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Columns

  • Our local pets need your help

    It seems that every few months or so I put an article in the paper to tell you, my friends and neighbors, about the plight of some of the innocent pets in our community. Today is not so different, but I will tell you about the plight of the Humane Society of Lancaster SC.

  • Meet the young radicals of South Carolina in 1776

    A decent respect for our history and heritage demands that over the Fourth of July holidays we do more than just eat barbecue, watch fireworks or go fishing.
    For many years, I have made it a practice every Fourth of July to read the Declaration of Independence and spend some time in study of the men and events that surround this momentous and defining event in the life of our country. This year, I was struck by both the age and wealth of the signers from South Carolina. So, who were they?
    Thomas Heyward Jr.

  • Text4baby helps new, expectant mothers

    I am a mom. It is the hardest and most rewarding job I could ever imagine. My first child was born when I was quite young, my second not far behind.
    I am one of the lucky moms. I have a wonderful family, a great pediatrician and supportive co-workers, who all gave me guidance during my pregnancy and in those early days of the kids’ lives.
    There are many moms in our state who have less help in the journey we call parenting.
    Some may not have role models as I do in my own mother and grandmothers. Some may not enjoy health-care or prenatal-care benefits.

  • Time to focus on positives of public schools

    It is always interesting to read articles in magazines and newspapers where people with great knowledge spill their wisdom concerning the feelings of our public school system.
    This had gone on for years and years. Yet, for some reason or other, all these wonderful ideas are wasted. The one big whipping pole is money or according to most of these wise people, money wasted on public school in South Carolina.

  • City takes lead in restoration

    Who would ever have thought the fascination of a 5-year-old child would result in helping rescue a building years later? But that is the catalyst that inspired the city of Lancaster to step up and fund repair work to the Cultural Arts Center.
    Restoration efforts had been underway sporadically since 1976, but progress was hampered by insufficient funding. With the reinfestation of bats in the early 1990s, use of the building ceased and repairs foundered.

  • Advice for recent graduates

    Well, it is summertime and graduation has come and gone. For those who do not rush off to college, I am guessing mom and dad are probably encouraging you to get out and find a job.
    And with that being said, I have some advice for you related to the job interview process. No, I am not going to bore you with the mechanics of how to build a resume, merely tell you what employers are looking for in today’s work environment and prospective candidate.

  • Is this America’s last birthday?

    America is the first country in history to be founded based on individual liberty. The principles of liberty are timeless. The concepts apply as much today just as they did more than 200 years ago.
    Our founders knew firsthand the misery and suffering caused by tyranny. They came from societies where government controlled its citizens with an iron fist. They had a solid understanding of the consequences of unchecked power.

  • Understand taxes when buying a car

    Most people like having new cars. Unfortunately, with new cars come taxes and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When buying a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office (these will vary based upon where you live in Lancaster County) and you must also pay a sales tax for the car to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • Government trust was broken with IRS scandal

    I’m not much into Washington scandals. Generally, I think they tend to distract us from the fundamental problems that we face as a nation.
    Sometimes it seems that our nation’s capital would much prefer to focus more on some general’s girlfriend than it would on things like balancing the budget. I’ve also learned that something that might be a front-page scandal to one party when it is in the minority is easily ignored by that same party once it wins a few elections.

  • Maintaining our roads essential to economy

    In his most recent column, Mr. J.R. Wilt objects to the county road maintenance fee being increased by $5, from $25 to $30. I strongly disagree. Lancaster County residents have complained about the poor condition of our roads for years. While this increase will not improve the condition of our state-maintained roads, it will improve the condition of our county-maintained roads.
    I support the proposed road maintenance fee increase, and I encourage all residents of Lancaster County to do the same. For the record, my home is located on a state-maintained road.