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Columns

  • Commentary: Deal could give Panthers large tax breaks while creating no jobs

    Two weeks ago, S.C. lawmakers introduced legislation in both the House and the Senate to extend tax favors to the Carolina Panthers in an attempt to lure the NFL team to relocate its practice facility and headquarters (not its stadium) to South Carolina.
    Both bills were being fast-tracked through committee this past week.
    The identical bills contain three incentives.
    First, the legislation would amend the jobs tax credit law to make the Panthers eligible to receive the credit.

  • Editor's column: Mayors don’t get to control which stories reporters write

    Eddie Moore, who until recently had always struck me as an even-keeled sort of guy, asked a TLN reporter to step outside before the Heath Springs Town Council meeting March 14.
    “I don’t want to have any more negative press about Heath Springs in The Lancaster News,” he told her calmly. “Mayor Taylor didn’t like that, and I don’t either.”

  • Column: More details from House’s budget plan

    As a follow-up to my March 8 column on the state budget, I’d like to share other noteworthy previsions in the House budget. These go along with the largest teacher pay raise since 1984, taking S.C. schoolteachers above the Southeastern average, and delivering a tax rebate to give the state’s taxpayers some of their money back from the budget surplus.
    One of the core responsibilities of the House of Representatives is to pass a state budget, which is exactly what was done this past week as the state’s budget moved through the House.

  • Column: AmeriCorps program helping our students with ‘near-peer’ advisers

    Let me tell you about an exciting initiative that I’m privileged to be a part of at my alma mater, Lancaster High School.
    It’s an AmeriCorps program. Created as part of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, AmeriCorps helps individuals give back to their communities in service positions across the United States.

  • Column: Spring arrives, and we bustle to clear away winter’s daze

    Spring comes – like a beautiful woman making promises – and we follow. Aroused by her loveliness, we hastily try to make our premises more suitable for her visit.
    We wash the greyness of winter off the windows, inviting her warmth into our homes. The dusty bookshelves, the soiled carpet, the cluttered closets, the unkempt lawns – all must be cleaned for our bright young guest. We feel rejuvenated by her fragrance, her newness, her vitality. Even the winter flab, which has been obscured beneath bulky sweaters, will be trimmed in her honor.

  • Column: Becoming a county delegate to the state GOP convention

    One of the most important benefits of the Republican Party in Lancaster County is with our county’s delegate slots for the upcoming S.C. Republican Party Convention.
    The size of our county’s delegate block is a great reflection of our county’s growing importance in South Carolina elections and a wonderful reward to the voters of the county for supporting Republican candidates in record numbers.

  • Column: An eclipse of our state’s sunshine laws

    Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun’s bright light.

  • Column: Property tax deadline is this Monday

    An important deadline is approaching this week for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2018 tax books, which takes place on 5 p.m. this Monday, March 18.
    This is the deadline for paying property taxes on homes, business properties, boats and motors. (The deadline does not apply to cars.)

  • Column: Money for a few key lawmakers’ favorite projects

    State Reps. Bruce Bannister and Dwight Loftis, both Greenville Republicans, want $5 million in state funding to help build a convention center in downtown Greenville.
    Bannister says it would house a large art collection that had been displayed at the private Bob Jones University.
    Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, who has donated to the nonprofit South Carolina Aquarium, says he wants $1.5 million in state money to move power-generating equipment at the Charleston aquarium to higher ground.

  • Column: Solutions on Carolina Thread Trail require creative ideas from all sides

    A guiding principle of the Carolina Thread Trail is “respect for the land and respect for the landowner.” It seeks to work with property owners to respect the wishes of all landowners along potential trail corridors, and we share those values in our own work in conservation and trail development.