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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Proposed limits on White House protests should not be enacted

    The White House. To the world, it’s the image of the United States.
    To Americans, it’s the “us” in U.S. – and the universally recognized metaphor for the president and the administration behind him.
    And for at least 100 years, it’s been the prime spot for demonstrators focused on many of society’s most important issues – war and peace, abortion and gun rights, health care policies and more.

  • Letter: Appreciation for Dennis Straight

    May the good Lord bless the family of Dennis Straight and comfort them in their time of grief.  They are in my prayers, as are the victims of the fires in California. Some of them lost everything, even their lives.
    May the good Lord be with them all.

    Carl M. Miles Sr.
    Lancaster

  • Letter: County should cut pet adoption prices

    Why is the county waiting so long to build the animal shelter that they keep saying they are going to build?
    They keep talking about all the animals that they keep getting and they keep putting a lot of them down because they don’t have enough space to keep them. Well, the price that they charge to adopt one – $100 for dogs and $80 for cats – is ridiculous.

  • Letter: County council weak on solving IL issues

    It is unfortunate that the county council either does not understand the situation in Indian Land or does not care about it.
    We are choking on increased traffic (especially on the sole north-south route of U.S. 521), looking at the very near possibility of overcrowded schools (including the new one just built), and potentially overstretching the area’s infrastructure.
    Our neighbors in Fort Mill faced the same issues, and one of their solutions was the imposition of impact fees (which approach $15,000 per new home).  

  • Column: Government’s 3 branches set up for a reason

    This is in response to Sonny Jim Doyle’s recent guest column. Apparently, Mr. Doyle thinks that the president is charged with “running the country.” Fortunately, that is not the case.
    The U.S. government is a separation of powers form of government, and it consists of three individual branches: the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch. Each branch is assigned its own tasks and responsibilities. This is to prevent an individual ruler from having the power to control every aspect of government.

  • Column: Growing county needs to protect its archaeological, historical sites

    November is National Native American Heritage Month. As I reflect on this, I see a cause for concern.
    The upswing in the economy and the related growth in the Panhandle of Lancaster County signal vibrant growth. My fear is that we are losing a tremendous number of archaeological and historical sites in this path, as once-open land is logged, graded and paved. Beaufort County experienced a similar phenomenon decades ago.

  • Letter: Trump’s talk is crude, but I like his results

    I write this in response to Christine M. Taylor’s Nov. 16 letter to the editor comparing President Trump with President Obama.
    She wrote that Trump’s economic successes are “piggy-backing on what Obama did.”

  • Column: SCDOT honored by trade group that it pays millions

    Christy Hall, chief of the S.C. Department of Transportation, was in a bragging mood at last month’s DOT Commission meeting, announcing that the agency had won three “President’s Transportation Awards” from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
    “I’m proud to announce that once again – once again – the South Carolina DOT has demonstrated that we are one of the best DOTs in the nation, and we are a leader in excellence and innovation,” Hall told commissioners.