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Lori Sistare

Tribute to veterans salutes true heroes

Respectful. Honorable. Dedicated. Heroes.
These are a few words that describe our active military and our veterans. They are also the words that describe the group of individuals who presented the program, “A Tribute to our Veterans,” held on Nov. 1 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Bundy Auditorium.


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Bob Lanning

Jesus explains why we should trust the Bible

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ can trust the Bible because Jesus believed and taught that it was totally trustworthy and without error.
Jesus displayed a perfect familiarity with the Scriptures. He referred to Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Lot and his wife, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, Elijah and Elisha, Jonah, Isaiah and the prophet Daniel. He embraced its events, including creation, the flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the manna in the wilderness, Moses and the bronze serpent and the repentance of Nineveh.


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Police using military tactics threat to citizens

Over the last four decades, local police forces across the nation have been enthusiastically adopting military weapons and tactics. Whether and to what extent this alarming trend poses a threat to South Carolinians’ civil liberties is a question that deserves attention.


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Richard Eckstrom

State safeguards our tax dollars on multiple levels

Accusations of embezzlement make headlines all too often these days. And while stealing money is not limited to the public sector – even some church administrators and little league coaches have been accused of stealing – it seems to strike a deeper nerve when it involves taxpayer dollars.
Yet, from small town governments to large state agencies, the alleged theft of public funds never seems to be absent from the news for very long.


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Congressmen question Sebelius about healthcare.gov failures

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U.S. Reps. Mick Mulvaney, Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz sent this letter requesting information regarding the failures of healthcare.gov to Secretary of Health and Human Resources Kathleen Sebelius.

Dear Secretary Sebelius:
You have made a number of curious statements during your career in public life. Time and space do not allow for a full inventory.


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Ashley Landess

Public-private partnerships not working

In August of 2008, South Carolina legislative leaders held a press conference to unveil a plan to “fix” the economy and “create jobs.” The big reveal consisted of a bunch of charts – including my favorite, a pyramid with 30 plus government agencies listed in it – and the announcement of a new group called the Knowledge Sector Council.
What was this council supposed to be?


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Richard Eckstrom

S.C.’s public debt: First good news

At a time when our state and national debts have reached mind-boggling levels, South Carolinians received some encouraging news recently: The state’s unemployment agency recently repaid $75 million to the federal government ahead of schedule.
The payment by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) takes another big bite out of nearly $1 billion borrowed from the feds for unemployment checks the state disbursed during the Great Recession.


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John Baker

New gun range an indoor – not an outdoor– facility

Recently, James Burback penned a letter, “Open letter about gun range near new IL school,” in the Oct. 20 edition of The Lancaster News complaining about a new indoor firearms range that has been permitted in the Indian Land area.
He apparently is particularly aggrieved that the range will be located on Harrisburg Road, not too far from the new Indian Land elementary school, and for the record, not too far from where he lives.


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Jackie Hicks

Zais’s bag of tricks too scary for education

This Halloween, I think it would be fitting for State Education Superintendent Mick Zais to dress up as “Mayhem,” the character from those amusingly tragic Allstate commercials.
The changes Dr. Zais is trying to steamroll through our state’s education standards in a thinly veiled attempt to pave his way to re-election would leave the quality of South Carolina public education badly bruised and battered.


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Byers a legend in covering S.C. high school sports

By Robert Howey

Each year during the S.C. Press Association’s annual meeting, there’s a special time for the necrology report.
It’s a listing of those in the Palmetto State newspaper industry who have died since the last SCPA meeting.
I’m sure I’ll get a certain tug on the old heartstrings when I read Barry Byers’ name. That feeling will likely be similar to the one I felt last Friday afternoon – Oct. 18 – when I received word of Barry’s death.


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