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Columns

  • Financial transparency for public colleges, universities much-needed

    On Aug. 3, I was proud to join Gov. Nikki Haley and others for a bill-signing ceremony at TriCounty Technical College’s satellite campus in Easley.
    It was a special day for me, because the legislation she was signing into law was a higher education transparency bill I have long championed. Under the new law, South Carolina’s state-supported colleges and universities must disclose their monthly spending details on their websites.

  • Teachers educate, inspire and challenge students

    The taps on his wingtips clicking on the hardwood floor of his classroom – that’s one sound I’ll never forget from that first day in his class.
    And how professional he looked – not just that first day – but every day.
    Or how he made history come alive because he was such a great storyteller.
    Mr. Bennett Gunter shaped my ideas of how a professional educator looks, teaches and manages a class, and he gave me a vision for what education can do for a person.

  • Republicans are also using scare tactics

    It’s interesting to note that in the July 31 edition of this paper, Sandy McGarry’s column, “President using fear mongering to address debt ceiling,” accuses President Barack Obama and other Democrats of using scare tactics on the public. I find this ironic since the Republicans had no qualms about using these same kind of tactics during the 2010 elections.
    Hopefully, by the time this letter sees print, the debt ceiling will have been raised or extended and much of this letter may be rendered moot.

  • Consider serious options for improving our roads

    John Baker

    During the last few months, there have been several letters to the editor in respect to the deplorable condition of the roads in Lancaster County.

    None of us are happy with the deteriorating pavement, potholes and the increasingly questionable safety of the bridges, small and large.

    However, before we can come to terms with the problem and enact a solution, we must first come to terms with the costs to be incurred (i.e., what is the real cost of road maintenance).

  • U.S. needs solution, not ‘deal’ on debt ceiling and spending

    There is a very good chance that by the time you read this, Congress will have already sent debt-ceiling legislation to the president to sign. However, I went ahead and wrote this column in order to get information to you as quickly as possible.
    This column addresses the “Boehner plan,” put forth by Majority Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), which I voted against.
    Here’s why:

  • President using fear mongering to address debt ceiling

    As we all sit waiting, watching the drama being played out on the television and read all of the blogs or news stories about the debt ceiling, wondering if the checks will arrive in our bank accounts in August, or if the United States can pay the bills or even if we can pay our own bills, I get more and more dismayed.
    Are we really playing this game? With people’s minds, money, lives? If it looks this bad to me, what does President Barack Obama look like to the rest of the world? Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to answer this.

  • There are some in Congress we can rely on to get job done

    At the time of this writing, there is still a stalemate in Washington about raising the debt ceiling. In the past there has never been a problem with raising this ceiling.
    During the Reagan administration it was raised 17 times and during the George W. Bush administration the debt ceiling was raised eight times. Now all of sudden, with President Barack Obama in the White House, there is a problem with raising the ceiling.

  • Column: S.C. Guard program helps refocus at-risk youths’ lives

    It’s one of society’s most important challenges – rescuing at-risk youth from a life of crime, drugs or hardship.
    Across the state and nation, people from all walks of life stand united in the shared goal of reaching out to troubled teens before it’s too late. Civic clubs, church groups, school organizations, government agencies and individual citizens alike devote much time, effort and resources toward helping at-risk young people.

  • Progress continues on Veterans Monument

    We continue to see a steady progress on the Veterans Monument since our last report May 29.
    Installation of underground utilities is complete. The three sections of curved wall that will hold panels of inlaid granite with veterans’ names has been built, but is not complete.
    Brick pavers purchased by sponsors and supporters have been laid. Cutting of the stone for the base and cap are complete. Cutting of the stone for the 10-foot mid-section is scheduled for the last week of July and the first week of August.

  • Too many people rely on media to make decisions

    Did you know:
    u the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Obamacare will cost the economy 800,000 jobs?
    u President Barack Obama was responsible for reducing retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90 percent and gave the unions a majority stake in GM?
    u Obama failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina?