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Columns

  • 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

     

  • Our veterans deserve better

    As the chief advocate for seniors and vulnerable adults in our state, I was deeply troubled and saddened that services for a federally-funded program designed to keep veterans in their homes instead of nursing homes is being terminated because of lack of support by the Veterans’ Administration.
    A program that is both cost effective (on average three times less expensive) and will allow our elderly, disabled, or injured heroes the opportunity to live in familiar surroundings with their loved ones has not been given the priority it deserves.

  • Councilman expounds on hot-button issues

    During the last couple of Lancaster County Council meetings, we have talked about cluster developments, applying for a volunteer firefighter retention grant and a capital projects sales tax. These three issues have raised questions and the cluster development overlay district (CDOD) has been shadowed in confusion, so I would like to talk about them in this column.
    Cluster development
    overlay district

  • Politicians should stop playing politics

    A column, “GOP fails to improve economy,” written by Sheila Bickford, head of the Indian Land Democratic club, was published in the Sept. 20 edition of The Lancaster News. Published on the same page was a column, “S.C. education impacts our global competition,” by Phil Noble, president of the S.C. New Democrats.

  • Campaigns seek to end domestic violence

    South Carolina is at the top of an undesirable list when it comes to domestic violence deaths.
    The Palmetto State was ranked first in the United States in the number of women killed by men, according to a report released the last week of September by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
    The ranking was based on 2011 crime data, where 61 women were reported killed at the hands of men. The homicide rate among females murdered by males was 2.54 per 100,000 people, the report said.