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Letters to the Editor

My hiding place

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7 (In the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) As a child I remember playing Hide ‘n Seek. I am the oldest of eight and we

U.S. record levels of debt – who cares?

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Dr. Mark Hendrickson Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. Do you remember the band Chicago’s 1970 single, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” I thought of it the other day in connection with the U.S. debt problem, except

How America’s natural gas will help countries meet their Paris commitments

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Merrill Matthews While critics bemoan President Trump’s decision to pull out of ­– or renegotiate – the Paris climate agreement, the United States has been reducing its greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade. And now the country is poised to he

Total eclipse provided a welcome distraction

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

For a period of a few weeks, the news seemed like it couldn’t get any worse. North Korean military exercises triggered new fears of nuclear war. Racism and violence in Virginia shook the country. Protests by so-called “anti-fascists” resulted in assaults

Music therapy

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

“Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) The medical world has picked up on something that Go

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
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