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Columns

  • Sales tax could help repave county roads

    Last month, I wrote about some of the funding and maintenance issues we face with our road system in this county and state.

    In this column, we will be looking at who is responsible for repaving roads in the county, the funding and what we can do about improving road conditions in the county.

  • Where is hope, change, transparency?

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says that a recently released e-mail explaining the talking points for the Benghazi attack has nothing to do with the Benghazi attack. Why not just release everything asked for if there is nothing to hide and drown the committee with information and facts, if these facts actually exist?

  • S.C. issuing more bailouts

    In a typical move by the Budget and Control Board (BCB) recently, the board voted 3-1-1 to bail out yet another state agency. This time, it was South Carolina State University.

    The governor, after admitting that “this should be the decision of the legislature,” detailed the agreement her office drafted that would allow the BCB to loan the university $6 million to assist with its $13 million deficit. The loan is to be used specifically for debt service and payroll and has to be repaid by the end of fiscal year 2014-2015.

  • Will June Primary in S.C. be honest?

    On June 10, we will have state primary elections for both Democrats and Republicans; this we know for sure. What we don’t know, and what many are worried about, is will the actual voting and election process work honestly and smoothly the way its suppose to.

    If either distant or recent history is any guide, don’t count on it.

  • Take the time to thank your officers this week

    During National Police Week, May 13-19, I’d like to encourage you to take the time to recognize our local law enforcement officers for their service to Lancaster County.

    Our officers face many risks and challenges and their sacrifice and service are often taken for granted. If you encounter a deputy, police officer, highway patrolman or corrections officer this week, show your support and let them know how much their work means to you.

  • ALS Association honors Lou Gehrig

    Seventy-five years ago, on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered what is now known as sports’ most famous speech. Suffering from the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), he died less than two years later at the age of 37.

    Today, Gehrig remains an inspiration, representing fortitude, humility and courage to the tens of thousands of Americans living with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

  • When buying a new car don’t forget to pay taxes

    Most people like having new vehicles. A new convertible would be especially nice for the summer time. Unfortunately, with new vehicles come taxes and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.

    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to the County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax for the vehicle to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • County Council runs amok on the overlay

    At the Lancaster County Council meeting April 28, the U.S. 521/S.C. 160 corridor overlay district was approved for second reading and remanded to the Planning Commission for revision on a number of specific topics suggested by various council members at the meeting. The matter is to be considered at the Planning Commission meeting May 20 and returned to County Council for action at its June 9 meeting.

  • What are legislature’s priorities on taxes?

    South Carolina is known as a “red state” and a “conservative” state, and so one might be led to believe it’s a place where non-“progressive,” free-market policies reign. Certainly South Carolina has a reputation for being a “low tax state.” But the reputation is unearned.

    A brief look at the legislature’s record on tax policy – perhaps the most fundamental free market issue – reveals a profound disconnect between reputation and reality.

  • Children the losers when adults fighting

    The other night I was on the sofa juggling the remote control in one hand, a custom-built ham sandwich with the works in the other, and a plate of Cheetos and a cold beer on my lap. I was one false move from a big mess when I froze on the spot as a guy on TV in a suit at some government committee table said it.

    “When adults fight, children lose.”

    What a simple, brilliant assessment of what’s happening with education politics in our state and nation.