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Columns

  • Mulvaney explains his No Budget, No Pay vote

    Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Budget, No Pay Act, which, among other things, temporarily extended the nation’s debt ceiling. The Senate followed suit, and the president signed the bill into law. 
    I voted for the bill. Here’s why:
    For the past two years, many of us in the House (some more than others, unfortunately) have been trying to draw attention to the alarming condition of our nation’s debt, our record deficits and the out-of-control spending in Washington.

  • Stop teen dating violence

    It has been almost three years since 19-year-old Siobhan Russell was found brutally stabbed to death by her 17-year-old boyfriend in Oak Hill, Va.
    In 2010, Siobhan’s abuser was arrested and sentenced to 40 years in prison. After living through this horrific event, Siobhan’s mother was determined to do all that she could to prevent other acts of abuse and violence. She now runs an organization to raise awareness about teen dating violence, where she speaks to communities about the warning signs of dating violence. She is an example for us all.

  • Military-based communities need our support

    You probably haven’t heard much about it, but there’s an economic threat to South Carolina lurking on the horizon beyond the latest crises in Washington over the fiscal cliff and the federal debt.
    While this threat to our state hasn’t received much attention or publicity, it’s a threatened round of widespread military base closings throughout the nation.
    Military officials and other knowledgeable sources believe it’s likely to happen in the near future, possibly as soon as 2015.

  • Home and community based services provide valuable help

    Imagine doing everything by the book your entire life – working hard, making an honest living, providing for your family’s needs and planning responsibly for your retirement.
    This is a story I heard over and over again from numerous seniors while touring the state over the last few months. But oftentimes, what some of these seniors hadn’t prepared for was the unexpected – a sudden illness that claimed their independence and robbed them of their savings.

  • Spay/neuter clinic will save money, pets’ lives

    Recently, I was talking to Joel Hinson, director of Lancaster County Animal Control. Hinson said the time is near when the animal shelter’s needs become even more critical.
    Hinson said when children are out of school and bored, their minds turn to having pets, not realizing how much of a responsibility it is to own take care of a pet.

  • Resident asks school board to be proactive in planning

    Editor’s note: This letter was addressed to Lancaster County School Board members Don McCorkle and Mary Etta Taylor and District Superintendent Gene Moore.
    I hope that 2013 is off to a great start for you. You may recall I have sent numerous e-mails asking for information on the new elementary school, as well as the plan for the Indian Land schools in general.

  • New library long overdue

    The library building in downtown Lancaster has fallen on hard times. It’s a familiar landmark, where many folks grew up doing their homework and coming to story times.
    It is the headquarters that feeds our proud new facility in Indian Land and a thriving little branch in Kershaw.
    The library is 42 years old. Most of the furniture is vintage 1970. Shabby would be a kind way to describe the carpet and the overall appearance of the interior spaces.

  • We now have government without representation

    In 1773, in Boston Harbor, patriots dumped tea into the water in protest over the English tax imposed upon them. This iconic American event put into perspective a principle that would later be reflected in our Constitution — no taxation without representation.

  • Important to get involved in community

    Lancaster County Republicans place a high priority upon civic involvement, which is a value shared by many Lancaster County residents, regardless of political affiliation.
    Our county is blessed with many caring citizens from many walks of life who are committed to making a difference. One of the top priorities of the Lancaster County Republican Party is making sure every citizen – Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike – who wants to make a difference has an opportunity to do so.

  • We need calm, healthy debate about gun control

    Letter writer John P. Lage Jr. took exception to my guest column. “Letter to my congressman,” in the Jan. 2 edition of The Lancaster News. Mr. Lage, your response completely shifted the discussion away from gun control and resorted to scare mongering, much like the NRA, which I can imagine you are a life member.