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Columns

  • Guest Column: Secrecy abounds in Santee Cooper bidding process

    The taxpayer tab for a global consulting firm hired last year to help a legislatively controlled study committee on the possible sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper has grown to more than $735,000 – and it’s unclear whether that’s the final bill.
    Meanwhile, the S.C. Department of Administration is being tight-lipped about the process – likely to cost millions – it will use to evaluate bids and proposals for the sale or management of the Moncks Corner-based utility.

  • Guest Column: Born this way: Glad to have employer who welcomes all

    I’ll never forget her storming into Starbucks dripping wet from the rain.
    She had just bought two gift cards from me at the drive-through window. I had taken extra time to gather several different gift cards to offer her a good selection to pick from.
    She marched to the front register asking for a refund. I asked as I passed by what was wrong. She said, “I don’t need them anymore.”

  • Guest Column: Trouble in Lexington – Hiding financial information from a school board member

    A member of the board of trustees of Lexington School District 1 has had her requests for access to school district financial records denied by the school superintendent.
    The member has asked to see how much money the district has paid for lawyers. The superintendent says he won’t allow access to the records unless the entire school board approves the request, or the board member submits a written request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

  • Guest Column: County’s GOP switch a sign of good times

    I want to thank William St. Louis for taking the time to share his views in The Lancaster News, as well as recognizing my efforts to help Republicans build a majority in Lancaster County.
    Usually being a political party chair is a thankless and invisible role where one is seldom noticed, much less recognized in the public spotlight. In reality, though, let’s give credit where credit is due.

  • Guest Column: Democrats in glass houses should not throw stones

    In his recent column, William St. Louis makes the astounding assertion that the Republican Party is “owned” by the National Rifle Association.
    According to the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org), in the 2016 election cycle, the NRA spent $54.4 million in support of and in opposition to various candidates for federal office. The expenditures for all federal campaigns totaled $6.8 billion, so the NRA accounted for 0.8 percent of that total.

  • Guest Column: I have arrived, just not in Beaufort

    Between 1980, when I became counsel to the S.C. Press Association, and today, I have given more seminars and participated in panel discussions regarding our state’s laws on open meetings and open records than I have kept count of.

  • Guest Column: Buford Massacre’s impact on the Revolutionary War

    Editor’s note: Dakota Hegler, incoming cadet captain of Buford High’s JROTC and a rising senior, won the annual Emily Franklin Scholarship sponsored by the Friends of Buford Massacre Battleground for this essay, which he read May 25 during the 239th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre. Hegler, 17, is the son of Ray and Angie Hegler.

    All of the events that took place in the Revolutionary War have their own important place in history. They shaped the United States into what it is today.

  • Guest Column: Remembering D-Day, 75 years later

    It was mid-morning June 5 when I received a telephone call from a young adult whom I know quite well. The caller asked, “What are you doing?”      
    I replied, “I am reading about D-Day.”
    “What is D-Day?” my caller asked.

  • Commentary: Scott praises D-Day assault forces, honors those they freed from Nazis

    Editor’s note: Sen. Scott hosted a D-Day commemoration this week at the U.S. Capitol along with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas). Here are excerpts of his remarks.

    Seventy-five years ago this week, soldiers from across this great nation, as well as England and Canada, descended on beaches in Normandy.

  • Column: Hammond’s switch pragmatic, but take close look at the GOP

    I read with amusement the Lancaster News article regarding Jeff Hammond’s switch from Democrat to Republican.
    I know the switch was made only to get re-elected in the 2020 county election. This letter is not aimed at Jeff but at the theatrics behind the announcement and what some might derive from such an event.