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Columns

  • Guest Column: Navigating utility crisis is key to S.C. energy future

    Two years ago, South Carolina received the worst financial news in its history.
    Santee Cooper and its partner SCE&G were abandoning construction of two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, leaving the utilities $4 billion and $5 billion in debt, respectively.
    For most of the following two years, the utilities battled their critics who opposed ratepayers being made to pay any of the nuclear debt. Most believe the debacle resulted from the utilities’ poor management decisions, public deceit and possible criminal behavior.

  • Guest Column: Trump’s rants convince me he is a racist

    Generally, successful protests for changes in government policies come from the bottom. Citizens gain strength through a groundswell of protests that finally convince Congress to change course.  

  • Guest Column: Least-noticed part of law enforcement – incarceration

    Much of what the public sees of the criminal justice system is from news and television programs that show the front end – the arrests and investigations by law enforcement – and the back end – the courtrooms and trials.

  • Column: More memories of Lancaster mill pool

    A couple of months ago, The Lancaster News Editor Brian Melton wrote an interesting personal perspective article about the Springs Lancaster Plant, in which he mentioned fond memories of the mill pool.
    I want to share my own quick memory of the mill pool, and, more importantly, tell you about a part of the pool that is still around.
    As a boy, I lived on Fickling Drive, across from what is now Sambo’s 903 Drive In.

  • Guest Column: Can anti-trust law save newspapers?

    Federal and state anti-trust laws date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, way before the emergence of the modern internet-fueled economy. But increasingly these old laws and concepts are being seen as the means of limiting the influence of the dominant internet platforms, and perhaps of helping print media, particularly newspapers, remain viable.

  • Guest Column: Did lawmakers violate law with DOT Commission suggestions?

    An Upstate legislative delegation might have skirted the state’s open-meetings law last year by privately recommending candidates for a Department of Transportation Commission seat to the governor, The Nerve found in a review.
    In interviews in mid-July, Greenville County GOP Reps. Mike Burns and Garry Smith said the Greenville and Spartanburg county legislative delegations each sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster supporting a different candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat now held by Woodrow “Woody” Willard.

  • Guest Column: FOIA violations in USC presidential search

    Well, this is a fine kettle of fish.
    The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees appears to be bowing to political pressure to hire a new president who was previously rejected at the end of a search that cost about $200,000 and didn’t produce a candidate who could get enough votes to be selected.

  • Norman: Why I voted against extending 9/11 victim fund for 70 years

    H.R. 1327 was the wrong way to do the right thing.
    The bill, titled Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act of 2019, passed the House by a 402-12 vote July 12, sending it to the Senate for further consideration.
    I was one of the no votes, and I want you to understand my reasoning.

  • Guest Column: Is my house going to explode?

    Editor’s note: A house in the Ballantyne community of southern Mecklenburg County exploded July 2, killing one owner and injuring another. The Charlotte Fire Department reported that a natural gas leak was the likely cause.

    With the recent events in the area to the north of Lancaster County, we have seen an increase in calls for the smell of gas, checks on alarm systems, and possible gas leaks over the past few weeks.

  • Guest Column: Treasurer’s office staffing IL service center monthly

    Foot traffic in our office at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center has been light, so I’m writing to remind residents about our monthly office hours there and our commitment to serving the taxpayers in the most efficient way.
    Part of keeping the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office taxpayer-friendly is coming up with new choices for improved customer service.