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Columns

  • Column: Voting by mail would save time, money

    After deciding to vote early in last year’s election, my wife and I stood in line for more than three hours at a Charleston shopping center early-voting facility. The first hour was spent huddling in line under an umbrella to ward off the rain.

  • Column: Why I support the president’s declaration of emergency on the border

    Any American who has turned on their TV or glanced at a newspaper over the past few weeks knows that border security and maintaining our national sovereignty have been at the top of the news.
    This debate has raged on for years, for decades even. But as the matter at hand has become a crisis, the actions we take now are more important than ever.

  • Column: Limit teens’ access to e-cigs

    Vaping. How bad is it?
    The creation of electronic cigarettes quickly captured the hearts and minds of young impressionable teens. But what exactly are electronic cigarettes, and how are they used?
    E-cigs were created for adults who desire to stop smoking but not quit cold turkey. E-cigs are battery-operated and fueled by pods, which contain a mix of nicotine and other chemicals. Each pod is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, and many teens go through a pod or two a day.

  • Column: Little research to say if e-cigarettes are safe

    A question that has come up recently regarding American healthcare is whether e-cigarettes should be available for teenagers.
    A majority of middle school and high school students have access to these devices, and there has been an increase in the use of them over recent years. With a wide range of different types of e-cigarettes, scientists know little about these devices, which have only existed for about 15 years.

  • Column: Need tighter controls on vaping in schools

    As a high schooler, I witness every day how far vape and electronic cigarettes addictions reach into the community of students.
    Hidden in the sleeves of the students' sweatshirts, e-cigarettes are easily concealed for use in class and during lunch. Students race to their cars after school to “hit” their Juuls.

  • Column: Vandalism at Deliverance church a blow to dedicated faith leaders

    When I first heard about the vandalism of the lovely little Deliverance Word of Faith Church, I felt shock, then anger, then deep sadness.
    I struggle to understand why anyone would want to commit such a hurtful and totally senseless act. What possible benefit could someone gain from breaking beautiful stained-glass windows and destroying the other hard-earned church property that these dedicated pastors and their congregation had worked so hard to put there?
    The wound goes beyond the physical damage to the church and strikes at the heart. 

  • Column: Too early to OK medical marijuana

    A handful of S.C. legislators have made it clear they intend to again push for legalized marijuana in South Carolina.
    They have also made it clear they intend to have this debate as though it were a medical issue by making physicians the singular access point for the “marijuana drug.” There is one substantial problem. None of them have bothered to ask physicians if we support such measures. We do not.

  • Column: It’s the state, not the county, with that pot of unclaimed cash

    I’ve been contacted recently by a lot of Lancaster County residents about the state’s Unclaimed Property Program, which has over $650 million of unclaimed assets belonging to S.C. residents who, for some reason or another, can’t be contacted.
    The Lancaster News reported last month that this program has more than 1,700 accounts of unclaimed funds worth $500 or more that belong to Lancaster County residents.

  • Column: Come on, David, leave some newspapers for the rest of us

    About 10 miles from home, on the way to David Knight’s house, I decided to pick up The Lancaster News on Feb. 17.
    But to my amazement, at every rack I went to, there were no papers to be found. Another guy that was also looking to buy a newspaper told me he thought it was because David Knight had bought all the newspapers he could get his hands on! Possibly to give them to all of his extended family, relatives and friends all over the United States and other countries.

  • Column: Agency favors bill that would up its revenues

    The S.C. Commerce Department has paid $2.9 million since fiscal 2015 to a state-created nonprofit that listed $69 million in net assets as of June 30 and now wants lawmakers to double its main funding source.
    Asked for specifics on the money paid to the Columbia-based S.C. Research Authority, Commerce spokeswoman Alex Clark said the department and SCRA have been “involved in a number of partnerships over the last several years,” including: