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Columns

  • Pass first, read later strategy is not working

    I had to respond to Michael Jedson’s guest column, “Additional ACA facts,” in the Feb. 7 edition of The Lancaster News. I think it’s ironic that on the same day my column, “Stop socialism in America,” was printed right next to Mr. Jedson’s.

    Obviously, he is someone who left his former state probably because of the high taxes and skyrocketing cost of living. Yet, he moves to a red state and criticizes it. When he was living in a blue state, he was surrounded by people who thought just like he does.

  • These ‘county’ entities not controlled by County Council

    What do Lancaster County government, Lancaster County School District, Lancaster County Water and Sewer, Lancaster County Natural Gas, Lancaster County Transportation Committee, Lancaster County Library, Lancaster County Courthouse, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster County Voter Registration, Lancaster County Treasurer, Lancaster County Auditor, Lancaster County Probate Judge and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office all have in common?

  • Time to reflect on our nation’s early days

    On the third Monday of February, Americans celebrate Presidents Day.

    Established in the 1880s to honor George Washington, this federal holiday – officially named “Washington’s Birthday” – was initially celebrated each year on Feb. 22.

    It wasn’t until 1971 that Congress moved it to the third Monday in February, providing federal workers a three-day weekend, and it soon became commonly known as Presidents Day.

  • GOP is looking for strong candidates for solicitor’s seat

    Republicans wish retiring 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield the best in his future plans and express their gratitude for his 30 years of service in the solicitor’s office.

    The long hours and many sacrifices he made in the job are truly appreciated and set an example for outstanding public service.

  • Keep mailing address updated

    Part of the job of the treasurer’s office is to send out property tax bills to county residents for homes, cars, boats and other property. While nobody likes getting a tax bill, it’s important the bills are sent to the correct address.

    Many property owners have called to complain that they didn’t get their tax bill and ended up paying their taxes late because the bill was sent to an old address.

    The treasurer’s office staff will send the property tax bill to the address on record with the county assessor’s office.

  • Should S.C. pay for our surveillance?

    Gov. Nikki Haley’s executive budget grabbed a few headlines for its items on education, transportation, and Medicaid waiver programs. One component of the budget was almost completely ignored, however, and it shouldn’t be. The governor’s proposed spending plan includes $8.5 million in total funds – $5.3 million from the federal government – for a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Fusion Center.

  • U.S. needs better leaders

    French President Hollande and our own President Barack Obama are meeting this week and in a press conference claim to have reached four key points of action and agreement: 1 – spend more on curing global diseases; 2 – work to encourage other countries to fight climate change; 3 – start a dialogue about a transatlantic trade agreement, and 4 – roll back key parts of Iran’s nuclear program and uphold sanctions but not place any new sanctions.

  • Bass column: Few today remember the Orangeburg Massacre

    Unless you’re now a 60-year-old native South Carolinian, you’re unlikely to have any personal memory of the events known as the Orangeburg Massacre. You would have been 14 when it happened on Feb. 8, 1968 – two years before the deaths of four white students at Kent State University in Ohio.
    The new 2014 Black History calendar published by S.C. AT&T for February (national Black History Month), highlights the Orangeburg Massacre. It provides a solid overview of what transpired.

  • Eckstrom column: Apprenticeships help young workers, firms, state’s economy

    For students and families concerned about the high cost of college these days, there’s a unique opportunity available in South Carolina to avoid these costs – and the large student loan debt that often results from them.
    This opportunity lies in our state’s extensive and growing apprenticeship programs.

  • I know why people don’t like politicians

    One of the challenges I face as a politician is that a lot of people don’t like politicians. This honestly doesn’t bother me too much. I work with politicians every day, and I don’t like a lot of them either.

    But sometimes I do try to figure out why that is.