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Column: Assessing leadership on GOP debate stage

I would like to present an observation from the Republican debates. I was watching to see who exhibited the qualities of a leader that I admire, and during one debate something came out that I remembered from my childhood.


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Column: Mentoring: An essential investment in tomorrow

When you were a child or young adult, was there someone in your life—a teacher, neighbor, relative, coach, friend or boss—who encouraged you, showed you the ropes, and helped you become who you are today.  That person was a mentor to you.


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Column: Helms seeks another term as treasurer

After five years as your county treasurer, I have decided to seek another term so I can continue working to put Lancaster County taxpayers first. Since I first took office in January 2011, I have been hard at work making sure county taxpayers have gotten the absolute best in customer service.
Since taking office, I have been a hands-on public official. If you come to the Treasurer’s Office, you will usually find me there, working alongside my employees.


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Column: 1,300 churches join gun debate

The mental images of churches and guns are about as incongruous as possible. Churches are quiet, reverent places of worship. They are places of peace, healing and comfort. Guns are loud, sudden and violent. They are about blood, pain and death.
They exist in two different realms.
Add to this the idea that S.C. churches and synagogues would get involved in nitty gritty politics – that they would delve into lobbying and legislative deal making – well, that’s more than many of us can fathom.


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Column: Barbara Ann Howze, Hopewell UMC saved Buford Battleground

There are those of us in the Buford area who are extremely pleased that the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust will be partnering with a national battleground preservation group and the Katawba Valley Land Trust to preserve the Buford Battleground site for future generations.


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Column: John Howard’s decades of service make him most qualified candidate

When I first heard about the untimely death of Joe Shaw, mayor of Lancaster for 33 years, I started reflecting on his many years of service and what he meant to Lancaster city government. He was always available to listen to your complaints, concerns and suggestions, no matter the situation. His dedication and desire to be the best servant of the citizens of Lancaster and act accordingly is what I believe most residents will miss.


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Column: Debunking the Hillary myth

The myth that is Hillary Clinton defies explanation other than she is the elite candidate of the elites, who can see no fault in her primarily because they refuse to see the truth.
Her record is one of mediocre performance and massive failure, and yet her supporters see only that she is just what America needs.


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Column: Think ‘glocally’ to connect us to world issues

A few years ago my company did some work for the city and mayor of Barcelona, Spain, developing innovative Internet and new technology strategies.
Both the city and the mayor were wonderful. I thought about them today when I read an article in my local newspaper about plastics in the ocean globally – and in Charleston.


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Column: This election, let’s finally pick a leader

I am reminded of a story about Capt. William Swenson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on Sept. 8, 2009.  
On that day, American and Afghan troops were making their way through a part of Afghanistan to help protect a group of government/Afghan officials, who would be meeting with local village elders. They came under ambush, and were surrounded on three sides.


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Column: Registering journalists a laughable proposal

I had more fun responding to inquiries about S.C. Rep. Mike Pitts’ journalist-registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press.
A client called and asked what the response to the bill should be. I responded, “laughter.”
Unfortunately, many news organizations groaned and harrumphed like the sea lions on the beach in front of William Randolph Hearst’s castle in California. A reaction I suspect Pitts desired.


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