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Columns

  • Federal stimulus funds complicate state’s budget

    As the S.C. Senate prepares its version of this year’s budget, the all-consuming issues are the lack of funds and the federal stimulus money.  Here’s a look at what I do - and don’t - know about those topics. 

  • Newcomer mastering Southern speak

    There I was, sitting at a folding table, enjoying a delicious barbecue sandwich, some coleslaw and a pile of baked beans at the recent Elgin Volunteer Fire Department barbecue, when I heard the phrase for the first time.

    “It looks like it’s ’bout to come a cloud,” said my coworker, and our newspaper’s resident wordsmith, Greg Summers.

  • Victory for secret ballot in S.C.

    I never thought in the United States that a victory for the secret ballot would be needed. Turns out, I was wrong.

    Back in February, the fight was on tooth-and-nail to stop a resolution asking our congressmen to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act, which should be better known as the Union Coercion Act. This law, under consideration by Congress, would eliminate an employee’s right to a secret ballot in union-organizing votes.

  • Congratulations to the Indian Land High School wrestling team for an outstanding season.

    Congratulations to the Indian Land High School wrestling team for an outstanding season.

    The team performed under the watchful eye of coach Mike Kersey, who expected nothing less than 100 percent from each young man on the team.

  • Worn jeans symbol of financial abyss

    There could be many metaphors for the current recession, but perhaps none better than recent styles in blue jeans - you know, the ones bought off the rack already shot through with holes? Pre-fatigued jeans best symbolize the mentality that has led us into this financial abyss.

    Prior to this fashion trend, clothes in disrepair became that way because their owners wore them out. In the last decade, though, the trend has been to buy expensive clothes designed to look distressed. (I know of one case in which a roofer was paid $20 by someone for his raggedy UNC ball cap.)

  • Community papers still important

    The community newspaper you hold in your hand plays an important role in your quality of life. Weekly, nondaily and other local publications help strengthen the communities they serve.

    Community newspapers boost the local economy – both through advertising and in news coverage. They showcase community businesses at a time we need to be shopping locally, investing in the community and protecting local jobs. They allow mom and pop businesses to reach their most likely customers.

  • Open government shows respect

    Do you want to know what your government is up to? What it’s doing with your tax dollars? When it will propose a new health care policy? Where it’s sending young men and women to fight? How it’s regulating banks and bailing out the financial industry? Why children in our public schools aren’t performing as well as their counterparts in other countries?

  • Good things, like post office, come to those willing to wait

    Hallelujah! It has been said many times “good things come to those who wait.” Everyone will readily admit Indian Land has grown much larger and faster than most can believe, but yet there are some citizen amenities that are missing and have not kept up with the growth.

  • Mulvaney wants $10 fee dropped from HOA reform

    I’ve been getting a lot of calls and e-mails from folks recently about the proposed Homeowner’s Association Act.

    Since so many people in Indian Land live in subdivisions with homeowner’s associations (HOAs), I thought I’d take this opportunity to bring folks up to speed on this piece of legislation.

    The bill – known by its number, S.30 – proposes to create state regulation of HOAs, which are the kind of mini-governments that exist in most newer subdivisions.

  • LIFT celebrates its fifth birthday

    Feb. 23, 2004, was the day that Learning Institute For Tomorrow (LIFT) opened its doors to the very first students – all 13 of them. It is hard to believe that five years have passed already. This is a significant achievement for any new business, especially a nonprofit.  

    When we began this grand experiment, many people were not sure that such a program would be successful in a rural area.