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Columns

  • 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.

  • BG TIME keeps our communities informed

    Can you recount how many times you have started telling a story to a child or grandchild, beginning with, “Back when I was your age…?” We tend to reminisce often about our lives as younger adults and how they compare to growing up today. Now, you have a chance to share your stories with others through BG TIME.

  • ‘Of course I support women and children, but…’

    There are some basic things all politicians can agree on, like protecting women against violence and providing our children with a good education, right? Wrong.
    Recently, we have seen two vivid examples of politics as usual at its worst in both Washington, D.C., and Columbia. The victims were women and children and the perpetrators were mostly Republicans.

  • S.C. Medicaid expansion: Consequences and costs

    The S.C. General Assembly will soon take up the question of whether to expand Medicaid eligibility – and, like so many things in the world of government and politics, what sounds like a great idea is actually a terrible one.

  • Eckstrom column: Payroll tax hike symptom of runaway federal spending

    Most of us will be seeing our 2013 paychecks shrink. But don’t blame the boss. Your take-home pay is shrinking because of a federal tax hike on your earnings.
    It’s a hike in Social Security taxes that was part of a recent late-night fix in Washington supposedly to protect us from plunging off the “fiscal cliff.” People shouldn’t feel much protected by Washington’s “fix” to raise taxes on the wealthy.

  • Why I voted against the fiscal cliff deal

    Recently, Congress approved the so-called “fiscal cliff” agreement. I voted against the final version of the deal. The reason is pretty simple: the agreement raised spending.
    Again. Indeed, its passage seems to reaffirm a disturbing truth about today’s Washington: compromises always lead to more spending, more debt, and too often, more taxes.
    Last week we added $330 billion to the national debt with new spending programs. At best, we have no plan for ever repaying that money; at worst, we have no intention to ever pay it back.

  • New old South Carolina conflict requires patience

    I’m sure Russian writer Leo Tolstoy wasn’t thinking about the Palmetto State when he quoted Gen. Kutuzov in “War and Peace.”
    “Patience and time. Time and patience.”
    But these words of wisdom seem to make a lot of sense for South Carolinians – both old and new, alike – as we continue to try to live and work together amicably in this weird and wonderful place we call home.

  • New majority, opportunities

    With the New Year, the first-ever Republican majority on County Council gives Lancaster County new opportunities to chart a new course.
    Led by Larry McCullough, chairman and Bob Bundy, vice chairman, look for the new council to put politics-as-usual behind and get to work on the issues that matter most –  attracting jobs, protecting our quality of life, keeping our communities and families safe and making sure no parts of the county are left out.

  • What’s next? Taxing sun?

    The Earth and the entire universe is massive, as well as fragile. Each planet that circles our sun has different characteristics; no two are the same. For example, Jupiter is a giant gas planet so huge that 1,100 Earth-size planets could fit inside it. Jupiter, as well as Neptune, emits more energy than it receives.