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Columns

  • Driving force

    I am a teenager. I stay up too late; I wake up too late. I get emotional. I don’t want my parents circling me like hawks, and I definitely don’t want them to try to tell me what to do, especially behind the wheel. However, now that students are back into the school routine, it’s time for everyone to pay attention to teen safety on the road.

  • Ethics Cojones 101 – the people, politicians, press

    Our state is on the front end of what should be a huge fight about ethics reform.
    To say this fight is important to the future of our state is like saying an oasis is important to a man in the desert. Our duty, as citizens with a huge stake in the outcome of this contest, will be to ensure that the reform we wind up with this time isn’t just another political mirage. And that’s going to take what one well-respected South Carolinian recently called cojones.

  • On the Ballot

    Following are the contested races in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election
    Lancaster County Sheriff
    u Barry Faile (D-i)
    u Scott Case (R)
    Lancaster City Council
    (non-partisan)
    * District 3
    u Linda
         Blackmon-Brace (i)
    u Jackie Harris
    * District 4
    u Tamara Green
        Garris (i)
    u Jean S. Cureton
    Lancaster County Council
    * District 5
    u Kathy Sistare (D-i)
    u Steve Harper (R)
    Statehouse

  • Voting not only a right; it’s your duty as a citizen

    In a matter of weeks, voters have to make some important choices. Who will lead our nation? Who will represent us in Congress? Who will be our new state legislator?
    Locally, voters will choose a sheriff, a County Council member and two City Council members.

  • New law compromises health care for everyone

    For the past 20 years, I have worked in the health-care field in one capacity or another, including the insurance side, the managed care side, the provider side and now the financial side. I have an inside idea how the new law will impact physicians, hospitals and patients.
    The law will require states to basically accept everyone under the Medicaid program. On the surface, I think we can all agree that sounds great – everyone is covered and no one is without insurance.

  • Why roads are crumbling and what can be done

    South Carolina used to be known as the “good roads state.” That’s no longer so. Most people recognize this, but perhaps not the reasons why.

  • Program helps seniors living in long-term facilities

    A few months ago, a bank contacted a local area agency on aging to speak to an ombudsman regarding a customer’s overdrawn checking account. After looking into the situation, it soon became evident that a staff member from a long-term care facility had befriended a resident who had vision and hearing difficulties.

  • Presidential experience was a chief attraction

    Labor Day weekend was quite a treat for me, especially that Sunday.
    I was aboard Air Force One and I visited the Oval Office, just a few feet from the president’s famous desk.
    You might find that hard to believe, and if I tell you I wasn’t even in Washington, you are probably scratching your head more than an undecided voter.
    OK, I’ll let you in on what went down.
    My family and I visited the American Presidential Experience,, billed as a “nonpartisan interactive exhibit of the American Presidency.”

  • Abortion a selfish choice

    I write in response to “Activists resort to equal opportunity scare tactics” by Keith Brann in the Sept. 7 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Local GOP headquarters now open

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (District 5) cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Lancaster County Republican Victory Center Headquarters at 699 Lancaster Bypass East on Saturday, Sept. 1.
    Several Republican candidates were there, as well as Taft Matney, chairman of the S.C. Republican Victory Centers. About 100 people attended the event.
    Normal business hours for the Republican headquarters are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.