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Columns

  • Smoking ban infringes on individual’s freedom

    It seems to be only fitting and proper that we read in the May 18, 2012, edition of The Lancaster News of Lancaster County Council’s plans to institute a strict smoking ban for the county.

  • S.C. voters biggest losers in filing fiasco

    By now, you probably know about the glitch we experienced in our election process here in the Palmetto State. About 180 potential candidates across our state were not allowed on the June 12 ballot due to filing inappropriately.
    A little history here: Since 1992, there has been a requirement to file a hard (paper) copy of the Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) at the same time as filing the Intention of Candidacy and paying the filing fee.

  • May is Older Americans Month in South Carolina

    As your new lieutenant governor, I am our state’s chief advocate for one of the fastest- growing senior populations in the nation.
    South Carolina’s senior population has seen a 319 percent increase in the last 40 years, and the population 60 years and over is projected to increase by nearly 160 percent by the year 2030, with more than 1.3 million Baby Boomers set to retire in South Carolina.

  • Take time to honor our freedom fighters

    Monday May 28, 2012, is Memorial Day. It’s a day we Americans set aside to remember those valiant Americans who laid their lives on the line to protect the wonderful freedoms we now enjoy in this great Republic.
    If you have a world map, or even better, a world globe, I invite you to pick it up and stab a point anywhere on it with one finger. Chances are you put that finger very close to a place where an American was killed, injured or perhaps buried while defending America’s freedom.

  • Logan helped save local soldier’s life

    “Short days ago; We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow; Loved and were loved, and now we lie…in fields and oceans all about the world.” (With credit and respect to the late Lt. Col John McCrae)
    Flags carefully placed along streets, freshly polished monuments and markers, neatly mown grass where the fallen now silently lie – the almost antiseptic appearance belies the horrors that brought those who sacrificed their most precious gift to their final resting place.

  • County Council needs public input on budget

    The Lancaster County budget pro­posed for fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) has been post­ed on the county website for a couple of weeks and has been the topic of discus­sion by the County Council Finance Committee (council members Larry McCullough as chairman, Jack Estridge and Charlene McGriff) at meetings on April 30, May 7 and 14.

  • Take the time to thank officers during this week

    During National Police Week, which is May 13-19, I’d like to encourage you to take the time to recognize our local law enforcement officers for their service to the Lancaster community. 
    Our officers’ face many risks and challenges and their sacrifice and service are often taken for granted.
    If you encounter a deputy, police officer, highway patrolman or corrections officer, show your support and let them know how much their work means to you this week.

  • Studies show how children suffer when parents divorce

    In 2010, about 4.2 million of our fellow citizens got married. Since legally recognized marriage exists, at present, only between two partners, that’s about 2.1 million weddings.
    Also in 2010, there were more than 870,000 divorces in the United States. It has been estimated that, conservatively, more than one million children are affected by these divorces annually.

  • Help foundation obtain award for Catawba River

    The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has been selected as one of the top 100 finalists in Cause An Effect, a State Farm philanthropic initiative that lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook.
    We need you to rally behind our cause, cast your vote and help us earn a $25,000 grant.
    It’s simple to support our cause and vote – visit the State Farm Facebook page by clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/statefarm/app_
    376288832400015?app_
    data=Cleaning-Our-

  • Republican corruption, taxes and our children

    I am a Democrat, and I am proud of it. However, the S.C. Press Association distributes this column, and neither they nor I want it to be a weekly partisan rant – there’s far too much of that in both our national and state politics already.