• 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.

  • Column: Chamber backs recreation bond on Nov. 6 ballot

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce encourages you to vote in favor of the county recreation bond on the Nov. 6 ballot.
    The chamber understands that to retain and recruit talent, a community must be competitive on many levels, and fortunately we have many of the components in place that make Lancaster County a great place to live and work.

  • Column: How young leaders strengthen communities

    Editor’s note: Members of two local student groups – Young People in Charge and the Horizon Education Grants Youth Review Committee – wrote this article about a youth philanthropy and leadership conference they attended this summer.
    A group of high school youth and four chaperones from Lancaster and Chester counties attended the 2018 Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference at Central Michigan University over a long weekend in June.

  • Column: Journalism is under attack when our country needs it the most

    When has the work of journalists been more important?
    Was it 50 years ago, when America’s inner cities were burning and the Pentagon was hiding the scope and nature of the war in Vietnam?
    Or 100 years ago, when the administration of President Woodrow Wilson was muzzling newspapers and churning out propaganda in support of the nation’s involvement in what would become known as World War I?

  • Column: $312M in gas tax revenue accumulated as of Aug. 31

    As of Aug. 31, the state of South Carolina was sitting on nearly $312 million in revenues from the gas-tax-hike law that took effect more than 15 months ago – despite promises from lawmakers that the money would go toward fixing crumbling roads.
    Newly released records from the S.C. Department of Transportation and state Comptroller General’s Office show that of the approximately $362.3 million collected since July 1, 2017, $15.8 million, or less than 4.5 percent of the total, was spent on listed “external” projects.

  • Guest Column: How to choose the best Medicare option for you

    With Medicare Open Enrollment running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, here’s a question I’m hearing often.
    What is better – original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan?
    The first approach would include original Medicare Parts A (hospital) and B (doctors), which usually covers 80 percent of your medical cost, plus a Medicare supplement (also called Medigap insurance) sold by private insurance companies, which helps pay the 20 percent that original Medicare doesn’t cover. This approach would require a Medicare Part D (prescription) plan.