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Columns

  • Howey column: The impact of a teenage pregnancy can last lifetime

    Those of us who have seen the movie “Riding in Cars with Boys” are aware of the hardships teenager mothers face.
    In the movie, Drew Barrymore’s character, Beverly D’Onofrio, was forced to put her aspirations of attending New York University and becoming a writer on hold after getting pregnant in high school.

  • Republicans offer future for all ages

    Lancaster County Republicans welcome Matt Moore, the new chair of the S.C. Republican Party. Moore replaces Chad Connelly, who just took a role at the Republican National Committee.

  • We can all help curb underage drinking

    My name is Caroline Howey and I am doing an internship with the Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation, and assisting with the Office of Research and Development at the school district.
    During my work here, I learned of the work of the Coalition for Healthy Youth, a network of public, private, civic, and faith-based representatives focused on preventing underage drinking and drug use within the county.

  • Why is death so expensive?

    Death isn’t cheap these days. Critics say regulations of South Carolina’s funeral industry block competition for those who want to buy an inexpensive casket. But they likely won’t get a sympathetic ear from a state lawmaker/funeral director who has successfully pushed funeral-related bills in recent years.

  • Time to fix education in S.C.

    Jon Butzon is a big guy and he has some big ideas about how we can fix education in South Carolina. He should know because for years he’s run the Charleston Education Network – he’s seen it, lived it and thought about it. He knows where we are as a state; he knows what works and, most importantly, what doesn’t work.

  • It’s important to sustain hope when facing cancer

    Hope is a curious thing. It’s about looking forward to something positive and refusing to give up. It’s about persisting in the face of adversity, even when the odds and the facts seem to be working against you. It’s about creating positive energy that can nourish both body and soul.

  • Taxpayer-funded nonprofits are not immune to FOIA

    Did you know that taxpayers are helping to fund a nonprofit business enterprise whose attorneys lobby the Statehouse while this business directs and dictates public policies to South Carolina’s county councils? This practice creates a conflict because taxpayer funds are being spent to lobby for an agenda that taxpayers cannot vote on and for policy positions that might not be supported by taxpayers. This business enterprise is the S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC).

  • Caregivers need respite

    “I was tired, but it was a different kind of tired. This kind of tired comes from day after day of constant caregiving with no end in sight – with no hope and no one to care. Respite allowed me to be with people who care and realize that some people understand what caregivers are going through.”

  • Looks like an inside job

    Our government is run by immoral and dishonest figures who pursue policies and actions designed to ruin America. It’s a war waged on America, sadly, from the inside.
    Sinister and destructive actions of America’s leadership, including the behavior of political parties, but especially the radical left, the mainstream media, the White House and President Barack Obama are leading to our demise.

  • Time to limit government overreach

    The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal email and cell phone records, branding him a “possible co-conspirator” in a classified leak case for asking questions to a government source.
    These revelations sent shock waves throughout newsrooms nationwide. Reporters can no longer assure their sources that interviews will remain confidential because there is no way to tell whether the government is listening.