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Columns

  • Socialists wear Capitalists’ clothing

    Perhaps the most dangerous thing a nation can do is stop defining itself – especially our nation, which was founded for the purpose of protecting and preserving liberty, justice and opportunity for all.
    We don’t like labels these days – we’re told they are “too confining.”
    But defining what system of government we have in place and what economic system is actually practiced is an exercise free people would be wise to undertake frequently.

  • We must always strive to do good no matter our circumstances

    The Bible teaches that no one is saved by doing good works. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.”
    Saving faith requires us to believe that by his death at Calvary The Lord Jesus Christ paid for all our sins, and that he rose from the dead to become our living Savior.

  • Number of 6-figure salaries growing at S.C. universities

    Nearly 1,700 administrators, professors and coaches at the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina earn at least $100,000 annually – an increase of about 250 from last year in the number of six-figure salaries,The Nerve found in a review of state salary data.
    The Nerve’s analysis of a salary database of employees at the state’s three research universities earning $50,000 or more, maintained by the S.C. Budget and Control Board (BCB), found that:

  • Cap – or better yet, eliminate – school fees

    For families with school-age children, the end of summer marks a transition from warm weather relaxation to the excitement of starting a new school year filled with new knowledge to gain, new friends to meet, and extracurricular activities to pursue.
    And, lest families without school-age children forget – school fees to pay.

  • South Carolina’s disclosure laws are among the nations’ weakest

    South Carolinians have become accustomed to seeing their state placed at or near the bottom of national rankings. Early childhood education, SAT scores, domestic violence, per capita income, physical fitness, cardiac health – the state usually finds itself somewhere between 40 and 50 (and in at least one case 51 – a ranking in which Washington, D.C. is ranked).
    One ranking, however, has received less attention than it should.

  • Lancaster is a very caring community

    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, U.S. author & illustrator (1904-1991)

    This statement is no less true today than the day Dr. Seuss first wrote it in 1971. Unless we care “a whole awful lot,” nothing in Lancaster is going to get better. Fortunately for Lancaster, and those who do care “a whole awful lot,” things are getting better.

  • Ask council to stop cluster development ordinance

    In my previous column, we looked at cluster development as proposed by the Lancaster County Planning Department/Planning Commission generally and as applied to the Treetops site on Van Wyck Road.
    The Proposed Cluster Development Ordinance was approved by the Planning Commission on Aug. 20 and sent to Lancaster County Council, where it is expected to be considered at the Sept. 9 meeting.
    So what’s the problem?

  • Meet the Treasurer’s Office team

    The biggest asset of the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office is its people. As your county treasurer, I am blessed to work with an outstanding team. Each employee sees those who come to our office as both a customer and a neighbor and we work together to be worthy of your trust in this important public office.
    To help you get to know your Treasurer’s Office, here are some of the hard-working people serving you in the Treasurer’s Office:

  • A mile of runway

    Editor’s note: Due to some technical issues, the wrong version of Doug Barnes’ column, “Lancaster County Airport asset to the community,” was published in the Wednesday, Aug. 28, edition. Following is the correct version.

    “A mile of road will take you a mile, a mile of runway will take you anywhere.” – Author unknown

  • Lancaster County Airport asset to the community

    When many of our South Carolina citizens think about their local airport, they may think it is the equivalent of an aerial yacht club, operating for the benefit of a few private pilots.
    While it is true that local airports provide a base for private and recreational pilots, airports offer so much more. Much of the activity you see around it is business-related.