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  • 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.

  • Opinions on health-care act

    My main thought about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is “It’s a place to start. Finally.” This country has done a lot of talking and no acting on this issue for decades. Finally, the 111th Congress enacted it and off to the races we went.
    Sure, there are parts of it that feel like too much government. Telling people they’ll have to pay a tax/penalty if they don’t purchase insurance smacks of big government reaching into our pocketbooks.

  • Honeycutt’s comments about Lynch are unacceptable

    I guess Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt was right about comments in his guest column, “Lynch’s comments about the county unacceptable,” in the July 1 edition of The Lancaster News.
    It isn’t just one person in this county who has a negative opinion. I have read many articles from individuals all over this county who feel the same way. I, for one, have expressed my opinion in the paper.

  • We need S.C solutions for S.C. health care

    South Carolina advocates for better health, lower health-care costs and limited government have little to cheer about after the June 28 Supreme Court ruling upheld much of “Obamacare.”
    Instead of providing real solutions, the law simply hides our problems from public view by pouring hundreds of billions of government subsidies into a broken health care system allowing Washington to declare “victory” while continuing to ignore the real health challenges facing Americans.

  • Memory Lane Cruisers give back to community

    On May 5, the Memory Lane Cruisers Car Club of Lancaster held a car show to support HOPE in Lancaster Inc. and Christian Services Food Pantry. Proceeds from the show were shared by the two agencies.
    HOPE is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides short-term emergency assistance to those in crisis.
    Director Elaine Adkins said they especially need donations during the summer since the children are out of school and at home.

  • Roberts reincarnate version of activist justices

    Now that the “constitutional” dust has settled on the oft-questioned legislative “Obamacare” Act, the public is now forced to suffer through the highly charged bloviating of talking heads and what they think the U.S. Supreme Court actually said in its ruling.

  • Betty Waddell wishes to see her childhood home one more time

    Betty Waddell had a play room. Miranda Lambert’s handprints are on the front steps. Waddell once burned her hands on a coal heater that was in the center of the house. Lambert did her homework and learned to play the guitar “up the stairs, in that little back bedroom.”
    Waddell and Lambert share a common wish – to visit the house they grew up in one more time. Lambert, a country music artist, shared her wish in the lyrics of her song, “The House That Built Me.”

  • It’s important to be educated about ACA

    President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign platform was based on change, and hope. He promoted health care reform and promised to change the system so individuals’ health insurance was not tied to their job. The job-based insurance system resulted in many people losing their access to health care when they lost their job, which happened all too frequently during the economic recession of 2008.

  • 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.