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Columns

  • Payne needs facts before spouting his hogwash

    Paging Ryan Payne. Earth to Ryan Payne. Please come in Ryan Payne, who wrote the guest column, “Neal, Legislature got it wrong with Amazon,” in the Sept. 25 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Did you hear that Continental Tire is opening a new plant in Sumter? Yeah, Sumter. They’re going to bring 1,700 jobs and this opening has been praised by the local Tea Party hero, Mick Mulvaney.

  • Two fires to be set at Fire Expo Saturday at Walmart

    “Sometimes people just need to see it to believe it,” said Les Woods, president of the S.C. Fire and Life Safety Education Association (SC FALSE).
    That’s why SC FALSE will intentionally light two fires in front of a live audience at noon Saturday at Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass West, during the 17th annual Fire Safety Expo.

  • We can make Constitution better

    On Sept. 17, we celebrated Constitution Day – the 224th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Volumes have been written about this document, as the Constitution has been a centerpiece of political discourse for over two centuries. This column is  about one small part of it that doesn’t often get a lot of attention – how to make it better.

  • Writer praises law officers

    I would like to thank our Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. This man has a tremendous load to handle. He is doing a wonderful job. He comes from a law enforcement background and he knows every aspect of law enforcement.
    We, as a society, are quick to criticize. But when praise is due, we forget.
    I, for one, call them every holiday and thank them and also our Police Chief Harlean Howard. She is also doing a great job. She is an asset to the city of Lancaster. God bless you too, Chief Howard.
    These people risk their lives every day for us.

  • ‘Coach’ personified tough love, on and off the mat

    Indian Land High School assistant principal David Sweem’s words resonated with me as we discussed coach Mike Kersey earlier this week.
    Coach Kersey died Tuesday afternoon as a result of an ATV accident at his Van Wyck home last Saturday afternoon.
    Since that time, there’s been an outpouring of emotion, much woven through the many stories of Kersey’s impact on the youngsters, both elementary school and high school students, he touched over the course of a 17-year career education career in Lancaster County.

  • Solyndra underscores flaws in ‘stimulus’ act

    If anyone needs more proof that the White House sold us a bill of goods when it pressured Congress to pass the “stimulus” act of 2009, just look at what has happened with Solyndra Inc.
     Those who’ve been following the news lately probably know that Solyndra was a California solar energy company that’s just filed for bankruptcy protection after receiving a half-billion dollar government loan under the stimulus act. The bankruptcy, of course, is terrible news for taxpayers.

  • Merger will increase access to broadband technology

    Some people think AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA is just a national or Wall Street issue, but it’s really a Main Street issue.
    The combination of these companies will bring together their resources and allow AT&T to expand its new cutting edge mobile network, 4G LTE, to more than 96 percent of South Carolinians.

  • Newspapers not going away

    National Newspaper Week, Oct. 2-8, is a time to celebrate the unique role newspapers play in our society and dispel the myth that they are going away.
    It may be difficult for some to see through the fog of recession and digital disruption, but if you look closely you’ll see that newspapers remain quite healthy.
    Despite the doomsayers, newspapers are actually growing readership as we find new ways to reach consumers.

  • S.C. exports are not as rosy as Mulvaney reports

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s recent article  (Sept. 7 Carolina Gateway) is yet another example of partisanship at its best.
    The dictionary defines the word “partisan” as “one exhibiting blind, prejudiced and unreasoning allegiance.” Our politicians are partisan at the expense of you and me and they have allegiance to only their party, again at our expense.

  • House members take real action on creating jobs

    On Sept. 8, President Barack Obama unveiled yet another stimulus plan, this one called the American Jobs Act. Like the Stimulus Act of 2009, his new $450 billion proposal seems more designed to satisfy the spending urges of the White House than to create jobs and real economic growth.