• Inconsistencies abound in Obamacare promises

    In a debate on Obamacare, the law was called a failure due to high premiums, deductibles, failed promises and plans loaded with unnecessary provisions, such as maternity care for nuns and senior adults.

    Other problems include the fact that it is a forced government program with hidden taxes and costs and it appears the only people who can afford coverage are those being subsidized.

  • Watch those tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and looking forward to a busy 2014, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon.

    All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 15 – and the late penalties can be costly – so please don’t be late.

    Those homeowners whose tax payments are postmarked after Jan. 15 will have a 3 percent penalty assessed.

  • Boy, 9, knows meaning of Christmas

    By the time you read this Christmas will have come and gone, yet this is a story that still needs telling. A young man at the tender age of 9 has the ability to know his own mind, to think of others and to share what he has with those less fortunate than he, be they people or animals.

    We received a Facebook message recently from Paula Livingston Nguyen, who said she had some pet food and blankets for us and could one of us please meet her in Indian Land to pick it up.

  • You teach children respect by showing it

    My friend, a grandmother to a child at Indian Land Elementary School, posted this on Facebook the day after she had expressed so much excitement about seeing her child’s Christmas program on Dec. 12 at the school.

    Please, parents, be considerate of other children and teachers and remember, you are teaching your child by every word, action and attitude you express.

    What you teach them today will stay with them forever.

    This season, when we are supposed to celebrate peace, joy, love and hope, is not modeled by this behavior:

  • America is in an undeclared war

    The title says it all. With seven decades of living experience, I thought that I had seen most everything that life had to show. Well, I’ve been proven wrong.

    America, wake-up! A new war has begun. Call it a new revolution or another civil war. You can choose any name you wish; they all translate the same. Make no mistake – we are at war.

    Most of the civilized (the term is used loosely here) nations of the world understand what is happening here better than we do.

  • Cluster proposal will lead to higher taxes

    Lancaster County Council gave the cluster development proposal second reading Monday, Dec. 9, after seeing evidence that such closely spaced developments have burned at rates that full-time fire departments in Horry County were very hard pressed to control.

  • S.C. GOP launches ‘Red to the Roots’

    South Carolina is a solidly red, Republican state or so says the media and most observers. However, a closer look into history and the current state of politics might surprise you.

    In 1974, a Lowcountry dentist named Jim Edwards waged a massive grassroots campaign to become the first Republican governor in 100 years. And it was only within the last two decades that Republicans gained majorities in the South Carolina General Assembly and among our state’s nine constitutional officers.

  • Legislative session passed some good bills for S.C.

    The first year of the current two-year legislative session ended in June. From January until then senators did a lot of talking, meeting and arguing. Even though days lengthened as summer approached, the work stretched into nights as we debated the business of South Carolina.

  • A glimmer of hope for S.C. senior citizens

    The season of the light is upon us – a time of year that provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what we have as well as focus on how we can make life better for others who may not be as fortunate.

    South Carolina has more than 900,000 seniors, and that number is expected to double over the next 15 years, with those 50 and older accounting for nearly half of our state’s population by the year 2030, according to census projections.

  • USC’s Fair Funding Plan not so fair to taxpayers

    To University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides, his offer to the S.C. General Assembly is too good to pass up:

    Give the state’s flagship university an additional $10.13 million in general funds in fiscal 2014-15 for its eight campuses statewide, plus cover any pay hikes mandated by lawmakers and any health-care benefit and utility rate increases, and in-state students won’t pay higher tuition next fiscal year, which starts July 1.