School board needs comprehensive plan

Prematurely pushing an agenda in the media for consolidation and repeatedly presenting athletic programs, stadium names and mascots, as if they are the chief objection to consolidation, does little mo ...

Careless drivers are a menace

In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about the rising number of millennials who never bother to learn how to drive. What used to be a ritual of passage for nearly all teens, the culmination of man ...

Senate needs to reject House's grizzly betrayal

WASHINGTON In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and “denning” of bears ...

Sunshine on government for people, not press

It is Sunshine Week in South Carolina. The week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. But every week in our state, newspaper ...

Bills shortchange habitat, wildlife

Bills making their way through the S.C. House and Senate would weaken the ability of state residents to challenge construction in environmentally sensitive areas across South Carolina. We think that&# ...

Town hall meeting lacking substance

I attended Jeff Duncan’s Feb. 28 town hall meeting. Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but I expected at least some substance. What occurred, rather, was merely an Obama bashfest, followed by Free ...

Enough is enough; fly America's flag

I thank John Witt for his Feb. 28 letter to the editor. Our founding fathers would be disappointed with today’s leaders, their gutless disrespect of the hardships they endured for the freedoms w ...

Time for redistricting to go independent

Political incumbents in South Carolina tend to like the system by which they were elected. They feel no urge to alter it. But their constituents would like to see a change. The most recent Winthrop Po ...

Clarifying point made on flying of US flag

I would like to respond to David Lorenzatti’s article regarding my quote, “Only one flag should be allowed to fly in the U.S. No other.” I think it’s wonderful, Mr. Lorenzatti, ...

Takes issue with estate tax stance

I want to push back on U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s position on repealing the estate tax. This is a disincentive for the super wealthy to fund nonprofit activities. The reality is that given the size ...

Not surprised to hear of Dorn's giving nature

I read with interest your story about Steve Dorn and his sister in the Index-Journal (Feb. 28). I was not at all surprised. Steve was one of the first persons I met when my wife and I retired (sort of ...

Plastic bag ban not a state issue

Our position concerning plastic bag bans is the same now as it was in August — while the intent behind the ban concept is noble, we don’t think legislatively eliminating plastic bags is th ...

On healthy lives, roads, goodness

Yes, we know there was a day and time when kids didn’t need devices on their wrists to track the number of steps they took in a day. Back then, kids were active on the school playground and in g ...

Room for more than one flag in country

In a recent letter to the editor related to the controversy surrounding flags flown at Greenwood High School, one writer stated, “Only the American flag should be allowed to fly (in the U.S.). N ...