best Medicare option for you

    With Medicare Open Enrollment running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, here’s a question I’m hearing often.
    What is better – original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan?
    The first approach would include original Medicare Parts A (hospital) and B (doctors), which usually covers 80 percent of your medical cost, plus a Medicare supplement (also called Medigap insurance) sold by private insurance companies, which helps pay the 20 percent that original Medicare doesn’t cover. This approach would require a Medicare Part D (prescription) plan.

  • Column: Kavanaugh showed himself to be untruthful, insulting, smart aleck

    I periodically read letters to the editor that infuriate me, and I have the urge to immediately rebut what I have read. Generally, I calm down and decide that a response is not warranted for such a ridiculous opinion.
    Mr. Ralph Richardson’s Friday guest column warrants a response from the left.
    First, if he is going to state that President Obama did not accomplish anything positive during his eight-year term and also state that President Trump has accomplished more in two years, he should back up that statement with facts.

  • Letter: Random musings on incongruence

    The people who praised Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee for his beliefs are the same people who looked down on Tim Tebow for taking a knee for his.
    People who want to make guns illegal think this will stop gun violence. That really worked with drugs, didn’t it folks?
    Why do I need to own an AR-15? Why did Rosa Parks need to sit in the front of the bus? In a free country, one should not have to show need to exercise a basic right.

    Ronald Hopkins

  • Letter: Support Buck for school board

    I recently read Ken Buck’s column in your paper and I have to say that I am impressed with his stance on so many of the issues he addressed.
    I have always felt as though teachers needed to get more involved on school boards since I think they would know best what is going on in our schools and what works or does not work.

  • Letter: Vote ‘In Favor’ on rec bond, enhance Lancaster’s livability

    I voted last week – a privilege granted to those of us of a certain vintage and others with challenges that prevent them from voting on Nov. 6.
    And I voted enthusiastically “In Favor” of the $19 million bond referendum that is on the ballot.

  • Column: Our state’s maternal death rate is alarming

    South Carolina’s maternal-mortality rate is the eighth highest in the nation, with 26.5 deaths for 100,000 live births compared to 20.7 nationwide.
    The Centers For Disease Control also found that between 2011 and 2015, the maternal-mortality rate for black women in our state was significantly higher, with a gap of more than 40 deaths per 100,000 live births.
    I am helping to lead a bipartisan effort in the Senate calling for an increased focus on reducing maternal mortality in the United States and improving health outcomes for all mothers and children.