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Columns

  • We’re all riled up over CNN portrayal

    I was very happy with the turnout for the S.C. Republican primary. The voters cast their ballots in almost record numbers.
    Because South Carolina had a significant impact in the process of picking a GOP candidate, news reporters from all over were here. A reporter from CNN, Moni Basu, wrote an article I found extremely offensive, not only to the people of Lancaster County, but also the city of Lancaster. She asked the question, “How are finance and faith going to play a role in how you will vote?”

  • S.C. Legislature and lobbyist – free lunch

    Recently, I did a column about lobbyists and the S.C. Legislature, and from what I hear, it created quite a stir.
    Folks were outraged that there were so many lobbyists making so much money to influence our elected officials. This column is about how they do their lobbying business over free food and liquor.

  • Slutzky column: Americans need to work together to save our nation

    I read Bruce Miller’s column, “Put America first, not your political party,” in the Dec. 30, 2011, edition of The Lancaster News and I would like to respond.
    As I started to read it, I became a bit puzzled by his apparent confusion between “we” the American people and “we” the Republican Party. He appears to bunch them together as one and the same. He goes on to say that the Democrats are “partying” over the struggle for an identity by (his) party.

  • Bundy column: We suffer the consequences of federal debt

    At a recent meeting of some Lancaster area business people, I ran into an old friend who is now retired. Remembering that he was an avid golfer, I asked about his golf game. His reply was that he wasn’t playing any golf now, that he couldn’t afford it, even at the favorable rates of the Lancaster County Golf Club.

  • County purchases should have caused public outcry

    I am thrilled, but yet somewhat appalled at the outrage of the citizens of Lancaster County for being so humiliated by CNN’s coverage. Lancaster County taxpayers should have shown these same emotions and outcry last year when Lancaster County Council purchased the building site for the new EMS station in the Buford community.
    Council formed a committee combining the talents of three of our fine councilmen – Cotton Cole, Jack Estridge and Larry Honeycutt – to locate a site and return with recommendations.

  • Uncontrolled target shooting in residential areas dangerous

    Editor’s note: Indian Land resident Colin Wilson sent this letter to the members of Lancaster County Council regarding target shooting in residential areas.
    Ihave read that you are considering an ordinance concerning residents shooting on their private property.
    I am a resident of Indian Land, a longtime National Rifle Associaion member, an avid skeet, trap, rifle and pistol shooter, as is my wife. We live on McFalls Drive off Carolina Acres Road in Indian Land. More than half of our neighbors are NRA members, hunters and shooters.

  • To be fair, Lancaster deserves its respect

    Fairness is one of the first lessons you learn in reporting. Give both sides.
    The recent CNN story about Lancaster, on the heels of the S.C. Republican Primary Jan. 21, wasn’t a true reflection of our town.

  • Open letter to Lancaster County Chamber leader

    Beve Lynch
    Dear Mr. Dean Faile,
    I don’t understand why the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is so upset. The CNN reporter simply wrote what she was told in interviews with citizens of Lancaster County. That is what reporters do.
    If the chamber is upset with anyone, perhaps you should speak to those who gave offensive interviews or put Lancaster County in a bad light, as you see it.

  • CNN: So glad for your visit, bless your heart

    Dear CNN,
    Unlike some folks in Lancaster County, I want to say thank you for coming here recently to put us in the national spotlight and point out all our problems. It’s about time somebody shed a little light on things around here. I owe you a great debt.

  • What I like about Lancaster County

    Collaboration. I like the sense of collaboration with the governmental and nonprofit organizations, including the school district.
    Together, we address the challenges that our county has and work hard to find solutions.
    We work as a team. In many communities agencies operate in silos, not realizing what others are doing.

    Sharon Novinger
    Executive director
    Lancaster County Partners for Youth