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Columns

  • 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.

  • We must not forget the true cost of our freedom

    This is the last Veterans Remembered column in a series written in support of the veterans monument being built for all veterans of Lancaster County.
    Veterans Remembered is written to stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and to provide support for the Veterans Monument Project.
    Remembering is necessary and is a part of our character as individuals and as a community. Remembering veterans is necessary for historic purposes as well as providing moral understanding for present and future generations.

  • There are solutions for repairing county roads

    A great deal of concern centers around the poor condition of roads and bridges, both dirt and paved, in Lancaster County. Any time this subject is brought before our county administrator or County Council, the same answer always comes forth, “We don’t have money to fix your problem.”
    We are all aware paving or repairing roads is expensive; however, do we not always find money to do what council places as a top priority?

  • S.C.’s low literacy rates impact employment

    On Aug. 25, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce held its State of Education Breakfast, an event that some of you attended. Guest speakers included Dr. Gene Moore, Lancaster County School Superintendent, Dr. Greg Rutherford, president of York Technical College, Dr. John Catalano, dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, and Robert C. Barnett, vice president of education for the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Memories of 9/11 fill a cardboard box

    When I was home visiting my family this summer, I opened a cardboard box that had been sealed for nearly 10 years. Inside were items I had carefully and reverently packed away, knowing that someday I would want to see them again – knowing that they were artifacts from a terrible time in our country’s history.

  • Determination helped us survive 9/11

    Memories of 9/11 take me back to the summer of 2001, a couple months prior to that tragic September day in our nation’s history.
    The week of July Fourth our family vacation took us to New York City.
    In the years before, we had opted for the annual family beach trip, but that summer we took a train north.
    Turns out it was a good decision because a tornado hit the Grand Strand that week. We were stunned with the news that most likely we would have been in the storm’s path.

  • Political stunt discredits our president’s jobs announcement

    Of all the challenges facing our nation, none are more pressing than getting our economy back on track.
    Our unemployment crisis has continued far longer than most economists predicted. Two-and-a- half years after the Stimulus Act was passed, with promises it would stimulate an economic recovery, and 15 months after the White House publicly touted the Summer of Recovery, the economic outlook remains dreary.

  • Exports are a bright spot for S.C. economy

    If there is one thing many of us have unfortunately gotten used to over the past three years, it’s bad news about the economy. Layoffs, higher unemployment and lower expectations have become almost the norm.
    And while we know firsthand that this news is real, it isn’t the only side of the story. In fact, there is some good news out there as well. Exports, for example, are one place where things are looking much better. 
    Each year, more and more people around the world are buying products from South Carolina.

  • America headed for bankruptcy

    The U.S. Congress has failed to pass a budget for the past two years. You can use your own imagination to figure out why.
    Even without a printed budget we can document the income and spending by our federal government.
    The amounts are usually expressed in the trillions of dollars. Most of us cannot visualize or comprehend what those amounts actually mean. So here is a breakdown of federal spending in simple terms.
    Let’s put the 2011 federal spending into perspective:
    u Federal income: $2,170,000,000,000

  • Humane Society of Lancaster grateful for community support

    Last month the Humane Society of Lancaster SC spent about $1,100 buying eight tons of dog food so we could help feed the needy pets of our county.
    Pets that might otherwise end up in the county animal shelter because their owners are having a very hard time financially and cannot feed them.
    One of our main goals is to help as many pets as we can in whatever way is needed and by providing them with food.