• N.C. winning over S.C. for creating jobs

    While South Carolina elected officials were busy this past session indebting South Carolina taxpayers an additional $120 million for the benefit of a single – one already located in-state – North Carolina’s elected officials were busy making actual tax cuts across the board.

  • President responds to local committee

    Editor’s note: Lancaster resident Randolph English and other members of the Both Sides Stop the Violence Committee wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging that more be done to stop the homicides caused by gun violence. The letter, “Let’s put an end to violence,” published in the May 19 edition of The Lancaster News. Following is the response from President Obama.

  • Relay for Life needs county volunteers

    The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is seeking volunteers in Lancaster – walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference – to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2014 event.

  • Words do matter – for everyone of us

    At the outset, let me stipulate that 99.999 percent – or more – of all the words uttered by politicians are thoroughly forgettable, and that they usually are forgotten nearly as soon as they are spoken.
    But occasionally – very, very occasionally – a politician says something that is not only remembered, but actually changes history.
    In short, words matter.

  • Socialists wear Capitalists’ clothing

    Perhaps the most dangerous thing a nation can do is stop defining itself – especially our nation, which was founded for the purpose of protecting and preserving liberty, justice and opportunity for all.
    We don’t like labels these days – we’re told they are “too confining.”
    But defining what system of government we have in place and what economic system is actually practiced is an exercise free people would be wise to undertake frequently.

  • We must always strive to do good no matter our circumstances

    The Bible teaches that no one is saved by doing good works. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.”
    Saving faith requires us to believe that by his death at Calvary The Lord Jesus Christ paid for all our sins, and that he rose from the dead to become our living Savior.

  • Number of 6-figure salaries growing at S.C. universities

    Nearly 1,700 administrators, professors and coaches at the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina earn at least $100,000 annually – an increase of about 250 from last year in the number of six-figure salaries,The Nerve found in a review of state salary data.
    The Nerve’s analysis of a salary database of employees at the state’s three research universities earning $50,000 or more, maintained by the S.C. Budget and Control Board (BCB), found that:

  • Cap – or better yet, eliminate – school fees

    For families with school-age children, the end of summer marks a transition from warm weather relaxation to the excitement of starting a new school year filled with new knowledge to gain, new friends to meet, and extracurricular activities to pursue.
    And, lest families without school-age children forget – school fees to pay.

  • South Carolina’s disclosure laws are among the nations’ weakest

    South Carolinians have become accustomed to seeing their state placed at or near the bottom of national rankings. Early childhood education, SAT scores, domestic violence, per capita income, physical fitness, cardiac health – the state usually finds itself somewhere between 40 and 50 (and in at least one case 51 – a ranking in which Washington, D.C. is ranked).
    One ranking, however, has received less attention than it should.

  • Lancaster is a very caring community

    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, U.S. author & illustrator (1904-1991)

    This statement is no less true today than the day Dr. Seuss first wrote it in 1971. Unless we care “a whole awful lot,” nothing in Lancaster is going to get better. Fortunately for Lancaster, and those who do care “a whole awful lot,” things are getting better.