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Columns

  • Ethics reform bill makes final stretch

    The string of headlines on ethics issues over the past six years means the time has come to strengthen our laws. Recently, the House put the finishing touches on a bi-partisan Ethics Reform Act that passed 110-0. A true recounting of this issue would take many pages, so here are a few of the major reforms our Ethics Reform Act fixes:

    Independent

    investigations

  • Is S.C. Legislature a ‘den of thieves?’

    Exactly 40 years ago this summer, a brash 36-year-old reformer running for governor called the state Senate “a den of thieves.” A majority of Democratic voters agreed with him, and Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel won the primary to become the Democratic Party’s nominee.

  • Just how widespread is public corruption in S.C.?

    After six years of peeling back layers of our corrupt state government, nothing should surprise us.

    And yet Judge Casey Manning’s ruling was still a shock – it didn’t seem possible for a judge to shut down a grand jury investigation into alleged corruption by the speaker of the house and argue that Bobby Harrell’s staff and colleagues on the House Ethics Committee must first decide if he had committed a crime.

    But it happened.

  • Time a deciding factor?

    “Let’s pass the law even though we know we do not like all that is in it. Then we can clean it up and change the areas that concern us through amendments immediately after,” said one Lancaster County Council member.

  • 3 GOP council members pass ordinance so they can fix it

    The Panhandle overlay district was passed by Lancaster County Council on June 9. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff, a Democrat, made the motion to approve, commenting, “What if we move forward, pass the third reading, and then move forward immediately with amendments to change some of the concerns we have.”

    Republican council members Larry McCullough, Bob Bundy and Brian Carnes agreed with McGriff and passed the motion.

  • God commends the faithful

    The Bible declares that God is faithful, meaning that he is firm, reliable, steadfast, sure, dependable, and trustworthy. The Hebrew word for faithful is “aman,” from which we derive our English word “Amen.”

  • Time for new leadership in South Carolina

    As our college students head home for summer vacation, they face an overwhelming burden of debt due to Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget cuts.

    Her budget cuts have forced South Carolina’s colleges to have the highest tuition in the Southeast. Haley talks about building our economy, but refuses to allow money in the budget to build a foundation for an affordable higher education system.

  • Carnes explains our county budget process

    In this month’s column, I will discuss the budget process used by Lancaster County.

    At the June 23 County Council meeting, the 2014-15 county budget was on the County Council agenda for final approval. However, the budget process began more than six months earlier in December 2013.

  • Community festivals fun and beneficial

    Next month, I’ll be attending the Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert.

    The Peach Festival is one of my home county’s proud traditions. For nearly 60 years, tens of thousands have flocked to this small town on Independence Day weekend to pay tribute to one of our state’s favorite summertime fruits.

  • Constitution more than ‘just piece of paper’

    I am writing this in response to John Lage’s article, “The tea party believes in the Constitution,” published in the May 21 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Mr. Lage, I have spent most of my adult life as an educator, first as a high school teacher of U.S. History for nine years and 25 years as a college professor of theater and speech.

    I spent many years in classrooms in preparation for my work. I have multiple degrees, including a high school diploma. Therefore, I am well acquainted with the classroom.