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Columns

  • Guest Column: How to choose the best Medicare option for you

    With Medicare Open Enrollment running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, here’s a question I’m hearing often.
    What is better – original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan?
    The first approach would include original Medicare Parts A (hospital) and B (doctors), which usually covers 80 percent of your medical cost, plus a Medicare supplement (also called Medigap insurance) sold by private insurance companies, which helps pay the 20 percent that original Medicare doesn’t cover. This approach would require a Medicare Part D (prescription) plan.

  • Column: Kavanaugh showed himself to be untruthful, insulting, smart aleck

    I periodically read letters to the editor that infuriate me, and I have the urge to immediately rebut what I have read. Generally, I calm down and decide that a response is not warranted for such a ridiculous opinion.
    Mr. Ralph Richardson’s Friday guest column warrants a response from the left.
    First, if he is going to state that President Obama did not accomplish anything positive during his eight-year term and also state that President Trump has accomplished more in two years, he should back up that statement with facts.

  • Column: Our state’s maternal death rate is alarming

    South Carolina’s maternal-mortality rate is the eighth highest in the nation, with 26.5 deaths for 100,000 live births compared to 20.7 nationwide.
    The Centers For Disease Control also found that between 2011 and 2015, the maternal-mortality rate for black women in our state was significantly higher, with a gap of more than 40 deaths per 100,000 live births.
    I am helping to lead a bipartisan effort in the Senate calling for an increased focus on reducing maternal mortality in the United States and improving health outcomes for all mothers and children.

  • Column: Everything in this paper is important to someone

    “Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”
    That has become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.
    Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos of grand openings at bakeries, and donations being dropped off at local food pantries.

  • Column: Lies and lawyer tricks marked Senate’s fight over Kavanaugh

    In response to the Oct. 3 guest column by Christine Taylor, I offer the following rebuttal.
    On her point that Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser has no reason to lie about him, I believe there are several.
    George Soros has offered a substantial reward for the defeat of Judge Kavanaugh. And the political left is desperate to show its base that it is accomplishing something, since President Obama did not accomplish anything positive in eight years.
    President Trump has accomplished more good things in two years than Obama in eight.

  • Column: Lawmakers kill governor’s budget vetoes of pet projects

    Hugh Leatherman, the S.C. Senate’s president pro tem, appeared relaxed and confident before last week’s votes, at one point smiling and giving a thumbs up.
    Leatherman, R-Florence, didn’t make any long speeches in asking his Senate colleagues to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s vetoes of parts of a state budget proviso directing $7.1 million to Francis Marion University.

  • Column: SCDOT kicks a critic off its Facebook page, ends up in court

    Tom Fernandez says he was just trying to make a serious point – in a humorous way – about the S.C. Department of Transportation’s pothole-repair program.
    On Aug. 29, DOT posted a video on the agency’s Facebook page titled, “How does a pothole get repaired?” About two weeks earlier, Fernandez, a Berkeley County businessman and frequent critic of DOT on social media, posted a parody video on one of his Facebook pages showing him filling a pothole on a rural road with two pizzas.

  • Column: Join archaeologists as the stewards of our state’s past

    Recently, The State newspaper reported on a prehistoric archaeological site discovered by a member of the public while trespassing on property owned by SCE&G and leased to Riverbanks Zoo.
    While this might have seemed unusual, it is something that happens all the time, albeit under the radar of the average citizen. What is unusual is that this time it became widely known throughout the Midlands and beyond due to postings to social media, and subsequently it caught the attention of Native American leaders across South Carolina.

  • Column: Scott: Barring new evidence, I will vote for Kavanaugh

    The past few weeks have been gut-wrenching for our nation, and for the families of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
    We continue to confront how we can move forward as a society after looking the other way as women have been mistreated and abused for generations, and how that interacts with available evidence and the ability to determine culpability for past actions.

  • Candidate's Column: Decades working in Probate Court make me the best candidate for job

    Why choose me as your next probate judge?
    I am a lifelong resident of Lancaster County with 25 years of experience in our Probate Court. I know the procedures. I know what is working, what needs improvement and how to improve it. I have the patience, understanding and compassion to help families through the long and unfamiliar legal process after the loss of a loved one.