On colorless faith, jobs and bees

We’re not trying to go from preachin’ to meddlin’ here, but we have to give a thumbs up to the congregations that participated in this past week’s interchurch Lenten Pilgrimage ...

Bypass speed limit is not up to speed

When the speed limit on the Highway 72 bypass was changed from 45 to 40 mph, it was stated in the Index-Journal that the change was prudent because the traffic lights were timed at 40 mph. Well, it is ...

Hits and misses in Trump budget

There are many things to like about President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget, but some concerns remain, and we will have to wait a bit for more details. Trump’s so-called “skinny& ...

Story's headline not reflection of group

I would like to thank the Index-Journal for covering our recent meeting of Indivisible Greenwood, McCormick, Edgefield. We gratefully appreciate the attention of your fine reporter Adam Benson. Howeve ...

Out of this world tourist attraction

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel around the moon? Next year, two people will reportedly be taking this trip of a lifetime. What they will see and experience on the mythical celes ...

Senate should rejectHouse maneuver

The South Carolina House of Representatives’ decision on Tuesday to get rid of a Cabinet officer exemplifies why improved governance is so hard to achieve in a legislative state. The House voted ...

Sunshine Week celebrates public's right to know

Rita Ward had a question: Why did a weekly listing of causes of death suddenly stop appearing in the local newspaper? It turned out the health department in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, halted its pra ...

Impound autos of drunk drivers

It is reported that South Carolina has been ranked the fifth worst state in the U.S. for drunk driving deaths. The slogan “Sober or Slammer” doesn’t seem to be working. If the state ...

Greenwood's Calhoun did much that's good

I read the article in the March 8 Index-Journal on the controversy over things named for John C. Calhoun. Under a photograph of a street sign, you had this caption: “Roads around the Lakelands, ...

Not putting faith in lawmakers

The proposed tax to fix the roads of South Carolina is nothing more than our legislators imposing on us a tax to cover their lack of planning and vision for our state. I know our roads need repairing ...

Farmland fertile for solar farms

In parts of rural South Carolina, a little extra income could be the difference between the poverty line and a middle class life for some households. The state has the chance to help those households ...

Glad paper touting FOIA's importance

Your March 12 column, “Serving the public as its eyes and ears,” prompted me to write. Thank you for reminding your readers of the importance of the Freedom of Information Act, all the mor ...

Says gas pipeline a serious concern

We need to stop the construction of Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, which is the natural gas pipeline coming through Laurens and Greenwood counties. This pipeline will come very close to Lake Gree ...

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 ...