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Columns

  • Many accomplishments at Sheriff’s Office in 2 years

    When I was elected sheriff two years ago, I set out to accomplish an ambitious set of goals.
    Now that I’ve reached the mid-point of my first term, I think it is only appropriate to issue an update on the progress we have made to date. Based on the scope and implementation requirements, these goals were categorized as either short or long term, but the basis for all of them was accountability, improved service and professionalism.

  • $75 tax for fire district is unjust

    I would like to thank those who took the trouble to vote against the Indian Land Fire District in the advisory referendum on Jan. 18, 2011.
    You stood up for the principle that private, voluntary means should be the first option for supporting volunteer fire departments, as is done successfully all over the country.

  • Rep. Long outlines her agenda

    Last week, your S.C. House of Representatives went back to work at the State House. It is notable that we unanimously passed our first agenda item, on-the-record roll call voting, and witnessed history as our former colleague, Nikki Haley, became the first female governor of our state.

  • Clear up tea party myths

    For months, various liberal media outlets have published attacks against the tea party, arguing that the tea party does not follow the Constitution. In fact, many of these attacks have argued that members of the tea party apparently have not even read the Constitution.
    These attacks can be explained in that members of the tea party do not espouse the long-standing position of the liberal left that government is the solution to every problem.
    First, we are told the tea party is against laws that provide for the general welfare.

  • Jumping to conclusions

     

  • In 2011, let’s change S.C. government

    It’s often said that the New Year is a time for new beginnings, an opportunity for fresh starts. Typically we vow to exercise more, eat less, spend a little less time at work, develop new skills or set some other worthy goal.
    For South Carolina’s elected leaders, perhaps the New Year presents us an opportunity to step back, reflect on the true meaning of public service and evaluate how we can make our state a better place to live.

  • Mulvaney pledges to be accessible to constituents

    First of all, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas weekend with family and friends. 
    With the new year comes a new Congress, the 112th, which officially began Jan. 5. As the real business at hand gets cranked up, there is a good bit to report.
    Lots of folks have asked about our local offices. Our first office will be in Rock Hill, on Ebenezer Road. This was a fairly simple decision, as more than 50 percent of the District 5 population lives within 20 miles of there.  

  • Spratt reflects on 28 years of service to 5th District

    On Dec. 22, 2010, U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) submitted the following
    statement for the record:
    Madam Speaker, when I was elected to Congress 28 years ago, it was the fulfillment of a life-long ambition. But I had never served in elective office before, and frankly, I wondered how well it would wear – all the backslapping and glad-handing and garrulous talk.

  • Domestic abuse serious problem in South Carolina

    Many women and children are in serious danger in a place where they should be safe and secure- within their own home.
    Domestic violence is a very serious problem in the state of South Carolina.
    Annually, more than 36,000 victims report a domestic incident to law enforcement agencies around the state.
    During the past 13 years, an average of 33 women have been killed each year by their intimate partner.
    In South Carolina, the term domestic violence refers to violence between a male and female who are married, or share a child in common.

  • Why ‘stimulus’ didn’t work

    I was recently contacted by a reporter who wanted me to share my thoughts on the “stimulus” and whether it had been successful.
     I told her that the stimulus didn’t work, especially not the way Washington said it would.
     There’s no joy in saying that the stimulus act – a record-shattering spending spree that was advertised as a sure-fire way to jump start our economy – was a failure.