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Columns

  • Checklist for turning 65 years old

    In December of this year, I will join a group of more than 900,000 people in our state over the age of 65. Like many of you who have traveled this road before, I want to make sure I am fully prepared.
    In doing so, I have compiled a list of subjects I have been personally considering, and I would like to share them with you.
    While I do look forward to perks such as discounted admission to state parks, special days at the grocery store and senior coffee savings, there are several other important topics that you should consider before you reach that milestone.

  • Medical care in America has reached crossroads

    Like all legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is good, bad and maybe a little ugly. But who knows?
    The act is more than 2,000 pages long.

  • We thank Karres for his 15 years of service

    I looked at the front page of the June 24 edition of The Lancaster News and saw the headline, “Firing stuns Karres.” I was stunned, too. I soon found out I was not the only one stunned.
    Many other Lancasterians were just as stunned. Karres didn’t know himself until he was called to the office of County Administrator Steve Willis, where Karres was informed he was fired, but no reason was given as to why he was fired.

  • Make government records easier for citizens to get

    Citizens are frequently urged to get involved in the process of government. Those who heed the call by seeking insights into the workings of government often learn the hurdles can be high and costly.

  • Set aside today for fasting and prayer for our nation

    On Thursday June 28, 2012, I spent the day reflecting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act.
    Many people made a lot of smart-sounding pronouncements. They all sound great and wise. I fear they have missed the real issue. This is my attempt to address the elephant in the room that few are willing to discuss.
    America was born in 1776 in the fires of a tax revolt. Is history repeating itself? King George arrogantly assumed he had enough power to keep the colonies under control. He was wrong.

  • Lynch’s comments about county unacceptable

    Larry Honeycutt

  • Fireworks more popular, safer today than past years

    With consumer fireworks now more popular than ever in South Carolina, it is important that we use common sense, recognize that fireworks essentially function via a controlled burn, and follow safety tips to ensure a safe and wonderful experience celebrating America’s freedom.
    Consumer fireworks are actually safer today than ever before.

  • Prepare for late-night emergency phone calls

    If you are over 40, you may already have issues with parents who are chronically ill or who no longer have the ability to care for themselves. Have you and your parents properly prepared for the decisions that will be made by others for their continued care?
    So many times, a late night call, an emergency room visit or lack of sufficient funds force decisions without the ability or flexibility to research options or consider the feelings of our loved ones. Advanced preparation is needed.

  • Of carrots and kings

    I was reading a post on the blog my daughter writes about our 3-year-old grandson. He had been waiting all spring for the vegetables to come up in his garden. Eagerly, perhaps overeagerly, he yanked up a green top. He showed it off to his playmate.
    While reading the blog, my friend, a political scientist, interrupted to tell me that President Barack Obama had endorsed the idea of men marrying men and women marrying women.

  • Effort to nix budget control board, separate powers fails

    South Carolina legislators, whose power dominates the three branches of state government, once again have failed to better balance authority among the branches and give their constituents more ability to hold them accountable.
    The General Assembly broke down on the matter Thursday, June 22, when the Senate voted by the narrowest of margins, 22-21, to carry over a restructuring bill just ahead of the chamber’s scheduled 5 p.m. adjournment for the year.