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Columns

  • 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.

  • Privacy is dead – get over it

    I’m sure by now most of you have heard about the computer data compromise at the S.C. Department of Revenue. More than 3.6 million Social Security numbers and about 400,000 credit card accounts were stolen from what most would think was a highly secured computer database.

  • Take the necessary steps to protect your identity part 2

    Editor’s note: Mandy Powers Norrell, recently elected the S.C. House District 44 representative, has written a columm about the security breach with the S.C. Department of Revenue and how residents can take steps to protect their identity. Following is the second part of her column. The first part was published in the Nov. 28 edition.

    The security freeze
    and fraud alert option

  • Take the necessary steps to protect your identity

    Editor’s note: Mandy Powers Norrell, recently elected the S.C. House District 44 representative, has written a columm about the security breach with the S.C. Department of Revenue and how residents can take steps to protect their identity. Following is the first part of her column. The second part will be published in the Friday, Nov. 30, edition.

  • Alzheimer’s a devastating disease

    Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. Do you know an individual or family who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s? Chances are you do.
    In fact, South Carolina is home to more than 80,000 people living with Alzheimer’s or a related disease. To put the figure into perspective, that number could completely fill Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
    From my own experience, I can attest to how challenging the disease is for a family. My brother, sisters and I struggled with watching our mother fight this terribly cruel disease.

  • Elections: Lessons for S.C. Republicans and Democrats

    Although I suspect that we’re all glad it’s finally over, the recent election may well turn out to have been a watershed of sorts, with lots of important lessons for both Democrats and Republicans in South Carolina.
    Put simply, this election shows that in South Carolina both parties are heading down a losing path, and it’s only through changing their current parties and challenging their own party leadership that either party can win in the future.

  • Naming a turkey a bad idea

    Editor’s note: Due to overwhelming reader requests, we are reprinting this Remember When column, which was originally published in the Nov. 19, 2006, edition of The Lancaster News. The story of Jim the turkey has indeed become a Thanksgiving tradition at The Lancaster News.

    I don’t know if it was tradition or custom, but a couple weeks before “Big Thursday” or Thanksgiving Day, me and Daddy journeyed down to Tradesville to pick up our big ole gobbler.