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Columns

  • Column: Mrs. Blackmon, don’t complain when TLN reports what you say

    This is in response to Linda Blackmon’s letter to the editor in Sunday’s paper.
    Mrs. Blackmon, I would like to point out that The Lancaster News has written exactly what you have said since this election protest started a year ago. Nothing is one-sided.
    Sometimes common sense flies out the window. A lot of us wonder why you thought you could just vote to make yourself $6,750 richer. It makes no sense. You should have asked City Attorney Mitch Norrell before you voted.

  • Commentary: Mulvaney talks about his bailiwick: budget, taxes

    Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and former congressman from Indian Land, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to discuss the Republicans’ budget, which had just passed the Senate, and the president’s tax-reform plans. Here are excerpts of his discussion with host John Dickerson.

  • Column: 6 questions for gubernatorial candidates

    The S.C. General Assembly is far different than 27 years ago when Operation Lost Trust blew open the cozy culture of the State House with federal charges against 28 legislators and lobbyists in a cash-for-votes sting.
    People went to jail. Some avoided it. Ethics rules were changed to become some of the toughest in the nation as it became virtually impossible for people to buy a cup of coffee legally for a friend in the legislature.  

  • Column: Bad idea: Statue of black Confederate soldiers

    Editor’s note: Two Upstate legislators last week proposed a State House monument honoring black soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. In September, Sens. Greg Gregory (R-Lancaster) and Darrell Jackson (D-Richland) proposed a statue of Robert Smalls, a slave who escaped with his family on a stolen Confederate ship, fought for the North and later represented South Carolina in Congress. Dr. Bartley’s column deals with both proposals.

  • Column: Why can’t the governor pick his advisers?

    As it turns out, the now-suspended V.C. Summer project isn’t the only nuclear concern in South Carolina.
    The Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council (NAC) met Oct. 11 to discuss the troubles facing a poorly managed plutonium fuel construction operation at the Savannah River Site. In the aftermath of the V.C. Summer project, this nuclear operation and the council tasked with overseeing it have mostly existed in the background, overlooked by many.
    Exactly who sits on this council, and what do they do?

  • Column: Another president who hated news media – no, not Nixon

    President Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t like the media by making threats and insulting both media outlets and individual journalists, ruminating about reforming libel law, and complaining about coverage of himself and his administration.

  • Column: Blackmon ignores No. 1 issue – ethics

    “Blackmon seeks $6,750 in back pay,” your Oct. 11 front page announced.
    After reading the article, and recollecting information from your previous articles about this election, I’ve come to my own conclusion.
    Linda Blackmon did not hold office for the preceding nine months because of Jackie Harris’ objection to the means by which the votes were cast. The disparity in the numbers of absentee votes for each candidate, and the way they were obtained, leaves me with some doubt about their authenticity.

  • Column: GOP must do tax overhaul, repeal/replace, or ‘we’re dead’

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham has raised his profile in the past few months, co-authoring a major health-care proposal and most recently championing cooperation between the White House and GOP leaders in Congress to enact key parts of President Trump’s agenda. Here are excerpts from his Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

    John Dickerson: Senator, let’s start with Iran. Are there enough votes in Congress to get this amendment to the Iran deal?

  • Column: Santee Cooper board seems to be sleepwalking at state expense

    Chairman Russell Ott appeared frustrated sitting across from outgoing Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter during last week’s House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee hearing.
    “So you don’t know why the board’s not here?” asked Ott.
    “I didn’t know they were invited. I don’t think they knew they were invited,” replied Carter.
    “I don’t think that’s correct,” said Ott.

  • Column: Trip down sartorial memory lane at Taxahaw Baptist homecoming

    Let me tell you about Taxahaw Baptist Church’s Homecoming Fashion Day two Sundays ago. What an event for the ages!
    It was a trip back in time, when we were young with our families, the good old days. Back when we had no fellowship halls, only long tables outside under big trees.
    Everyone shared lots of memories, as we all dressed in clothes that were worn a long time ago.
    Our preacher, Stephen Sullivan, was dressed in a wine-color check shirt, overalls and brogans. His wife, Jennifer, wore a long print dress, pink flowers and pink bonnet.