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Columns

  • Column: What does an average Medicare enrollee pay?

    Many people have a misconception that Medicare is free healthcare coverage for when they reach age 65.

    That is far from the truth.

    This column spells out some of the common costs that are associated with Medicare, to show future Medicare recipients what they might expect when they enroll. For a more detailed explanation of each of these parts of the program, visit Medicare.gov.

  • Column: Community of faculty, students convenes for USCL’s 58th year

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster will launch its 58th academic year Aug. 18, and our students and faculty are converging on campus this week excited about the intellectual journey ahead for all of us.
    Many Lancaster faculty members spent an interesting summer focused on scholarship, research and service on our campus, across our community and nation, even around the world.

  • Column: Listen as Clinton parses words on Comey’s e-mail testimony

    At a hearing in early July, members of Congress asked FBI Director James Comey why he had not recommended indicting Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information in her e-mails.
    Comey said he didn’t believe Clinton’s reckless, negligent handling of e-mails – his description – rose to the level of lawbreaking. He was asked if Clinton had lied to the FBI during its investigation, which would have been a federal crime in itself. No, he said.

  • Column: Finally, Phil Noble and I can agree on something

    I would first like to congratulate Phil Noble for Sunday’s article headlined “Buckets of highway money, corruption aplenty.”
    Mr. Noble has written many articles that my neighbors and myself read and question where he is coming from. However, this one article gives me some encouragement for his future writings.
    I am a registered Republican but vote according to the person in question.
    From 1960 through 2012, I demonstrated, sold and trained customers with the use of high-quality measuring tools in the South.

  • Column: Mulvaney didn’t back flooded S.C. farmers

    Mick Mulvaney is not fit to serve in the U.S. Congress. After he was first elected, hundreds of his supporters became what I refer to as political trash.

  • Column: Firefighter Madden stopped to help after terrifying wreck

    On the afternoon of June 15, I was involved in a terrible car accident on U.S. 521 north of Lancaster.
    A trailer came loose from another vehicle and ran underneath my car, causing my car to flip several times before going down an embankment and then landing in a small creek. This accident was a very traumatic experience for me. I instantly began to panic when I realized what was happening.

  • Column: Buckets of highway money, corruption aplenty

    To say that there is corruption in the S.C. Department of Transportation is like saying it’s dark at night.
    The question is will the current “reform” effort shed any light in the darkness or is this simply a case of the day following the night – only to see the darkness return. We’ll see.

  • Column: Rudy is right and Phil is fooling himself!

    Hello, Lancaster residents. I’ve been laid up for a while with some health issues, but I’m back.
    I want to start with Rudy Schmidt’s Wednesday column, headlined “The real root of racial violence.” Rudy is wasting his time. Liberals will never get it. Every stat he mentioned is a fact. Just Google Justice Department stats on crime, and there it is.
    But to a liberal, facts mean nothing. My father, a lifelong Democrat, told me, “If you ever want to confuse a liberal, use logic and facts.” They don’t want the truth.

  • Column: Picking apart how we talk about race in America

    Words are powerful things, but in and of themselves they have no real power. A word is just a sound that is interpreted into thoughts and ideas, good and bad.
    Today we are faced with a great deal of civil unrest due to racial tension, and we seek the right words to quell the unrest. Words only work when we have people willing to hear the message.
    Can anyone define what words like “white power,” “brown power,” “white privilege” and “black lives matter” truly mean?

  • Column: The real root of racial violence

    Like The Lancaster News’ favorite columnist Phil Noble, Charlene McGriff chooses the numbers she needs to fulfill her ideology and agenda.
    Much discussion is needed on the problems in America, but facts must also be present without ideology leading the discussion.
    I recognize that police seem to be shooting a lot more people today because the news leads with those stories. That is what we hear first, and blacks seem to be shot more often than whites.
    But let’s look at some numbers for our discussion.