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Columns

  • Hansen column: Why must disagreement become us-vs.-them battle?

    Two parents sat, discussing the best way to teach their son about money.
    The mother wanted to give the son an allowance each month so that he would learn the consequences of saving and spending. She wanted him to do chores, but not to be financially compensated.
    “Chores are his duty as a member of this family,” she said.
    The father understood this point of view, but disagreed. He thought their son should earn his money for the chores that he completed.

  • Catoe letter: Born this way and glad to have employer who welcomes all

    I’ll never forget her storming into Starbucks, dripping wet from the rain.
    She had just bought two gift cards from me at the drive-through window. I had taken extra time to gather several different gift cards to offer her a good selection to pick from.
    She marched to the front register asking for a refund. I asked as I passed by what was wrong. She said, “I don’t need them anymore.”

  • Rogers column: Follow rules for safe, legal outdoor burning

    Some of us really enjoy rural living, while others enjoy being close to their neighbors.
    Lancaster County has changed so much, but some things remain the same. Outdoor burning has always been a way of life for many people. Enjoying a cool autumn night by the outdoor fireplace, or raking leaves and picking up dead limbs to burn in a fire pit.
    Outdoor burning can be enjoyable to all if we follow a few simple rules.
    In 2008, Lancaster County adopted a burning ordinance to allow for the safe burning of residential yard debris. It requires only a few things:

  • Wallace column: More research needed on safety of e-cigarettes

    A question that has come up recently regarding American health care is whether e-cigarettes should be available for teenagers.
    A majority of middle school and high school students have access to these devices, and there has been an increase in the use of them over recent years. With a wide range of different types of e-cigarettes, scientists know little about these devices, which have only existed for about 15 years.

  • Ouimet column: Restrict e-cig access to combat teenage vaping

    Since 2011, teen vaping has consistently risen in middle school and substantially increased in high school. According to the National Institutes of Health, a third of high school seniors have used an e-cigarette device.
    Each device contains the same addictive chemical – nicotine – as found in tobacco products. The chemical can be destructive to teenagers who have not fully developed their brains yet. Experiments have shown that nicotine has unpredicted consequences and consequences that have been determined.

  • Morrison column: Elderly need help to guard against abuse and neglect

    As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. 
    Older people are vital, contributing members of American society, and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

  • Bell column: Town of Fort Mill owns YMCA building

    This is a response to the Fort Mill YMCA member whose column appears in this publication.
    As she outlines, we have received several inquiries concerning the water temperature at the Fort Mill YMCA at the Complex. Throughout this process, we have communicated through email with any new information.

  • Grant column: Upper Palmetto YMCA slow to fix pool issue in Fort Mill

    I have been a member of what once was the Springs Recreation Center in Fort Mill, now known as the YMCA at the Complex, since 2010.
    In 2017, we thought we were going to lose the recreation center, and we banded together and did whatever we could to save the facility.
    This center has been more a community center than a sports complex to many people. This is where friends were made, and kept, for many, many years.

  • Norman column: Disabled 1st responders deserve lifetime tax-exempt status

    There are people among us who make sacrifices. People who pay the ultimate price not for prestige, power or glory – but for strangers in need.
    Sometimes, these men and women are found abroad or on our military bases keeping us safe.
    Often, they are found right next door. These are our first responders, our neighborhood heroes who go to work every day with the full knowledge that they might not return home.
    Nationwide in the second half of 2018 alone, nearly 700 first responders were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty.

  • Vogel column: Lancaster County Library motto: It’s all about you

    The printed page is not going away, but 2020’s Lancaster County Library will offer so much more.
    We are entering a period of big changes. After years of planning, it is time for large-scale renovations, paid for by $8 million in sales taxes collected since voters approved the project in 2014.
    The main location on South White Street in Lancaster was built in 1971. Kershaw was refurbished in 1996. Indian Land’s Del Webb is the newest branch, opening its doors in 2009.