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Columns

  • Column: Vote for Parnell to protect Medicare and Social Security

    How many of you have a preexisting condition such as diabetes, heart problems or maybe cancer? How many of you depend on Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security? How many of you are realizing an increase in income due to the Republican tax cuts?  
    The Republicans tried and failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which allows individuals with preexisting conditions to purchase health insurance at an affordable rate. I have yet to see their replacement plan, and our Republican governors have rejected billions of dollars in Medicaid.

  • Column: Gregory: Yes on recreation bond, education superintendent change

    I’d like to share my thoughts on a couple of ballot questions Lancaster voters are considering.
    First, Amendment 1 is a constitutional amendment put forward by the S.C. General Assembly. It asks if the S.C. Constitution should be changed in order to allow future governors to appoint the state superintendent of education, as is done in most states.

  • Candidate's Column: District 5’s Taylor asks for your vote

    To the voters of Lancaster City Council District 5:
    Friday’s Lancaster News contained an awesome write-up by reporter Mark Manicone about the Before You Vote Forum, and it stated the reason I did not attend this event.
    Several weeks ago I sent an RSVP to the chamber of commerce saying I would not be able to attend. I asked Lancaster News Editor Brian Melton if it was mentioned at the forum that I had responded to the invitation, and he said he did not hear it.

  • Column: DeVenny: Rec bond keeps us advancing our quality of life

    Picture this. You wake up on a Saturday morning and go for a walk on the Lindsay Pettus Greenway with your family.
    Starting at the Barr Street Development Center, where just the night before you saw a great new local play at the revamped Barr Street Auditorium, your walk takes you along Gills Creek, where you see and interact with nature within a unique riparian ecosystem. You wave hello to friends, neighbors and visitors, all enjoying one of Lancaster’s finest amenities.

  • Candidate's Column: Dabney: Re-elect me for my know-how, proven leadership

    Teachers deserve to be fairly compensated. They have an extremely important, demanding and impactful job, which is why we must continue to work with the state legislature to push for change.
    Since my opponents have spoken a lot about salaries, let me share with you how it works.

  • Candidate's Column: Couch: I favor on-job training, paying teachers for extra duties

    Expand career and technology classes. Pay teachers for things done outside of school hours. Reduce teacher requirements that take away time from teaching.
    These are a few reasons I hope to serve District 5 on the Lancaster County school board.
    Having been a teacher and coach for five years at Buford High School, I have firsthand experience in the classroom and on the sidelines.

  • Column: Why we are voting for Parnell

    My husband, Tom, and I are voting for Archie Parnell for Congress, and I would like to tell you why. 
    We met Archie when he first declared his intention to run for office in early 2017, and my husband began to work as a volunteer for his campaign. During these almost two years, we have come to know him and his family well. He is, without a doubt, one of the finest people we have met.

  • Candidate's Column: Newton agenda: Education fixes, Santee Cooper decision

    First, I want to say thank you to the people of Lancaster and York counties for allowing me to represent you in Columbia. It has been truly humbling to be chosen to represent my community in the General Assembly.
    While it seems hard to imagine that the 2016 election was almost two years ago, election time is near and I am asking for your vote to continue to represent you in Columbia.

  • Column: Pro-life should mean more than opposing Roe v. Wade

    Being pro-life is defined as opposing abortion. The American Center for Law and Justice defines pro-life as “to defend the unborn, the widows, the disabled and the orphans… to serve the least of these in communities next door and across oceans, like organizations who serve the homeless or refugees who have fled war zones.”
    I support a woman’s right to choose. I also support this expanded view of pro-life.

  • Column: Back limited antitrust bill for newspapers

    Information provided by news publishers is essential to our democracy. And now more than ever, it’s important to remind our political leaders of that critical role.
    In the upcoming midterm elections, much is at stake. News consumption skyrockets, yet newspapers have experienced years of revenue decline. We need leaders in Congress who will aid us in not only supporting our editorial independence, but our financial independence – we cannot continue to be the voice of the people if we can no longer invest in delivering high-quality news.