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Columns

  • ALS Association honors Lou Gehrig

    Seventy-five years ago, on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered what is now known as sports’ most famous speech. Suffering from the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), he died less than two years later at the age of 37.

    Today, Gehrig remains an inspiration, representing fortitude, humility and courage to the tens of thousands of Americans living with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

  • When buying a new car don’t forget to pay taxes

    Most people like having new vehicles. A new convertible would be especially nice for the summer time. Unfortunately, with new vehicles come taxes and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.

    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to the County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax for the vehicle to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • County Council runs amok on the overlay

    At the Lancaster County Council meeting April 28, the U.S. 521/S.C. 160 corridor overlay district was approved for second reading and remanded to the Planning Commission for revision on a number of specific topics suggested by various council members at the meeting. The matter is to be considered at the Planning Commission meeting May 20 and returned to County Council for action at its June 9 meeting.

  • What are legislature’s priorities on taxes?

    South Carolina is known as a “red state” and a “conservative” state, and so one might be led to believe it’s a place where non-“progressive,” free-market policies reign. Certainly South Carolina has a reputation for being a “low tax state.” But the reputation is unearned.

    A brief look at the legislature’s record on tax policy – perhaps the most fundamental free market issue – reveals a profound disconnect between reputation and reality.

  • Children the losers when adults fighting

    The other night I was on the sofa juggling the remote control in one hand, a custom-built ham sandwich with the works in the other, and a plate of Cheetos and a cold beer on my lap. I was one false move from a big mess when I froze on the spot as a guy on TV in a suit at some government committee table said it.

    “When adults fight, children lose.”

    What a simple, brilliant assessment of what’s happening with education politics in our state and nation.

  • Resurrection was predicted, but followers still doubted  

    Luke 24 tells much about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When several women disciples came to Jesus’ tomb to anoint his body on the Sunday morning after his death, they found that the stone over its entrance had been rolled away.

    Entering the tomb, they did not find his body. They were disturbed by this, but two angels appeared to tell them that Jesus had risen, and that he had predicted his crucifixion and resurrection while he was still in Galilee.

  • ‘Gateway’ vision is to become Camelot
  • Why the chamber’s on the wrong side of almost everything

    What’s the difference between the terms “pro-free market” and “pro-business?” The former refers to policies that limit or remove government interference in economic activity – low taxes, fewer regulations, the absence of government subsidies, etc. The term “pro-business,” by contrast, can mean almost anything.

  • S.C. has some encouraging economic news

    When the unemployment rate is down, politicians swoop in to take credit.

    When joblessness is up, there’s blame and finger-pointing. It’s up to the voters to sort through the rhetoric. And most would probably agree that no politician deserves as much credit as they’d like – or as much blame as their detractors would heap on them – for any uptick or downturn in the economy.

  • Just how do Carolinas compare?

    I have always had a thing about North Carolina. Simply put, I don’t like them.

    They stole our name. They try to steal our only president, Andy Jackson. They are twice as big as we are. And what really pains me the most is they usually do things better than we do.

    First, the essential facts.