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Columns

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

    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.

  • Make sure information correct on your tax bill

    In the fall, tax bills are sent out to county homeowners. Tax bills are normally sent out in late September or early October in which many Lancaster County homeowners have already received their tax bills.
    Tax bills are customarily sent out early to allow those with escrow accounts enough time to ensure the information is being forwarded to their mortgage companies and taxes paid, as well as allow those who have paid off their homes and don’t have escrow accounts enough time to pay their taxes.

  • Balanced budget would solve problems

    Whenever we read an editorial letter we are tempted to look for the author’s bias and this may determine whether we will continue reading.
    We are loyal to our own bias and often this closes our mind to consider the accuracy of the opinion or information. Having said this, I have been looking at the events in Washington and around the country. There seems to be a clear right and wrong that is either not being reported vigorously enough, or is being subjected to political spin to justify behavior, which I cannot believe is acceptable to the average citizen.

  • Flexibility works for local school districts in the state

    During my time as state superintendent, I’ve visited more than 220 schools, in every county in South Carolina.
    One thing our education leaders repeatedly tell me, is “If we had the same flexibility as public charter schools, we could be more effective.” I totally agree.
    I support flexibility for schools and districts so they can make decisions that are best for their diverse communities.
    I do not advocate increasing class sizes as The Lancaster News story, “Zais’ proposal worries educators,” said in the Oct. 11 edition.

  • Become an advocate for the elderly

    October is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month. It is a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term care (LTC) residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights of residents in long-term care facilities.
    This year’s theme, “Speak Out Against Elder Abuse,” was selected to call attention to the fact that elder abuse is an issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
    The abuse of long-term care residents is an occurrence that not many people like to acknowledge or report.

  • Looking for Christ in the Bible

    Jesus said that the Old Testament scriptures “are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

  • Journalism still viable career choice

    Alumnus Jon Turner laments the state of journalism in a letter, suggesting journalism students would be better advised to “follow the money” rather than their passion for journalism.
    Following the money is itself a good journalistic practice. It’s what Deep Throat advised Woodward and Bernstein to do in unearthing the details of the Nixon Watergate scandal.
    It’s the money trail that often brings politicians, shady corporate types, deluded athletic stars and the occasional despot to heel.

  • State treasurer praises local treasurer’s office

    Fall is getting busy at the Lancaster County Treasurer’s office. While our primary focus is improving customer service for county taxpayers, another important priority is developing partnerships with other public officials who can help the treasurer’s office do an even better job.

  • Death of newspapers is greatly exaggerated

    National Newspaper Week, Oct. 6-12, is a good time to offer a fresh perspective on the newspaper industry.
    To paraphrase what Mark Twain said about the premature printing of his obituary, let me say that the reports of the death of newspapers in our state and nation are greatly exaggerated.
    While the printed edition continues to be the core product, many newspaper media companies today also offer news in a variety of digital options: websites, text alerts, mobile sites, social media sites, apps and more.

  • Lancaster mother and her son attend U.N. Water conference