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Columns

  • 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.

  • School choice, though limited, is a victory for S.C. families

    There are few things that bring me more pleasure as chairman of the S.C. Republican Party than praising our state’s elected officials for focusing on truly meaningful reforms. Recently, members of our state Senate did just that.
    For more than a decade, school choice has been a big part of the national dialogue on education reform. In fact, 22 other states currently have school choice programs. That number is growing year after year.

  • Taxes can be paid with credit card

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service to the people who pay our bills, as part of my commitment to Put Taxpayers First in Lancaster County.
    One recent change in how county treasurers conduct business is that many, including here in Lancaster County, now allow people to pay via credit cards. This allows you to make credit card payments for tax bills either in person, on the website, www.mylancastersctax.org or by calling 1 (888) 525-3661.

  • Library needs to keep up

    When I was 4 or 5 years old, I lived on West Barr Street across from then Lancaster County librarian Robbie Horton. Miss Robbie often invited me to spend the day with her at the library, which at the time was located on East Gay Street – and I eagerly went along every chance I got.

  • More than 1,000 people at Democratic weekend

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party officers, delegates and guests attended the 2013 S.C. Democratic weekend in Columbia.
    One thousand guests attended the Jefferson/Jackson Dinner on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker.
    The vice president paid tribute to South Carolina veteran leaders, Rep. John Spratt, Sen. Fritz Hollings and Secretary of Education Dick Riley. He talked about Congressman James Clyburn’s 20 years of public service and his dedication to the people in his district and the state of South Carolina.