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Columns

  • Column: Things I’ve learned to never do

    In my 74 going on 75 years, there are many things I have learned through experience that you just do not want to do.
    Do not eat ice and crunch it up. You just might break off your tooth doing this. Then you might swallow that tooth while eating a salad. I did this. It felt like a piece of glass in the salad, but it was my cracked-off tooth.
    If you have a pretty little bobcat kitten come to your back porch, do not start feeding it. It seems tame enough. You think you can take it in the kitchen and make this pretty little thing your housecat.

  • Column: Thanking those who got Kershaw new library site

    In 2014, voters approved a sales-tax increase that provided $8 million to make much-needed improvements to the three library branches in Lancaster County.
    Recently, county council voted unanimously to purchase the Wells Fargo building in Kershaw so the library could be moved to the center of downtown, providing a location that will be safer and more convenient for the Kershaw area.
    I would like to acknowledge the people who helped make this possible.

  • Column: FDR failed to pack high court, and Democrats will fail today

    The frustration of some in the Democratic Party has been manifest this year as they try to gain traction by packing the U.S. Supreme Court and changing the Constitution.
    Flush with victory when their party took control of the U.S. House in the November 2018 election, these Democrats have proposed some radical changes that they now see will go nowhere as long as the president and the Senate can block their extreme left ideas.

  • Column: Why does state disguise who’s really in charge?

    When it comes to debt, the state of South Carolina is swimming in billions of it.
    Yet an important report on the state’s finances, issued by Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and considered a key document by credit rating agencies in evaluating state debt, paints a misleading picture of South Carolina’s government structure and authority over state agencies.

  • Column: Officials move toward selling Santee Cooper

    Last week the S.C. House made historic progress toward protecting South Carolina ratepayers and taxpayers. With Senate and House joint resolutions, consensus is building to sell the state-owned utility Santee Cooper.
    The House authorized the Public Service Authority Evaluation and Recommendation Committee to analyze bids to purchase the utility.
    A special legislative committee, comprised of four House members, four Senate members and the governor, started researching the potential sale of Santee Cooper eight months ago.

  • Column: Honeycutt’s decision shows changing times in our county

    The recent decision of county council member Larry Honeycutt to leave the Democratic Party is another sign of the changing times here in Lancaster County.
    He followed the example of Cotton Cole, a former council member who left the Democratic Party in 2010, complaining about its leftward drift.
    At the time of Cole’s departure, there was just one Republican on county council. Now after Honeycutt’s decision, there is just one Democrat left on county council.

  • Column: Democrats’ shift puts party in right place moving ahead

    I recently received an email from a lifelong Democrat, county council member Larry Honeycutt. He expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the current state of political affairs and stated he could no longer identify as a Democrat due to what he perceived as a shift “to the left.”
    While I share his concern for the political dysfunction of the last eight years, I have to question where he is placing the blame.

  • Commentary: Deal could give Panthers large tax breaks while creating no jobs

    Two weeks ago, S.C. lawmakers introduced legislation in both the House and the Senate to extend tax favors to the Carolina Panthers in an attempt to lure the NFL team to relocate its practice facility and headquarters (not its stadium) to South Carolina.
    Both bills were being fast-tracked through committee this past week.
    The identical bills contain three incentives.
    First, the legislation would amend the jobs tax credit law to make the Panthers eligible to receive the credit.

  • Editor's column: Mayors don’t get to control which stories reporters write

    Eddie Moore, who until recently had always struck me as an even-keeled sort of guy, asked a TLN reporter to step outside before the Heath Springs Town Council meeting March 14.
    “I don’t want to have any more negative press about Heath Springs in The Lancaster News,” he told her calmly. “Mayor Taylor didn’t like that, and I don’t either.”

  • Column: More details from House’s budget plan

    As a follow-up to my March 8 column on the state budget, I’d like to share other noteworthy previsions in the House budget. These go along with the largest teacher pay raise since 1984, taking S.C. schoolteachers above the Southeastern average, and delivering a tax rebate to give the state’s taxpayers some of their money back from the budget surplus.
    One of the core responsibilities of the House of Representatives is to pass a state budget, which is exactly what was done this past week as the state’s budget moved through the House.