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Columns

  • 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.

  • Input from home important

    I know I should probably write about the current multiple scandals in Washington. And with the investigations into the Benghazi terrorist attacks, the revelation of the Department of Justice pulling the Associated Press’ phone records and the outrageous political vendetta being revealed at the IRS, there would certainly be no shortage of material.
    That said, I recently read a commentary on those scandals – and the way they are being pursued – that actually bothers me as much as the misdeeds themselves.

  • They died before their time

    More than likely, people of my generation who have tried to contact service buddies years later have been told by someone on the other end of the line that the person has died.
    Graciously, the person may also have told you that the buddy contracted some unusual disease or described some other circumstance that contributed to the buddy’s early death.
    There wasn’t a green sedan with two immaculately dressed service members who walked to the door, tapped lightly and then, in a solemn, dignified manner, gave regrets to the heart-throbbing loved ones.

  • Governments should embrace transparency

    If you’ve ever wondered how your city or town council spends your hard-earned tax dollars, there’s a powerful tool that’s available at your fingertips.
    Using this tool, you could quickly and easily see which vendors your city or town does business with, along with amounts they’re being paid, what they’re providing and other important details.
    Residents of at least a dozen South Carolina counties, and an even higher number of municipalities in the state, already benefit from this service.