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Columns

  • Constitution more than ‘just piece of paper’

    I am writing this in response to John Lage’s article, “The tea party believes in the Constitution,” published in the May 21 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Mr. Lage, I have spent most of my adult life as an educator, first as a high school teacher of U.S. History for nine years and 25 years as a college professor of theater and speech.

    I spent many years in classrooms in preparation for my work. I have multiple degrees, including a high school diploma. Therefore, I am well acquainted with the classroom.

  • County vs. schools: What needs to happen

    Residential developers need good local schools and good county services for their houses to sell and to make new residents happy. The county and the school district are both suffering from the long term emphasis on homebuilding in Indian Land that has led to a property tax base that does not expand its revenue as fast as it expands its need for services.

  • Lies continue to come from White House

    It seems Susan “the unreliable” Rice has been sent out to spread fabrications to make the Obama administration look good once again.

    You’d think that after the Benghazi debacle of lies, someone would have learned a lesson about lying to the American people. But after her first round of lies, she was promoted to national security advisor so she could not be forced to testify about Benghazi.

  • Ms. Mike Hammer promotes her book

     

    The email arrived about a month ahead of the 18th South Carolina Book Festival, held May 17-19 in Columbia, asking if I would moderate a session or two.

    Since my next book, “Southern Justice: The Execution of George Stinney Jr.,” won’t be published until early next year, I had offered to moderate a session at this year’s festival.

  • County headed for another ‘tax to the max’ year

    The Lancaster County general fund budget for fiscal year 2015 is coming in at $40.3 million, up from $38 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2014 and $35 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2013. The maximum tax increase of 2.3 mills for 2015 raises the property tax rate to a total of 78 mills.

    For 2015, there is also a special above-the-cap property tax increase of 0.75 mills to provide extra help for the solicitor, public defender and magistrate’s court to reduce the time defendants spend awaiting trial.

  • The Rev. Lane practiced his love-the-people philosophy

    One of the favorite sayings of my grandaddy, the late Ross Williams, involved our penchant for being too judgmental of others.

    I heard him say more than once, “Son, be careful about pointin’ a finger at others.”

    “Now, look down at your hand,” Grandaddy Ross would say, “There are three fingers pointin’ right back at you.”

    Even now, 30 years after his death, that comes to mind.

  • Lancaster Treasurer’s Office prides itself on customer service

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service. 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.

  • See the person beyond the treatment

    When a person first hears the words, “you have cancer,” they are often experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms. Then they must face the side effects from treatment at the same time they juggle the many doctors, nurses and other professional who care for them.

    Palliative care is specialized medical care that provides patients with serious illnesses relief from the pain and other symptoms from a disease such as cancer. Palliative care uses a team-based approach to coordinate care and give patients an extra level of support.

  • Brundrett column: More FOIA violations by Public Service Commission?

    The S.C. Public Service Commission might not be aware of the old saying, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
    In March, The Nerve revealed little-known testimony from Public Service Commission  Chairman G. O’Neal Hamilton, who told a legislatively controlled panel during a screening hearing last year for re-election to his seat that the seven-member PSC typically meets in smaller groups of up to three commissioners to reach a “consensus” before final decisions are made.

  • Jones column: Why teachers should hate Common Core

    “Common Core has nothing to do with curriculum, instruction or testing.” No matter how many times Common Core’s most prominent supporters make that claim, it’s still false. Like any set of strict academic standards, Common Core standards directly affect these areas, and thus remove the ability of teachers to use their talents to the fullest.