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Columns

  • 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.

  • Stand with us for transparency, accountability in government

    Editor’s note: South Carolina and the nation mark Sunshine Week, March 13-19. Gov. Nikki Haley offers this commentary about the importance of open government.

    In the latter part of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister of Great Britain, she said, “No government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first.”

  • South Carolina taxpayers need to see how government spends its money

    It was three years ago this month that I unveiled the state’s first transparency website, giving taxpayers a central site to view itemized expenditures for state agencies. The idea was simple: People work hard for their money, and they deserve easy, click-of-a-mouse access to details about how government uses their tax dollars.