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Columns

  • Kudos to Gregory for stand on America’s growing waistlines

    It is not often that a politician will stick his neck out and address a problem that, although 100 percent correct, is not popular with the masses.
    Sen. Greg Gregory, I salute you. You have taken a position as a true leader and shown your constituency that not only do you recognize a health problem, but you have the courage to bring it forward to the people of your district with facts and directness.

  • S.C.’s lost decade due to our poor leadership

    Ten years is a long time, especially in the digital age. A preschool child can grow into a strapping teenager; a tech company can go from start up to a global power; and a new idea can take root and begin to change a culture.
    In 10 years, a state can build a strong reputation as dynamic and progressive – or it can stagnate and even slide to the point of becoming an object of national ridicule.
    Unfortunately, the latter is what has happened to South Carolina.

  • The real story is Haley letting her daughter hold a state job

    Reporting that originated with The State regarding Gov. Nikki Haley’s 14-year-old daughter working in a state-paid summer job at the Statehouse did not appear in the Columbia newspaper’s print or online editions on July 25. But did appear on the websites of The Herald in Rock Hill and The Charlotte Observer. The McClatchy Co. owns the three newspapers.

  • Scammers targeting seniors

    Every year, our office receives numerous requests from seniors who are concerned about a suspicious caller, unusual activity, or a bogus offer. In fact, earlier this year, a caller reportedly paid a contactor more than $100,000 to build a house. The contractor finished the foundation and framed the structure, but never completed any other work. The senior called the Office on Aging for help, which intervened to advocate on the senior’s behalf through legal assistance to settle the case in full.

  • Tax holiday allows odd mix of ‘back-to-school’ items

    By now you’ve no doubt heard of South Carolina’s annual back-to-school tradition called the Sales Tax Holiday.
    Now in its 13th year, the first weekend in August event has become the time for savings-conscientious parents to stock up on all their children’s back-to-school needs from crayons to corsets.
    Locally, the sales-and-use tax holiday means a savings of 8 cents per dollar ... Wait a minute. Corsets?
    Yes, corsets. You didn’t read that wrong. Garter belts and garters, too. And corset laces.

  • Accurate info on Obamacare will keep wolf packs at bay

    Roger Renfro’s recent article, “Roberts is reincarnate version of activist justices Berger and Warren,” is his opinion of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) and in particular, Chief Justice Roberts.
    Since I am not a constitutional lawyer, nor a pundit, I will not comment on the merits of his opinion. I do wonder whether he has the credentials to comment as a constitutional expert or, for that matter, a member of the pundito-cracy.

  • Info held from public officials, also

    I am constantly amazed that information from public financial records and even annual budgets is withheld, not just from the public, but from the voting board members who must approve budgets and expenditures.
    Take Lexington-Richland District 5 school board, for instance.
    Board members approved a $150 million budget June 25, even though they had not seen the full detailed budget, only a partial summary that did not balance.

  • Honeycutt should work with Indian Land residents

    Mr. Larry Honeycutt, I am surprised at you. As an elected official of Lancaster County, I would think you would be able to handle an irritated resident with more professionalism.
    Lancaster County Council members attend many classes and conferences to educate themselves on verbal and written communication with members of their community.
    I personally helped with your campaign during the last election because you attended Indian Land Action Council, showed an understanding and interest in Indian Land and now you have turned on us.
    Why?

  • Bradley column: Affordable health-care act does have some good points

    Many thanks to Dr. Lee Thomas for his thoughtful guest column, “Medical care in America has reached crossroads,” in the July 11 edition of The Lancaster News, on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the crossroads in medical care that has been looming for many years prior to its passage.
    He and the hospital system he works for are to be commended for their devotion to patient-centered care, including indigent care.

  • Wilson column: How health-care act will affect you

    I have had multiple calls about how the new health-care reform act will affect us individually and small-business owners. I just finished reading the entire bill and below is brief summary:
    Individual
    The new health-care reform act mandates health insurance coverage for most Americans starting in 2014 or a penalty will be imposed.
    The penalty will be assessed on your tax return and administered by the IRS.