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Columns

  • Council needs to work with the school district

    At the June 9 Lancaster County Council meeting, when introducing the development agreements, Council Chairman Larry McCullough indicated that the MI Homes development agreement included a payment of $500 per house to the county for the benefit of Lancaster County School District.

    McCullough further indicated that provision had been made by the Lancaster County Planning Commission that the school district be given a 30-day opportunity to suggest a contribution level that was more representative of the cost of constructing a new school.

  • There’s a time when loyalty is not a virtue

    After the Benghazi attack President Barack Obama went on The View and said this about the attack, “We don’t know what happened, it looks like a response to a video.” Then in the debates of 2012, when challenged by Mitt Romney about the video story he said, “We knew the next day that it was a terrorist attack and I said so in the Rose Garden speech the next day.” He was supported by the moderator which showed her obvious bias, considering it was at best an interpretation of his comments and at worst an out right lie.

  • Ethics reform bill makes final stretch

    The string of headlines on ethics issues over the past six years means the time has come to strengthen our laws. Recently, the House put the finishing touches on a bi-partisan Ethics Reform Act that passed 110-0. A true recounting of this issue would take many pages, so here are a few of the major reforms our Ethics Reform Act fixes:

    Independent

    investigations

  • Is S.C. Legislature a ‘den of thieves?’

    Exactly 40 years ago this summer, a brash 36-year-old reformer running for governor called the state Senate “a den of thieves.” A majority of Democratic voters agreed with him, and Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel won the primary to become the Democratic Party’s nominee.

  • Just how widespread is public corruption in S.C.?

    After six years of peeling back layers of our corrupt state government, nothing should surprise us.

    And yet Judge Casey Manning’s ruling was still a shock – it didn’t seem possible for a judge to shut down a grand jury investigation into alleged corruption by the speaker of the house and argue that Bobby Harrell’s staff and colleagues on the House Ethics Committee must first decide if he had committed a crime.

    But it happened.

  • Time a deciding factor?

    “Let’s pass the law even though we know we do not like all that is in it. Then we can clean it up and change the areas that concern us through amendments immediately after,” said one Lancaster County Council member.

  • 3 GOP council members pass ordinance so they can fix it

    The Panhandle overlay district was passed by Lancaster County Council on June 9. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff, a Democrat, made the motion to approve, commenting, “What if we move forward, pass the third reading, and then move forward immediately with amendments to change some of the concerns we have.”

    Republican council members Larry McCullough, Bob Bundy and Brian Carnes agreed with McGriff and passed the motion.

  • God commends the faithful

    The Bible declares that God is faithful, meaning that he is firm, reliable, steadfast, sure, dependable, and trustworthy. The Hebrew word for faithful is “aman,” from which we derive our English word “Amen.”

  • Time for new leadership in South Carolina

    As our college students head home for summer vacation, they face an overwhelming burden of debt due to Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget cuts.

    Her budget cuts have forced South Carolina’s colleges to have the highest tuition in the Southeast. Haley talks about building our economy, but refuses to allow money in the budget to build a foundation for an affordable higher education system.

  • Carnes explains our county budget process

    In this month’s column, I will discuss the budget process used by Lancaster County.

    At the June 23 County Council meeting, the 2014-15 county budget was on the County Council agenda for final approval. However, the budget process began more than six months earlier in December 2013.