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Column: Norman: The next tax reform should be cuts for our troops

It has been just over four months since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law, and the nation is already feeling the positive effects of pro-growth tax reform.
Americans are seeing the fastest wage gains in the private sector in a decade. We are seeing the fastest growth in capital expenditures since 2011. The unemployment rate is the lowest in 18 years at 3.9 percent. Business optimism is through the roof, and consumer confidence is high.


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Column: Raising ticket prices hurts the athletes’ families most

I am writing in regards to the article published in your paper Sunday pertaining to the school board members’ vote to increase the admission price for school sporting events by $1.
That does not sound like very much. But to the parent of three, four or maybe five kids, it is a very big deal, especially if your child/children participate in multiple sports.


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Column: The real problem isn’t guns, it’s bureaucrats not doing their jobs

Since last fall, mass shootings have occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, five days ago.


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Column: Uniting to help those with mental illness

In these times of deep division in our country, I would like to point out something that we Americans have in common.
One in five U.S. residents – across all social classes, races, religious beliefs, genders and ages – lives with some form of mental health condition in a given year. It is so common that it’s becoming an epidemic.
Despite this fact, there is still stigma associated with having a diagnosis of a mental health condition.


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Commentary: Scott: Here’s how to ignite job creation and aid towns like Lancaster

Editor’s note: Sen. Scott testified Thursday before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on the benefits that Opportunity Zones, passed in last year’s federal tax reform bill, will have on distressed communities across the country. In March, Gov. Henry McMaster selected nearly all of the city of Lancaster as two of the state’s 135 Opportunity Zones. The program makes those areas eligible for tax incentives to encourage business creation. Here are excerpts of Scott’s testimony:


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Column: It’s vital to be ‘in the room where it happens’ these days

In the second act of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” the Aaron Burr character expresses his jealousy at being excluded from – and his desire to get into – the meetings that his rival Alexander Hamilton participates in where major decisions are made to plot the course of the new United States.
“I wanna be in the room where it happens,” Burr sings.


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Column: Thief keeps donated food from those who need it

It would seem to be the perfect crime. A petty crime for sure, but a crime nonetheless. After all, the items I left out I expected to be gone at some point.
This past Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service and United Way held the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. In Lancaster, postal workers picked up nonperishable food items left by their customers to be donated to Project HOPE, our local food bank.
On Friday I dutifully went by the supermarket and purchased about $20 worth of nonperishable items to donate. Around 10 a.m. Saturday, I placed three bags of items at my mailbox.


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Commentary: Graham backs Trump on Iran nuclear deal, N. Korea talks

Editor’s note: Last Thursday, White House communications aide Kelly Sadler was criticized for dismissing ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain’s opposition to President Trump’s CIA nominee, saying it “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on CBS’ “Face The Nation” and discussed the remark, the Iran nuclear deal and talks with North Korea. Here are excerpts of his interview with host Margaret Brennan.


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Column: Last-minute wrangling over a single PSC seat

On the last day of regular session Thursday, S.C. lawmakers in an unrecorded voice vote effectively approved a “do-over” election for a state Public Service Commission seat, allowing the incumbent to stay on months after his term expires and the opportunity to decide on matters related to the controversial V.C. Summer project.
Lawmakers also overwhelmingly elected a former legislator and circuit judge to a four-year term on the seven-member PSC, which routinely raised electric rates for the failed nuclear project.


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Commentary: Haley to graduates: Be ‘actively grateful’ for America’s blessings

Editor’s note: Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, now President Trump’s representative at the U.N., gave a commencement address and received an honorary doctorate Thursday at Clemson University. She is a 1994 graduate of the school. Here are excerpts of her speech.

It’s a great day at Clemson University! And it’s a great day in South Carolina!
Congratulations to the College of Business and the College of Education Class of 2018. And thank you for this amazing honor.


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