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Brooks Walker

Is our country making any progress?

In 1972, 42 states had laws in their constitution that forbid the killing of children in the womb – 42 sates out of 50. At the time that would have been the representative voice of about 220 million people.

However nine judges decided that this majority, or preponderance of voices, should not and would not be heard as they ruled that women may kill their unborn child. So much for majority rule and democracy.


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Walt Collins

USCL provides an ‘educational awakening’

Late last year, the University of South Carolina Lancaster archivist posted on the USCL Facebook page a 1963 clipping from The Lancaster News.

Mrs. T.W. Boyce urged the citizens of Lancaster to support the continued growth of the four-year-old extension of USCL by donating money for the construction of Hubbard Hall.


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Richard Eckstrom

Making the case for low taxes

They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.” They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they’ve secured public funding.

But all too often, politicians forget to thank the people who made it possible – the taxpayers.


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The Rev. AnThony Pelham

Pelham: Hire candidates with highest qualifications

Many of you may know that recently the Lancaster County School District filled another top-level position entitled director of secondary education.

What many of you may not know is that of the three finalists interviewed for this top-level position two were minority females, who I think had more qualifications than the person selected for the position.


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Bruce Miller

‘Stupid is as stupid does’

Is there anyone who does not recognize this brilliant comment from the movie “Forest Gump?”

I’m sure that the scriptwriters who penned this statement never imagined how mainstream this observation on life would become.

The year is 2014. It is again time for a mid-term election. Is there any doubt as to the outcome of this exercise in futility?


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Just fixing the court backlog is not enough

In about 90 days, the people of Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties will go to the polls to elect a new circuit solicitor, known as a district attorney in other areas.

Much will be made of the backlog of pending criminal cases in our circuit during the solicitor’s election and it is, of course, a tremendous issue, particularly in Lancaster County.


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Winston Smith

Overlay designed to slow traffic

If you commute to Charlotte or regularly travel on U.S. 521, you might want to contact members of Lancaster County Council and ask what they are doing.

They passed the Panhandle Highway Corridor Overlay District so they could fix it. Now is the time to fix it.

Often it has been said, the devil is in the details.

“Our goal is by bringing the buildings forward, creating landscaping, it’s going to slow down the traffic,” said the county’s consultant from North Carolina.


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Tips for keeping your cat calm

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The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such disruptive things as summer thunderstorms and road trips.

And unfortunately behavioral issues are the No. 1 reason for euthanasia in dogs and cats, resulting in the death of about 15 million pets each year.


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Rick Brundrett

Director: ‘destroyed’ letter not related to new media policy

Nearly eight months after a “destroyed” State Ethics Commission letter was provided to The Nerve, the longtime director of the state ethics-watchdog agency still won’t explain how the letter exists despite his earlier statements to the contrary.

But in a written response July 18 to The Nerve, Herb Hayden said a pending lawsuit against him and the Ethics Commission in connection with the letter in question has nothing to do with a new media policy announced at a recent commission meeting.


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Dillon Jones

Beware Common Core lite in S.C.

On several recent occasions you may have heard pundits or public officials claim that South Carolina has gotten rid of Common Core.

The implication is that the state has retaken power from the federal government over education policy. There’s some truth in that, and it’s certainly encouraging to see some state officials moving in that direction, but to claim South Carolina has regained sovereignty over its academic standards would be – unfortunately – far from the truth.


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