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Columns

  • Column: Fairfield television plant closing, state incentives down the drain

    Plenty of buzz surrounded Element Electronics’ announcement five years ago that it would open a television assembly plant in Fairfield County, with then-Gov. Nikki Haley joining company officials in a live webcast from a Walmart-sponsored conference in Florida.
    But little information was publicly released then about the taxpayer costs of the planned $7.5 million project, which was expected to eventually create 500 jobs. The Nerve at the time revealed, citing state records, that the estimated total public cost over 15 years was nearly $14.8 million.

  • Column: Disagreeing with Dems’ chair on basic perceptions of reality

    Keith T. Grey Sr., chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party, has a strange perception of the world we live in, and his hearing and vision appear to be rather selective.
    In his guest column last Friday, he asserts that Democrats are attempting nothing more than reasonable gun-safety regulations.
    But former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Diane Feinstein have both argued for banning so-called assault weapons, by which they mean garden variety semi-automatic rifles dressed up to look scary.

  • Column: Just disregard Trump’s rants – Journalists not people’s enemy

    Let’s make one thing crystal clear – the press is not the enemy of the American people.
    It is hard to believe any thinking citizen in South Carolina or around the country would actually believe that. Yet some do.
    These attacks against the media by President Trump – mostly against the national press – have gone on far too long and likely won’t stop. But we as citizens must stop believing them and not let community newspapers be tarred by their brush.
    Our founding fathers stood up for a free press, and so should you.

  • Column: For small papers, newsprint tariffs might be the end

    It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington.
    If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge. That is when the newspaper has to be edited, printed and distributed to readers.
    People in Mayville, Wisc., where I publish the Dodge County Pionier, count on my paper. It is how they find out what is happening in town. We don’t have a local TV station. Facebook and Google are here, but the internet has no journalists in my town.

  • Column: Tuition, fees used to pay off skyrocketing university IOUs

    If you’re a parent of a student attending a South Carolina public college or university, you probably haven’t been told how a good chunk of rising tuition and fees is being spent.
    Under state law, tuition and other student fees can be used by schools to pay off certain bonds that typically are issued for construction projects. Over the past 10 years at four-year schools, tuition and required fees for undergraduates jumped by about 40 percent on average, state records show.

  • Column: Schmidt’s ideas about Democrats off-base

    I take issue with many of the points in Rudy Schmidt’s Aug. 5 guest column, particularly when he tries to tell readers what Democrats think.
    I wonder if he knows any Democrats or has taken the time to talk to any. Usually when he uses the words “Democrats think,” “Democrats want” or “Democrats believe,” he couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • 6th BBB benefits Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity

    We at Habitat believe we’ve got a great family night out planned for our sixth BBB (Bluegrass, Barbecue & Building) at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium and Arnold Multi-purpose Room from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

  • Column: Free Press, Free People

    Donald J. Trump is a bully and a thug.  I could tell you he is a liar, but you and everyone else in America – even his Republican minions in Congress, know that already.
    Trump’s political career began on the lie that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. On the second day of his presidency, he sent his press secretary, a public employee, out to lie about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. The lies have become more frequent and more indefensible in the months that have followed.

  • Column: Not ‘veering left,’ just away from the cliff

    While I find it encouraging that the Democratic Party is finally starting to ease back to the left of the Republicans (Google the 1956 Republican platform), my goal is to revitalize the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. That is, the Democratic Party that lifted our nation from the economic ashes of the Great Depression that the excesses and corruption of the Republican Party created (sound familiar?), helped win World War II against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and assisted both Allies and the defeated to rebuild from the destruction.

  • Column: Losing local newspapers threatens our democracy

    If you’re reading this column in your local newspaper, congratulations!
    Just by skimming your eyeballs over this page, whether it’s in print or online, you’re doing a vital service for your hometown, and for democracy as a whole. (Go ahead and take the rest of the day off.)