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Columns

  • Column: Area Red Cross celebrates National Volunteer Week

    National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), is a great time to celebrate volunteers in our community.
    This year’s theme, “Celebrating People in Action,” aptly describes the Upper Palmetto Chapter volunteers. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action.
    The Upper Palmetto Chapter serves York, Chester and Lancaster counties in South Carolina, with more than 500 active volunteers.

  • Column: Wear denim Wednesday to raise more awareness of sexual assault

    We are asking all employees of our local nonprofit organizations, civic governments and other employers to help us recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As part of that effort we are asking people to break the dress code and the silence on Wednesday, April 20, and wear denim to work.
    Denim Day is sponsored by Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.

  • Mulvaney tries to explain how Washington spends our money

    What is Washington doing with our money? This is one of the most basic – and important – questions that folks have asked me since I have been in Congress. It’s also one of the most difficult to answer.
    Of course, we always hear a lot of quick answers: “They’re wasting it!” or “They’re throwing it away on earmarks!” or “They’re giving it away to other countries.” And to a certain extent, every one of those statements is true.  

  • William Steele served his country and community

    Veterans Remembered is the third in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for all veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who  touched their lives and provide support for the Veterans Monument.

  • Study shows savings with S.C. education tax credits

    I recently had the privilege of giving testimony in Columbia on the merits of an education tax credit bill being considered by state lawmakers.
    I was honored to join parents, local educators and education officials from other states to discuss education tax credit policies across the country and what makes for successful choice reform.

  • New fire department fails to mention history

    The new Pleasant Valley Fire Department, which officially opened in February, held its grand opening on April 2. It is a beautiful building and I am very pleased with its progress over the years.
    I can remember when there was no fire department in Indian Land. The closest was in Fort Mill.
    I was raised in Indian Land and although I no longer live there I do own property in the Pleasant Valley area.

  • Emperor has no clothes - the sequel

    Since the publication of my guest column on March 9, I have been stopped in stores and on the street and have received numerous calls, cards, e-mails, letters, messages, not only from Lancaster County and Kershaw residents, but from residents of other counties and states – some from people I do not even know. These people are male, female, liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican and of different ethnicities. Concern about a policy for the wasting of taxpayer money seems to cut across all sorts of lines.

  • Open government promoted on Madison’s birthday

    I was recently honored by the S.C. State Library for my work in creating the state’s transparency website. It was part of an awards ceremony recognizing individuals and government agencies that advance the cause of open government.
     The ceremony was held on March 16, which was quite fitting. For one thing, March 16 is the birthday of James Madison, one of our nation’s earliest advocates of government transparency.

  • Community has opportunity to honor veterans of all wars

    Editor’s note: Veterans Remembered is the second in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for all veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support for the Veterans
    Monument Project.
    The response received from Veterans Remembered has been tremendous. A gratitude of thanks to each of you who responded and to the news media for its part in agreeing to follow the project to completion.

  • Council Chairwoman Sistare responds to Tindal’s column

    In his March 9 guest column, “Emperor has no clothes,” Will Tindal made some observations and drew some conclusions based upon a report presented to Lancaster County Council at our recent strategic planning session.