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Columns

  • Vision loss research a window to future

    In an increasingly challenging economic environment that requires enhanced innovation to stimulate economic growth and jobs, federally funded medical research provides a remarkable return on our investment.
    Scientific progress not only creates an industry of well-paying, skilled jobs here in the United States, but fields like vision research are producing breakthroughs that directly benefit millions of Americans and their families.

  • We need to recapture our historical spirit of discovery

    Last week we celebrated one of our nation’s most overlooked holidays – Columbus Day, the annual observance of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. It was Oct. 12, 1492, that the explorer first spotted land after a two-month voyage from Europe.
    Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1970.
    Today, it is primarily observed in schools, used to teach students a history lesson about America’s dawning days.

  • Incorporating Indian Land will cost us taxpayers a lot of money

    I would like to respond to the article published in the newspaper  concerning the incorporation of Indian Land.
    We moved here from New York after being taxed out of our home by the state, county, school district and city. Everybody wants a piece of you.
    We looked at other states and areas in the South. We finally found an area here in Lancaster County that we couldn’t believe. Low taxes, low power bills and a beautiful place to live out our lives.

  • We should show support for our local congressman

    As I wander around our area (the Panhandle and Lancaster), listening and talking to all different types of people, I am coming across a universal thread of discontent. Some of it legitimate (based on the wants and needs of the individual), some just complaining.
    It’s time that we put aside our allegiances to party, etc., and remember that we are Americans first. The labels that we all seem to love are just getting in the way.

  • Did wrong date indicate need for a panic attack?

    On the morning of Oct. 2, 2011, I sat down with a cup of coffee and my copy of The Lancaster News.
    I turned to the Faces and Places section and glanced at the date on page 1B. The date said Sunday, October 11, 2011. I began my panic attack. What happened to Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011? What happened to last week? Where am I? Should I not know where I am?

  • Naming SCDOT building for Williams fitting tribute

    As the S.C. 9 traffic whizzed by, I was thinking maybe Mr. Williams did too good of a job as resident maintenance engineer for Lancaster County.
    Mr. Williams, as I knew him, is the late Steve Clyburn Williams Jr., who worked 40 years with the S.C. Department of Transportation to make sure county roads were in good shape.
    The way the nearby traffic rumbled by the Lancaster headquarters of the SCDOT, it was a challenge to hear.

  • 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.