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Columns

  • Eckstrom column: Apprenticeships help young workers, firms, state’s economy

    For students and families concerned about the high cost of college these days, there’s a unique opportunity available in South Carolina to avoid these costs – and the large student loan debt that often results from them.
    This opportunity lies in our state’s extensive and growing apprenticeship programs.

  • I know why people don’t like politicians

    One of the challenges I face as a politician is that a lot of people don’t like politicians. This honestly doesn’t bother me too much. I work with politicians every day, and I don’t like a lot of them either.

    But sometimes I do try to figure out why that is.

  • Additional ACA Facts

    This is in response to two guest columns concerning the Affordable Care Act – Nick Pasquine’s, “Lawrances’ column was a we-want-more-free rant,” and Brooks Walker’s, “True facts about ACA frightening.”

  • Stop socialism in America

    I’m writing this letter in hopes of convincing my fellow Lancaster residents of the importance of this year’s election. Normally a mid-term election is not that big of deal, but this one is. I’ll explain why. Over the last five years our country has changed. And not for the better. Our president has said and I quote, “I will fundamentally change the United States.”

  • School choice unites, empowers

    What agenda could possibly unite these political odd couples – Liberal Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Conservative Republican Sens. Ted Cruz. Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton? Support for the rapidly expanding world of education options.

    As we just celebrated during National School Choice Week, each of these leaders is part of a bi-partisan groundswell of advocates for evidence-based school choice programs, both public and private.

  • MLK parade a success

    The inaugural “I Have a Dream” parade and ceremony in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was truly a memorable day for Lancaster. With more than 45 entries participating in the parade, as well as an estimated 200 in attendance for the ceremony, folks braved the cold to come out and honor a great leader.

  • Gavarrete family grateful for opportunities in county

    I want to express my gratitude and thanks for the support and love that you have shown me. Thank you for the opportunity of allowing me to live and work in Lancaster for 15 years.

    My name is Jose Gavarrete. I was born in 1978. I am the sixth child in a family of 10. My father was executed by the armed forces in the mountains of Honduras in March 1983 and to this day we do not know the truth of the case.

  • Seeking the heart of God

    In Luke 15, when flagrant sinners came to Jesus to hear his teaching, he was severely criticized by the religious leaders of his day.

    In response, Jesus taught three parables that reveal the seeking heart of God.

    The first parable was about a lost sheep. Its shepherd left his flock to look for it, and when he found it, he carried it back on his shoulders, rejoicing. He then called his friends and neighbors to rejoice with him over his discovery.

  • True facts about ACA frightening

    Michael Jedson’s response, “It’s time to separate fact from fiction about ACA,” to my and W.B. Evan’s articles sought to separate fact from fiction.

    Jedson began with Mr. Evan’s article and suggest that it is Mr.Evan’s fault for not being able to afford the huge co-pay for drug coverage. But the fact is, the ACA is supposed to be the “affordable” care act.

  • Lancaster County’s tax incentives prove effective

    With the recent announcement of Keer America choosing to locate its new facility in Lancaster County, questions have been raised about the incentives that can be offered to companies (both domestic and foreign) to locate in South Carolina.