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  • Know what S.C.’s cwp law means

    Harrison Cahill

    USC School of Journalism

    S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley recently signed Bill 308 into law, which will allows South Carolina residents with a concealed weapons permit to carry their weapons into many businesses, including restaurants and bars.

    Here’s what South Carolinians need to know about the new law.

    Restaurant

    and bar owners

    u Do I have the right to order someone with a concealable weapon out of my business?

  • It’s past time to stop lying to Americans

    It is my opinion that we are in need of a public outcry. Sunday morning National Security Adviser Susan Rice was on “Meet the Press.”

    Rice was asked if she had any regrets about saying that the Benghazi attack was a demonstration gone bad after a video insulting Mohammed was posted on You Tube.

    Her answer was, “No, we were acting on the best information we had at the time.”

  • Don’t take law officers’ courage for granted

    It’s the kind of news that should be alarming, yet it’s all too common.

    A local TV news station reported Feb. 15 that a man attempted to assault a Richland County deputy after being pulled over for driving more than 100 miles per hour. The suspect was subdued and arrested.

    In this case, the assailant didn’t appear to have a weapon. Still, it was a stark reminder of the dangers our police officers face.

    Other incidents this year in South Carolina have been more serious:

  • 12 ideas for 12 candidates for top education post

    The Mattamy Homes proposal to develop the Treetops site on Van Wyck Road passed the Lancaster County Planning Commission, 5-1, on Feb. 18 and will move to Lancaster County Council, probably on March 10. The dissenting vote was provided by Vedia Hatfield.

    In the 2014 election, the post of state superintendent of education is open. Incumbent Mick Zais is not running again. By my count, as of Feb. 24, there are 12 people who are announced candidates – 10 Republicans and two Democrats.

  • Time to restore common sense to our state leadership

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party is composed of a diverse group of individuals who are committed to working for the common good of all individuals living in our community.

    We believe that within our party you will find a place where you can be actively involved in a political process that is focused on building an economy that will improve the lives of middle-class families, seniors and businesses.

  • Don’t let Treetops become cluster housing development

    The Mattamy Homes proposal to develop the Treetops site on Van Wyck Road passed the Lancaster County Planning Commission, 5-1, on Feb. 18 and will move to Lancaster County Council, probably on March 10. The dissenting vote was provided by Vedia Hatfield.

    The dozen or so residents of the area present were uniformly opposed to the Mattamy proposal and were greatly disappointed by the Planning Commission decision, which came after an impressive sales presentation.

  • Pass first, read later strategy is not working

    I had to respond to Michael Jedson’s guest column, “Additional ACA facts,” in the Feb. 7 edition of The Lancaster News. I think it’s ironic that on the same day my column, “Stop socialism in America,” was printed right next to Mr. Jedson’s.

    Obviously, he is someone who left his former state probably because of the high taxes and skyrocketing cost of living. Yet, he moves to a red state and criticizes it. When he was living in a blue state, he was surrounded by people who thought just like he does.

  • These ‘county’ entities not controlled by County Council

    What do Lancaster County government, Lancaster County School District, Lancaster County Water and Sewer, Lancaster County Natural Gas, Lancaster County Transportation Committee, Lancaster County Library, Lancaster County Courthouse, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster County Voter Registration, Lancaster County Treasurer, Lancaster County Auditor, Lancaster County Probate Judge and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office all have in common?

  • Time to reflect on our nation’s early days

    On the third Monday of February, Americans celebrate Presidents Day.

    Established in the 1880s to honor George Washington, this federal holiday – officially named “Washington’s Birthday” – was initially celebrated each year on Feb. 22.

    It wasn’t until 1971 that Congress moved it to the third Monday in February, providing federal workers a three-day weekend, and it soon became commonly known as Presidents Day.

  • GOP is looking for strong candidates for solicitor’s seat

    Republicans wish retiring 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield the best in his future plans and express their gratitude for his 30 years of service in the solicitor’s office.

    The long hours and many sacrifices he made in the job are truly appreciated and set an example for outstanding public service.