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Columns

  • Lawrances’ column was a we-want-more-free rant

    While I am sure Ralph and Bonnie Lawrance have good intentions, their column, “S.C. should expand its Medicaid,” published in the Jan. 17 edition of The Lancaster News, is nothing but another Democrat we-want-more-free-stuff rant.

  • Michael Jedson

    This is a response to two articles written about “Obamacare” in the Jan. 8 edition of The Lancaster News opinion section – one by W.B. Evans, “Medicine cost more, thanks to Obamacare” and Brooks Walker’s “Inconsistencies abound in Obamacare promises”

    Per Mr. Evans’ article, he fails to mention if he is on a traditional Medicare policy and if he has a Medigap policy. He states that he has to “cough up a huge co-pay,” meaning he has an inferior policy or didn’t buy the right one for his needs.

  • Poverty rate should be as important as unemployment

    MSNBC has a graph that shows the United States spends $239 billion more than China, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, India and Brazil combined.

    If $239 billion could be cut and spent elsewhere (partially to make up for any economic losses), then what could be done with an extra trillion every four years to improve the lives of those who rely on the safety net to stay alive?

  • Recognize true value of USC’s and Clemson’s accomplishments

    As I sit down to write this column, the local news is reporting that the University of South Carolina and Clemson have both finished in the top 10 in college football postseason rankings for the first time ever.

    It’s another feather in the caps of two teams who made the Palmetto State proud earlier this month by defeating formidable opponents to win bowl games.

  • What should we be doing?

    A few weeks ago, The Lancaster News ran an interesting series asking what people would like to see in the way of changes to the county, particularly in the Indian Land area. The discussion quickly turned to agreement that a better class of retail establishments would be desirable, with the debate asking questions like Target, Macy’s or Saks Fifth Avenue? Olive Garden, Outback or a prominent chef’s own gourmet restaurant? Sentiment from the report seemed to be more or less “all of the above.”

  • Killian family grateful for ‘Pappy’s’ support

    We’d like to address this letter to our church family at Eastside Baptist Church, our family, friends, neighbors, our Gerdau family and the Lancaster community.

    Words cannot express our gratitude for the love and kindness you all have shown us through this journey since Tim was diagnosed with cancer in July. God has truly blessed us and continues to pour out his blessings on us.

    All of you are blessings sent from God and each one of you have blessed our lives so richly.

  • Community helps Santa deliver Christmas gifts

    Sleigh bells announced the arrival of Santa Claus as he made a surprise visit to the special needs classes at Southside Early Education Center on Dec. 20. The students were surprised, happy, and, of course, a few were afraid.

    Santa’s helpers from the Lancaster Women of the Moose assisted with parties for both the morning and afternoon classes and all the children received gifts.

  • S.C. should expand its Medicaid

    This is in response to Sen. Greg Gregory’s fall Legislative report. We appreciate being informed about what is happening in Columbia, but we were dismayed when we read the information about the federal Medicaid Expansion Program.

    This is not a political issue; it is a humanitarian issue that affects all S.C. residents. We believe the state of South Carolina is doing an injustice to the working poor and all residents of this state.

  • Please repave Collins Road

    For some of us, the new year begins by identifying resolutions and goals. As a resident of Collins Road, I am determined to see progress made on improving the infrastructure closest to home in the Panhandle.

    Longtime neighbors and I remember simpler times when a landmark we gave to friends for directions might be “turn left at Indian Land Elementary School.” Last month it was “turn left at Indian Land Daycare.” Then it quickly became “turn left at Dunkin’ Donuts and Publix.”

  • Investment Commission needs reform

    It has been revealed that the S.C. Retirement System Investment Commission has been failing to serve the interests of the retirees of South Carolina.

    This pension board pays the highest percentage of fees in the country, which ultimately could cost both retirees and taxpayers.

    Last year alone, South Carolina spent $420 million in fees, which is three times the national average. These fees, say the commissioners, are to have higher quality investments that will help the state.