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Columns

  • Open letter to my U.S. congressman

    My name is Matthew Taylor and I was born and raised in Lancaster. I want to start by saying that I am appalled by the numerous massacres that have been perpetrated across the country in the past couple years, even more so when following each tragedy Congress has failed to act in any meaningful way.  The most recent, and possibly the worst of current history, saw 20 first-graders murdered. From all media reports, these kids suffered multiple bullet wounds, which as a parent of an 18-month-old child, I find terrifying, sad and angry. 

  • SC Access provides wealth of information

    Imagine being separated from an elderly family member or loved one in need of help or services who lives alone in South Carolina.
    If you’re like many families across our state, you may find that younger generations have moved away from their older relatives to further their education, get married and start a family, find a job in another state, or serve in the military. Where are they to look for resources if their older relatives need help finding various services available in their communities?

  • Haley’s health-care math: 1+1=0

    In the next few months, Gov. Nikki Haley and the Republican politicians in Columbia are going to be making some very big decisions about providing health care for 513,000 South Carolinians, and there is more than $3 billion at stake. These are some very large numbers and let’s hope they make the decisions based on math and not ideological purity. Right now, it looks as if math is losing.

  • Medal of Valor honors S.C. law enforcement’s bravest

    It’s something folks might often take for granted, and understandably so.
    After all, we live in a modern society and pay our taxes, and therefore we fully expect the traffic lights to work and the firetrucks to respond when we need them to.
    But how often do we really stop and think of the sometimes life-threatening circumstances behind those expectations when it comes to our law enforcement officers?
    Fortunately, there’s an organization that helps us do just that – the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association.

  • Scripture reveals the first Christmas

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem – because he was of the house and lineage of David – to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Roads, budget, security among legislative topics

    A so-so session of the General Assembly concluded in July. Our budget revenues continued to improve, but the Senate’s performance did not.
    Attempts at tax reform never got traction and opponents of government restructuring ran out the clock to spite the governor when the ball was on the one-yard line. Oftentimes in politics personalities trump policies. It was true in Caesar’s time and remains so today. Here’s what happened on some selected issues:
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  • Judicial system, paper failed Tiara Stevens

    The citizens of Lancaster County should be outraged at the victimization of Tiara Stevens by her father, Fred Lee Montgomery. They should be outraged that it took more than a month after the trial for The Lancaster News to publish the story. It had already been widely reported in print, radio and television nationally and internationally.

  • Mulvaney column: How we know president’s not serious about ‘fiscal cliff’

     At a recent town hall meeting, I had a constituent ask me a fairly straightforward question: “Why won’t you compromise with the president?” 

    My response was probably not what she expected: “Do you want to sell your home?” 

    Taken aback, she responded that she did not. 

    “I’ll give you $100,000,” I told her. 

    Again, she refused. 

    “How about $200,000?” I pressed. 

  • Miller column: Congress, president must put America first

     Fireworks, balls, parties, concerts and all sorts of revelry – it’s over and we have elected a new/old president of the United States.

    Eighteen months and more than $5 billion and what do we have? We have the same old people sitting in Washington, in their same old positions, doing their same old jobs and accomplishing the same old results. That’s a pretty hefty price tag just to buy a repeat of the last four years.

  • Redistricting: Who’s affected?

    As many of you know, congressional redistricting happens every 10 years. After the census is conducted, Congress looks at which areas have grown or declined in population and representation across the country is reassessed. Some states lose seats in Congress, some gain, and some keep their current representation.
    This year, South Carolina gained a seat during this process. Therefore, the district lines within the state were revised and on Jan. 3, 2013, the new district lines take effect.