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Columns

  • Resident asks school board to be proactive in planning

    Editor’s note: This letter was addressed to Lancaster County School Board members Don McCorkle and Mary Etta Taylor and District Superintendent Gene Moore.
    I hope that 2013 is off to a great start for you. You may recall I have sent numerous e-mails asking for information on the new elementary school, as well as the plan for the Indian Land schools in general.

  • New library long overdue

    The library building in downtown Lancaster has fallen on hard times. It’s a familiar landmark, where many folks grew up doing their homework and coming to story times.
    It is the headquarters that feeds our proud new facility in Indian Land and a thriving little branch in Kershaw.
    The library is 42 years old. Most of the furniture is vintage 1970. Shabby would be a kind way to describe the carpet and the overall appearance of the interior spaces.

  • We now have government without representation

    In 1773, in Boston Harbor, patriots dumped tea into the water in protest over the English tax imposed upon them. This iconic American event put into perspective a principle that would later be reflected in our Constitution — no taxation without representation.

  • Important to get involved in community

    Lancaster County Republicans place a high priority upon civic involvement, which is a value shared by many Lancaster County residents, regardless of political affiliation.
    Our county is blessed with many caring citizens from many walks of life who are committed to making a difference. One of the top priorities of the Lancaster County Republican Party is making sure every citizen – Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike – who wants to make a difference has an opportunity to do so.

  • We need calm, healthy debate about gun control

    Letter writer John P. Lage Jr. took exception to my guest column. “Letter to my congressman,” in the Jan. 2 edition of The Lancaster News. Mr. Lage, your response completely shifted the discussion away from gun control and resorted to scare mongering, much like the NRA, which I can imagine you are a life member.

  • BG TIME keeps our communities informed

    Can you recount how many times you have started telling a story to a child or grandchild, beginning with, “Back when I was your age…?” We tend to reminisce often about our lives as younger adults and how they compare to growing up today. Now, you have a chance to share your stories with others through BG TIME.

  • ‘Of course I support women and children, but…’

    There are some basic things all politicians can agree on, like protecting women against violence and providing our children with a good education, right? Wrong.
    Recently, we have seen two vivid examples of politics as usual at its worst in both Washington, D.C., and Columbia. The victims were women and children and the perpetrators were mostly Republicans.

  • S.C. Medicaid expansion: Consequences and costs

    The S.C. General Assembly will soon take up the question of whether to expand Medicaid eligibility – and, like so many things in the world of government and politics, what sounds like a great idea is actually a terrible one.

  • Eckstrom column: Payroll tax hike symptom of runaway federal spending

    Most of us will be seeing our 2013 paychecks shrink. But don’t blame the boss. Your take-home pay is shrinking because of a federal tax hike on your earnings.
    It’s a hike in Social Security taxes that was part of a recent late-night fix in Washington supposedly to protect us from plunging off the “fiscal cliff.” People shouldn’t feel much protected by Washington’s “fix” to raise taxes on the wealthy.

  • Why I voted against the fiscal cliff deal

    Recently, Congress approved the so-called “fiscal cliff” agreement. I voted against the final version of the deal. The reason is pretty simple: the agreement raised spending.
    Again. Indeed, its passage seems to reaffirm a disturbing truth about today’s Washington: compromises always lead to more spending, more debt, and too often, more taxes.
    Last week we added $330 billion to the national debt with new spending programs. At best, we have no plan for ever repaying that money; at worst, we have no intention to ever pay it back.