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Columns

  • 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.

  • Attend job fair Saturday

    This Saturday residents of Lancaster County and the surrounding area will have an opportunity to attend a job fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Adult Education Center, formerly the Barr Street High School facility, at 610 E. Meeting St.

  • Lakeview Landing here before concrete plants

    Thank you, Indian Land residents, for your outpouring of support in our effort to have Thomas Concrete held to the letter of the law in Lancaster County. Your efforts forced their lawyers to alter their strategy and postpone the appeal date of Sept. 15 to Oct. 11 or possibly a circuit court hearing. Lancaster County owes an apology to those who did not get the change of date notice in advance of their trip to Lancaster.

  • Neal, Legislature got it wrong on Amazon deal

    A  few months ago, the state of South Carolina was divided by  a fierce debate. Internet giant Amazon wanted to relocate to Lexington and bring thousands of new jobs to the area. 

  • Local youth have many opportunities in Lancaster

    Linda Blackmon-Brace

    I am so appreciative of The Lancaster News for listing all of the programs provided by various organizations within our community as tools of learning for our children. Because my focus was primarily on my own summer program during the last seven years, I was not aware of the vast resources available, free of charge, to our youth.

  • Good week for cause of good government

    I was sitting at my desk recently when I got a call I had long awaited: The city of Greenville had decided to post its spending details on its web site.

    It had been more than a year since I’d driven to Greenville to meet with Mayor Knox White and city staff to talk with them about posting their spending details online as part of a local government transparency initiative I had launched. The initiative encourages cities, towns and counties to give their constituents easy Internet access to information about how they are spending public funds.