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Letters to the Editor

State revenues sputter along, continuing recent trend of slowing growth

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

COLUMBIA – During state government’s fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017, General Fund revenues increased slightly over 2016 revenues, bringing in $7.582 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017 compared to $7.271 billion in FY 2016, an increase of $311 million.

Open-government movement has come a long way

on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller It was ten years ago that I began developing plans for what would eventually become the state’s Fiscal Transparency Website -- one of the first such sites the country. The goal was to provide citizens easy access to d

State spending, reality vs rhetoric

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Elisabeth Allen Statehouse politicians love to wax eloquent about the dangers of spending too much money on non-essential services – right before spending too much money on non-essential services. You could pick on a great number of lawmakers for this

Leave the Donald alone

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Donald Trump won the Presidency fair and square. Please let him run the country without liberal left wing interference, According to USA Today, twenty-nine percent of Americans do not trust the national news media. ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS and CNN have commu

Credibility of Pulitzer Prize takes a hit

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Drew Johnson After busting the New York Police Department for abusing a decades-old eviction law, nonprofit news organization ProPublica received a public service Pulitzer Prize. A powerful story of journalism in pursuit of justice, right? Not so fas

Random thoughts and questions

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Did the South Carolina legislature accomplish anything this year? Same for U.S. Congress. Global warming/climate change? America is the second largest contributor next to China? Go hug a tree and get real. President Trump thinks political correctness su

The Lighthouse in need of AC

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The Veterans Resource Center of Florence is located in the Lighthouse Ministries building on Elm Street, here in Florence. Not too long ago the phone system in the building had to be replaced, which was a considerable expense. Shortly after, a heat pump w

I-73 would be great, but we can’t afford it

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I have decided that I must have a Bugatti Chiron. It is the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious, exclusive production car ever. Never mind that it costs $3-million, a new set of tires probably cost $10,000 or more, an oil change likely $1,000, or more

Hat’s off to the City for downtown efforts

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I would like to compliment the City of Florence for your courageous undertaking in revitalizing your city center. We were traveling I-95 returning home to Florida after visiting family and decided to try something different from the box hotels that line o

Trump’s messaging strategy needs repealing

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The American people voted for Donald Trump primarily because he became their only option to defeat Hillary and her socialist agenda, not because they were enamored with his personality and style of communicating. The Democrats were in total disarray after

South Carolinians are leaving their mark

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

South Carolina has had a remarkable presence in the national spotlight lately: • For a few months, the national titles in three major college sports belonged to S.C. teams – the outgoing champion Coastal Carolina Chanticleer baseball team as well as the r

John is my heart

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

This article is about a father who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. An interesting observation by this dad and commentary that says a lot about our failing and fallen society. By Frank Schaeffer The W

Talking to the other side

on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberals and conservatives, or pro- and anti-Trump v

Why do liberals deflect Ben Carson’s wisdom to score cheap political points?

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Armstrong Williams It really is a shame. During my Town Hall interview conducted on my Sirius XM 126 Radio in which HUD Secretary Ben Carson began to explain some of the principles and market dynamics affecting policy initiatives at HUD, Carson noted
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