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Columns

  • Guest Column: Can anti-trust law save newspapers?

    Federal and state anti-trust laws date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, way before the emergence of the modern internet-fueled economy. But increasingly these old laws and concepts are being seen as the means of limiting the influence of the dominant internet platforms, and perhaps of helping print media, particularly newspapers, remain viable.

  • Guest Column: Did lawmakers violate law with DOT Commission suggestions?

    An Upstate legislative delegation might have skirted the state’s open-meetings law last year by privately recommending candidates for a Department of Transportation Commission seat to the governor, The Nerve found in a review.
    In interviews in mid-July, Greenville County GOP Reps. Mike Burns and Garry Smith said the Greenville and Spartanburg county legislative delegations each sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster supporting a different candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat now held by Woodrow “Woody” Willard.

  • Guest Column: FOIA violations in USC presidential search

    Well, this is a fine kettle of fish.
    The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees appears to be bowing to political pressure to hire a new president who was previously rejected at the end of a search that cost about $200,000 and didn’t produce a candidate who could get enough votes to be selected.

  • Norman: Why I voted against extending 9/11 victim fund for 70 years

    H.R. 1327 was the wrong way to do the right thing.
    The bill, titled Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act of 2019, passed the House by a 402-12 vote July 12, sending it to the Senate for further consideration.
    I was one of the no votes, and I want you to understand my reasoning.

  • Guest Column: Is my house going to explode?

    Editor’s note: A house in the Ballantyne community of southern Mecklenburg County exploded July 2, killing one owner and injuring another. The Charlotte Fire Department reported that a natural gas leak was the likely cause.

    With the recent events in the area to the north of Lancaster County, we have seen an increase in calls for the smell of gas, checks on alarm systems, and possible gas leaks over the past few weeks.

  • Guest Column: Treasurer’s office staffing IL service center monthly

    Foot traffic in our office at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center has been light, so I’m writing to remind residents about our monthly office hours there and our commitment to serving the taxpayers in the most efficient way.
    Part of keeping the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office taxpayer-friendly is coming up with new choices for improved customer service.

  • Guest Column: Power to select S.C. magistrates often resides in a single senator

    The S.C. Senate’s quiet move at the end of last month’s special legislative session to confirm Mike Pitts as a Laurens County magistrate surprised even some senators when the former state House member’s name was quickly read across the desk.

  • Guest Column: Everyone should play a role in stopping child sex abuse

    In today’s society, educating our children on many things is essential. We educate them on reading, math, science, technology and many other things, but do we prepare them for what to do if they’ve been sexually assaulted or raped?
    In Lancaster County, 387 cases were reported to law enforcement during 2018 by the Children’s Advocacy Center, part of the nonprofit Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, which serves Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties.

  • Guest Column: Santee Cooper has always been generous with rate-payer money

    As Santee Cooper was accumulating billions in debt for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, the state-owned utility was doling out millions that benefited major corporations, local governments and economic-development groups, utility records show.
    From August 2010 to April 2018, at least $121 million in grants and no-interest and low-interest loans were approved for projects statewide, including:

  • Guest Column: Why must disagreement become us-versus-them fistfighting to the death?

    Two parents sat, discussing the best way to teach their son about money.
    The mother wanted to give the son an allowance each month so that he would learn the consequences of saving and spending. She wanted him to do chores, but not to be financially compensated.
    “Chores are his duty as a member of this family,” she said.
    The father understood this point of view but disagreed. He thought their son should earn his money for the chores that he completed.