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Columns

  • 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.

  • Column: Kavanaugh showed himself to be untruthful, insulting, smart aleck

    I periodically read letters to the editor that infuriate me, and I have the urge to immediately rebut what I have read. Generally, I calm down and decide that a response is not warranted for such a ridiculous opinion.
    Mr. Ralph Richardson’s Friday guest column warrants a response from the left.
    First, if he is going to state that President Obama did not accomplish anything positive during his eight-year term and also state that President Trump has accomplished more in two years, he should back up that statement with facts.

  • Column: Our state’s maternal death rate is alarming

    South Carolina’s maternal-mortality rate is the eighth highest in the nation, with 26.5 deaths for 100,000 live births compared to 20.7 nationwide.
    The Centers For Disease Control also found that between 2011 and 2015, the maternal-mortality rate for black women in our state was significantly higher, with a gap of more than 40 deaths per 100,000 live births.
    I am helping to lead a bipartisan effort in the Senate calling for an increased focus on reducing maternal mortality in the United States and improving health outcomes for all mothers and children.

  • Column: Everything in this paper is important to someone

    “Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”
    That has become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.
    Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos of grand openings at bakeries, and donations being dropped off at local food pantries.

  • Column: Lies and lawyer tricks marked Senate’s fight over Kavanaugh

    In response to the Oct. 3 guest column by Christine Taylor, I offer the following rebuttal.
    On her point that Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser has no reason to lie about him, I believe there are several.
    George Soros has offered a substantial reward for the defeat of Judge Kavanaugh. And the political left is desperate to show its base that it is accomplishing something, since President Obama did not accomplish anything positive in eight years.
    President Trump has accomplished more good things in two years than Obama in eight.

  • Column: Lawmakers kill governor’s budget vetoes of pet projects

    Hugh Leatherman, the S.C. Senate’s president pro tem, appeared relaxed and confident before last week’s votes, at one point smiling and giving a thumbs up.
    Leatherman, R-Florence, didn’t make any long speeches in asking his Senate colleagues to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s vetoes of parts of a state budget proviso directing $7.1 million to Francis Marion University.