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Column: Why college tuition keeps skyrocketing

As Benjamin Franklin didn’t quite say, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and university tuition increases.”
How much has university tuition gone up since 2006? According to data from the Commission on Higher Education, instate tuition at Clemson, the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston has gone up over 48 percent in the last 10 years.


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Column: Hillary decries street weapons, but she’s lying about them

In Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton once again made the oft repeated claim of the anti-gun crowd that “we have too many military-style assault weapons on the streets.”
The problem with this statement is that it is a lie.
The military does not use semi-automatic firearms on the field of battle.


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How should we deal with arrogance, incompetence and corruption?

Column: Case studies on S.C.’s 3 fundamental faults

Nothing is more infuriating than seeing another news story about the arrogance, incompetence or corruption that characterizes politics as usual in South Carolina. There were three such stories in only the last few weeks.
What’s most infuriating is that none of this needs to happen and there are a few simple solutions that could prevent many of these problems or fix them once they occur.


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Malik Mackey

Column: Black people often treated like a cancer on America

Editor’s note: Malik Mackey grew up in Lancaster. He is a 2015 graduate of Lancaster High School and a former class president. He is a sophomore political science major at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

I get so tired of turning on the news and feeling as though my blackness is a handicap that is hindering America. As if we’re a cancer that is killing this country.


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Rudy Barnes Jr.

Column: We need political reconciliation

Editor’s note: Rudy Barnes Jr. will be on our Nov. 8 ballot as a candidate for the 5th Congressional District, representing the American Party of South Carolina. According to his website, Barnes practices law in Little Mountain, near Newberry. He graduated from The Citadel and has a master’s in public administration and a law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a retired United Methodist minister and a retired Army colonel who once served on the Columbia City Council.


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Duncan Taylor

Column: S.C. exempts more sales tax than it collects

In the most recent year for which data is available, a review by The Nerve has found, S.C. state government collected $2.4 billion in sales tax revenue – but exempted a full $3 billion.
That’s the opposite of what one would expect to find. In most forms of taxes, only a few items are exempt, and in a typical year a typical state would take in far more than it would exempt. It’s a simple matter of government needing revenue: Lawmakers are reluctant to dole out too many exemptions since that means less revenue.


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Every U.S. president has held previous high public position

Column: Trump has no requisite experience

One important reason that Donald Trump is not qualified to hold the office of president of the United States is his lack of experience.
All 38 men who were elected to the position, as well as the five who were promoted due to the death or resignation of the serving president, had previously held high-ranking public service positions in either the government or military.


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Column: Leftist elites have created a delusional democracy

Dr. Steve Stewart had a great opinion piece in the Phil Nobel Gazette (TLN) last week.
Dr. Stewart speaks the truth. The change will not come from our leaders, but from the people. The only true option is to return to the Judeo-Christian foundation of our Founding Fathers.
I do not believe that a great revival will happen, because the Bible does not prophesy a revival. America has entered the post-Christian age.


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But the legislature always attaches strings, retains control

Column: Troubled agency? Give it to the governor

In South Carolina, many state agencies that carry out executive functions are nonetheless run by boards appointed by the legislature and the governor. Typically when one of these agencies has major problems, legislative leaders propose making the agency a “cabinet” agency.


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Column: Psych 101 garbage?! Oh, let me differ, sir

Ronald Hopkins’ letter in Wednesday’s Lancaster News was in criticism of Phil Noble’s previous column concerning South Carolina state government being corrupt. His points may have been well taken except for one with which I must take issue: He asked, “Where did that garbage come from… psychology 101?”


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