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Today's Opinions

  • A good deal for Iran, a bad deal for America

    In 1994, President Bill Clinton announced a deal with North Korea aimed at curbing their nuclear ambitions. North Korea was to freeze and dismantle their nuclear program, but they were caught cheating and the deal fell apart leaving a nuclear-capable North Korea in its wake.

     

  • Five years later: Dodd Frank continues to harm our communities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Five years ago, the President signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, touting that it would stabilize our economy and hold accountable those responsible for the financial crisis of 2008.  This law was sold to the American people as an end to “Too Big to Fail” and taxpayer-funded bailouts.  Indeed, Dodd-Frank made noble promises.

     

  • What can you do about that?

        Last week, our second full week in our new office on 233 Depot Street, I was thinking of some of the advantages of our move. One is that I’m within walking distance of Fisher’s. I discovered that I can call in an order for a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit and it’s ready by the time I walk there. The other advantage is that I no longer drive down Washington Street to get to the office.

  • Finally, South Carolina rejects racist flag

        “It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of.”
        With that, Republican Governor Nikki Haley congratulated the South Carolina legislature for its overwhelming votes to take down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. Hours later last Thursday, she signed the bill. The flag came down the next day.
        This was a long overdue change that moved swiftly after the racist killings of nine worshipers at a historic African-American church in Charleston last month.

  • Sanctuary city policies endanger communities
  • The Declaration of Independence

         When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • A progressive tide sweeps ashore!

        Recently, it seemed that 100 years of progressive change took place in a single week. Taken together, the events were a great victory for justice, decency, and fairness under American civil law.
        When we honestly try to live up to all those great words in our Constitution, what results is necessary change: an expansion of civil rights, not a continued denial for reasons of bigotry, religion, or even “tradition.”

  • Democracy was the loser

        On the last Friday of June I ran into Town Councilman Beckham Stanley at the Bower Center ground breaking. The Supreme Court had just struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage and Mr. Stanley asked me if I planned to write a column telling why the Supreme Court and a majority of the American people are wrong. By a majority of the American people, I assumed he was referring to a recent poll that showed 57 percent of Americans favored same-sex marriage.