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Columns

  • Guest Column: Our elderly citizens need help to guard against abuse, neglect

    As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected.  
    Older people are vital, contributing members of American society, and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

  • Guest Column: Bad idea to shift gas-tax money away from repairs

    Among the arguments offered by opponents of South Carolina’s 2017 gas-tax hike was that the state’s highway-maintenance spending had historically been inefficient and poorly prioritized.
    They asked: Why should we believe these new tax dollars would be wisely spent?

  • Column: University spends tax money meant for veterans’ care on bus, furniture

    Over the last four fiscal years, $1.4 million in tax dollars flowed through three state social-service agencies to an equestrian center operated by Lander University in Greenwood.
    But relatively little was spent to directly help S.C. citizens served by those state agencies. In fact, not one cent of $500,000 that the small, public liberal-arts school received last fiscal year was spent for a mandated veterans’ therapy program that was supposed to operate at the equestrian center but never was implemented.

  • Column: You might be shocked by how lively your library is

    When you walk into the Lancaster County Library on a Monday evening, you might see people carrying guitars to the meeting room, or you might hear faint music floating down the hall as participants learn South Carolina’s state dance – the shag.
    At a library? Absolutely!

  • Column: Town owns YMCA building in Fort Mill

    This is a response to a Fort Mill YMCA member whose column appeared in the May 8 paper.
    As the concerned citizen outlines, we have received several inquiries concerning the water temperature at the Fort Mill YMCA at the Complex. Throughout this process, we have communicated through email with any new information.

  • Column: Community newspapers nationwide are adapting to survive

    There was a tough but mostly accurate headline on a recent Associated Press story: “Decline in readers, ads leads hundreds of newspapers to fold.”
    But as usual, the headline didn’t tell the whole story.
    The story had a strong central basis, the research of Penny Abernathy and her colleagues at the University of North Carolina. She reported in October that about 1,400 U.S. cities and towns lost newspapers from 2004 through 2015.

  • Column: Norman: Disabled 1st responders deserve lifetime tax-exempt status

    There are people among us who make sacrifices. People who pay the ultimate price not for prestige, power or glory – but for strangers in need.
    Sometimes, these men and women are found abroad or on our military bases keeping us safe. Often, they are found right next door. These are our first responders, our neighborhood heroes who go to work every day with the full knowledge that they might not return home.
    Nationwide in the second half of 2018 alone, nearly 700 first responders were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty.

  • Column: Are S.C. officials shirking oversight of state payouts to private groups?

    In 2006, lawmakers approved spending $700,000 in the fiscal 2007 state budget to help the private Erskine College establish the John Drummond Center for Statesmanship – to be named after the longtime senator who retired from the legislature in 2008.
    A budget proviso authorizing the funding required the Abbeville County liberal arts college to give a written report to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees and the then-state Budget and Control Board on how it spent the state funds.
    That apparently never happened.

  • Column: Palmetto Y slow to fix pool issue in Fort Mill

    I have been a member of what once was the Springs Recreation Center in Fort Mill, now known as the YMCA at the Complex, since 2010. In 2017, we thought we were going to lose the recreation center, and we banded together and did whatever we could to save the facility.
    This center has been more a community center than a sports complex to many people. This is where friends were made, and kept, for many, many years.

  • Column: Help collect the 8 missing photos of S.C. soldiers killed in Vietnam

    The names of the 896 South Carolinians killed in the Vietnam War are engraved for history on the polished Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
    The Wall has helped heal the nation’s wounds and honor Vietnam veterans.