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Noble Column: S.C. needs to do more about domestic violence

We’re number 1!
This is the glorious chant of Clemson football fans these days. They deserve it, and all of us in the state ought to be proud of them.
(Full disclosure: My wife, son and daughter are all proud USC alums. They bleed garnet – so I’m all too aware that not everyone in South Carolina is proud of Clemson. Fair enough.)


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Don’t let flood force automatic tax hike

We saw it coming, of course. But honestly, I didn’t think it would happen so fast.
No, no. I’m not talking about the Cubs tanking (It’s 2016, people – that’s our year!). I’m referring to how quickly politicians and government officials went from lip-service compassion for flood victims to calling for a massive tax increase to “fix” the problem.


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Duty to citizens comes first

When President Obama says we have Isis contained, he should say we have Isis right where it wants to be. Its members are building a caliphate, not a nation, a theocratic area of control whose borders can and will fluctuate.


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Sideline report on the political game

The workings of a legislature can appear mysterious to those watching in person or at home. While the minutia of political issues is sometimes described as “inside baseball”, the game more closely resembles a defensive struggle in football. Taking that analogy further, one could characterize the four main issues the S.C. Senate dealt with this year as resulting in a touchdown, a field goal, a punt and an overtime period no one saw coming. Here I’ll break down those issues and tell you my position on each, along with what resulted.


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Barry Faile, Bryant Fersner

County churches invited to sheriff’s security seminar

For the Christian, our eternal security is in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. It is God’s will for each one of us to have this assurance.


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Cecelia Brown

Why legislative session should be much shorter

Editorialists and commentators have chastised the South Carolina Legislature relentlessly for failing to get anything done during the 2015 session. In fact, though, they did plenty of work.

This year our Legislature met from January to July, and during that time 1,336 bills were filed between the House and Senate. Of those, lawmakers passed 131. In addition, 950 resolutions were filed, and all but 64 of those passed.

The question, of course, is this: How many of these were actually worth legislators spending over half a year in Columbia?


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Brooks Walker

We’re all guilty of parsing words

Lies and deception. We say it’s wrong, so why do we do it? Seth Slater, a professor of creative writing, did a paper on the subject of lying and made some interesting points to answer this question of why.

He first suggests that we justify lying by saying things like lying gets us out of awkward situations, spares the feelings of others, enhances our social standing, keeps us out of trouble and can even save our lives.


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Josh Pauling

LHS students respond to immigration debate

My AP U.S. history students at Lancaster High School have read with interest the two guest columns in The Lancaster News regarding immigration from Oct. 21 and 28.


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Phil Noble

Ken Burger: Everyone has a story

Ken Burger died Oct. 20. He was the most interesting, special and unique son of South Carolina that I have ever known. Period.

If that sounds like graveside hyperbole, consider his one-sentence bio: Born and raised in Allendale, Burger graduated dead last in his class at the University of Georgia, has been married five times, is a grateful recovering alcoholic, a cancer survivor and a happy man.

Journalist Ken was a stickler for the facts, so I’ll correct one and add a few. He did not survive cancer, and his one-line bio does not do him justice.


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Shane McNamee

Eminent domain: A new threat to property rights

Last month, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee met to discuss and take testimony on S.868, a bill that would grant the power of eminent domain to a company constructing any kind of pipeline. Eminent domain, remember, is a power held by governments – not private companies – to expropriate private property for public use.


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