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Columns

  • Suggestions for improving Lancaster

    I would like to share some ideas for Lancaster County Council members to consider. The biggest problem facing the county is the lack of jobs. Lancaster continues to be at the top of the list for unemployment. There are some things council can do to become an attractive place for a business to open or relocate.

  • Fight continues for sunshine on an open government

    It is Sunshine Week. No, don’t break out the SPF 70 sunscreen...this week is about shining light on government activities.

    Lest we forget, letting the sun shine on government actions and records is vital to our free democratic system of government.

    While efforts to improve government transparency in our Legislature have stalled for the last two years, there are those in the Palmetto State still fighting the good fight for more sunshine.

    First let’s recognize the journalists.

  • Citizen’s guide to S.C. Freedom of Information

    S.C. Press Association

    The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) makes records and meetings of public bodies open and available to citizens and their representatives in the press.

    As a citizen of South Carolina, you have the right to attend meetings of commissions, councils, boards and other public bodies. You have a right to see and copy records of public bodies. The FOIA – also known as the Sunshine Law because it shines light on government meetings and records – is essential to our democratic form of government.

    Who, what is covered?

  • Citizens deserve officials’ respect

    It happens in every county, every small town and every school district. It happens at the state level and at the federal level.

    “Watchdogs” monitor the actions of government. They attend meetings. They write letters. They ask the tough questions. They request public records under the Freedom of Information Act. Sometimes, they sound the alarm when they believe tax dollars have been wasted or politicians have misused their power.

  • Task force to count homeless in county

    You may have seen them sleeping in abandoned homes or warehouses. Some have been spotted in tents in Lancaster County’s woods or fields. But no one is sure how many are living out there.

    A group that calls themselves the Lancaster County Homelessness Task Force hopes to shed some light on the population with a count in Lancaster County.

  • Lobbyists control our legislators

    As we begin ramping up for another election cycle, I hope our local and regional news editors will ensure that our community is informed on the changing characteristics of national and regional government.

    Since most of us made our youthful visit to the voting booth, there has been a tremendous change in the dynamics of elected public service.

  • What would the founders do?

    A few months ago, some of my colleagues and I were discussing a bill recently introduced in the General Assembly, and someone remarked: “Wonder what the founders would think of that” The more we thought about it, the more it seemed like an entirely relevant question to ask of any bill.

  •  Man’s problem, God’s solution

    Romans 3:9-31 clearly identifies the problem all men face and God’s solution to it. The universal problem of all men is that we all are sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God.

    No mere human being has lived a sinless life; in thought, word, and deed, every person has sinned. We have sinned in our understanding, and with our bodies.

    No matter what standard of  right living we accept or adopt, none of us has perfectly lived up to that standard. In God’s eyes, all the world is guilty of sin.

  • Tax deadline is fast approaching

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2013 tax books, which takes place on March 17.

    This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster County government, as it allows those who serve on County Council, the school board and town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they work to finish their 2014-15 budgets.

  • Council to consider TreeTops development proposal Monday

    The Mattamy Homes proposal for a residential development on the TreeTops site on Van Wyck Road is expected to come before Lancaster County Council at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.

    Eagle Rock Camp, an organization dedicated to helping the families of service members with service-related difficulties through a camping experience, is looking for a new home and has shown an interest in the TreeTops site.