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Columns

  • 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.

  • Outreach Project director thanks community for support

    On behalf of the Lancaster County Outreach Project and Lancaster County Partners for Youth, I’d like to thank the community so much for whole-heartedly embracing the Outreach Project since it started two years ago.
    The Outreach Project exists to enhance the lives of abused and neglected children in our county, who are in foster care or under the supervision of the Department of Social Services in Lancaster County.

  • Mound of garbage won’t improve our economy

    There has been much written concerning Griffin Brothers Enterprises and its proposal for a solid waste landfill on the site on Mineral Mining Road where they already have an industrial landfill.
    One of their proposed enticements to Lancaster County officials was the olive branch of a $20 million investment and the promise of creating 15-20 permanent jobs for Lancaster residents at minimum wages mostly.
    Imagine, Lancaster residents being the proud owners of $20 million worth of household garbage and lots of that hauled in from North Carolina.

  • Mulvaney explains what government shutdown means

    There’s been a lot of talk recently in political circles about a possible “government shutdown.” I thought it would be a good idea to explain what is really going on, why we are even discussing a shutdown and what that means for you.
    What a government shutdown is and is not:

  • Emperor has no clothes

    Lancaster County Deputy Administrator Jeff Naftal recently issued his Report on Economic Development Policies to Lancaster County Council. The report is quite revealing, eye-opening and should give all taxpayers of Lancaster County great concern.
    The report makes many points, some of which follow:
    1. County Council’s goal is bringing jobs to Lancaster County residents.
    2. Many of the companies coming to Lancaster are moving across the state line.
    3. Most of the companies kept their existing staff, adding few, if any employees.

  • Dangerous dog laws designed to protect dogs, not victims

    The recent dog bite tragedy in Waxhaw, where little Makayla Woodard lost her life and her grandmother suffered injuries trying to protect her grandchild struck a nerve in my heart and brought tears to my eyes. 
    It just so happened that our 5-year old son, Tanner Landires, was attacked by the neighbor’s dogs in the Arlington community last July.

  • New monument is for all Lancaster County veterans

    Charles Ussery is vice president of the Heath Springs Veterans Monument Committee  

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

  • Back-row view of state spending problems

    We sit on the back row of the S.C. Senate, with a fairly good view of the good, the bad and the ugly in our state’s government.
    One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. But more important than party affiliation is a  commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That’s why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies.

  • Protect the votes of those who protect our freedom to vote

    Although there’s no way to adequately express our thanks to the men and women who have made sacrifices in defending our nation, South Carolinians have always believed in doing our part to return the favor.
    I dare say that nowhere in America, nowhere in the world, will you find more patriotic citizens than right here in South Carolina – people who understand that freedom comes at great cost, and who offer their gratitude and support to those who serve.

  • Our country is losing its precious values

    In the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, I have begun to ask myself, once again, can the center hold?
    Some years ago, I discovered the lines of William Butler Yeats in his poem, “The Second Coming,” which he wrote in 1919 just after World War I. These lines from its first stanza haunt me to this day.
    “… Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned,