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Columns

  • Local Republican Party making accomplishments

    At our recent convention, a record-breaking turnout of Lancaster County Republicans elected a new slate of officers, giving me a second term as the county chair along with re-electing John Plyler as our treasurer and Diane Swofford as our secretary.
    Also elected at the convention were several new faces: Brandon Newton as first vice chair, Jerry Holt as second vice chair and Earl Capps as state executive committeeman.

  • Wellness is essential to leading productive life

    Pathways to Wellness – this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month – calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health.
    Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life. However, we may have different ideas about what wellness means. Hopefully, one will agree it involves a set of skills and strategies to prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and well-being.

  • Sacrifice was for nothing good

    “Sometimes, for the greater good, sacrifices must be made.” While the author of this quote is unknown, politics has often demanded such sacrifice for a greater good in our society.
    Our state is blessed with magnificent mountains, fabulous foothills and beautiful beaches, bringing folks from across the country to vacation. In fact, tourism is one of the major contributors to the state’s economy, job market and tax base. Six years ago, the Legislature was confronted with such a question of sacrifice, for the greater good.

  • Liberals ignore God’s law

    When God had enough contempt and defiance from man, he startled the thousands of workers building the tower of Babel by confusing their speech.
    All those workers went from speaking one language to many different ones. Not able to communicate with one another, the tower fell into decay and was never finished.  
    Today, there are more than 6,000 languages spoken throughout the world.  
    JAARS Bible translators at Waxhaw  have done a magnificent job of translating many languages of the world into English.  

  • Treasurer committed to county taxpayers

    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.
    So we can better serve you and assist you with any questions or problems, it’s important that you know what my office does, as well as what it does not do.
    As Lancaster County treasurer, I am responsible for collecting property taxes and serving as the county’s banker, maintaining the county’s bank accounts.

  • Senate now considering 2013-14 state budget

    This is the point in the year when the S.C. Legislature is in full swing and I want you to know how very much I appreciate the trust you have placed in me to represent you in the S.C. House of Representatives.

  • Living with autism

    Editor’s note: April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a brain disorder that often impacts a person’s ability to form relationships with others, communicate and respond appropriately to the external world. Lancaster resident Wanda Sirk shares her experience of what it is like to live with her 24-year-old son, Corey Pope, who is autistic.
    Chances are you know at least one family member who is affected by autism. One in 88 children are diagnosed with autism each year in America and one in 54 of those children are boys.

  • Discussion begins on immigration

    By the time you read this, a group of United States senators will likely have introduced the first significant proposal on immigration reform in more than 20 years.
    While it is far too early to comment on its content – the group has been fairly secretive as to details – the simple fact that such a high profile group will be offering a proposal is noteworthy. And it offers a good opportunity to talk, generally about immigration.

  • ‘CG’ helps to protect your wallet

    If you’re the person who keeps up with bills and balances your family checkbook, you can definitely relate to the role of a comptroller general.
    That’s my title, state comptroller general. Many folks in state government simply refer to me as “the CG.”
    That’s a peculiar title, even a little old fashioned. So it’s not surprising when I meet people outside state government who ask about the responsibilities of my job and the agency I direct, the Office of Comptroller General.

  • The run ends but the road never does

    How can you get what you want from life if you do not know what it is that you want? Over the past years, I have observed a problem within our society and it seems to be that a great many people feel lost, confused and without a sense of purpose.
    They have no direction in their lives and seem to be floating about aimlessly. Going from relationship to relationship, job to job, day to day, seeking happiness in material possessions, and always wanting more but doing less to achieve.