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Columns

  • Column: FBI, DOJ now top weapons of the ‘deep state’ Trump bashers

    In the early 1970s, political operatives disguised as delivery men broke into a D.C. office to steal information. This break-in was to get information on the political opposition.
    We now know this event as Watergate. The media reported on the break-in as the crime, not the information that was gathered.

  • Column: Cyber-harassment victims need protection, not blame

    This is a response to Dianne T. Evans’ March 25 guest column “Foolish stupidity! Do NOT transmit your nude photos!” She was reacting to Rep. Mandy Powers-Norrell’s proposed legislation banning revenge porn.
    The world has changed. Our children and grandchildren communicate differently than we did in the past.
    We don’t approve of it, obviously, but what consenting adults do on the internet, or through texting, should not be exploited by one party to publicly embarrass and humiliate another person for revenge.

  • Column: Expanding our healthy community focus at Sims

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation was created from the sale of Springs Memorial Hospital in 1995, with a goal of reinvesting those assets into the community to increase the health and wellness of our region. Today, as in those early days, we continue to focus on the goal of creating and sustaining a healthy community for all people. We believe that building a healthy community is a goal shared by many, so we asked for your input.

    In 2016, we asked you to tell us what a healthy community looks like to you.

  • Column: Bad-haircut Benghazi partisan is washing his hands of politics

    You may know Trey Gowdy as the man with the most notorious haircut in Congress, but he also has wonderful, self-deprecating sense of humor.
    There was his 2016 campaign ad set in a barber shop, trumpeting his conservative credentials while poking fun at his series of bad hair days. The tagline: “Trey Gowdy: Consistent Conservative, Inconsistent Haircuts.”
    All of this is in stark contrast to the role the Greenville Republican played during the Benghazi hearings.

  • Column: Let’s thank those who answer our most desperate phone calls

    Lancaster County’s telecommunication officers serve as the lifeline between citizens in need and the public safety agencies that can help them.
    Each year, the public safety TCOs at Lancaster County Public Safety Communications handle about 200,000 phone calls, including about 50,000 to 911. Every day, hundreds of people depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of the TCOs who work in public safety communications.

  • Column: Kershaw playground back, better than ever

    Since April 2017, children have stood outside the orange construction fencing at Stevens Park’s Haile Gold Mine Playground and looked forlornly at the swings and tunnels and climbing walls and rope ladders beckoning them to play.
    The “Park Closed” signs starkly declared that play would have to wait.

  • Column: Teens, know what you’re risking as you push gas pedal to the floor

    I pray that one child will be saved by my son Billy Dale’s story.
    Look at him at age 17, just before he wrecked 2 miles from our home driving 85 mph. Now look at him at 46.
    A picture really is worth a thousand words. Please show these photos to your teenage drivers.
    I kept Billy Dale at home for 23½ years after the accident. Then he went to a nursing home six years ago, because I was getting old and had back problems and couldn’t take care of him by myself anymore.

  • Column: S.C. officials quietly buy Ted Turner’s island retreat

    South Carolina’s tourism department for months kept secret from the public its plans to buy an island owned by billionaire Ted Turner for what the agency director touts will be a “premium experience” for tourists.
    Beaufort County and school district officials joined in the secrecy surrounding the taxpayer-funded, approximately $5 million purchase of the 4,680-acre St. Phillips Island – owned for decades by media mogul Turner and located along the county’s Atlantic coast, about a 15-minute boat ride from Hunting Island State Park.

  • Column: Fun and games, plus advice on making good decisions

    We live in a world that seems to have lost manners, respect and optimism. Everywhere we turn, it’s as if someone is complaining, and the proverbial glass is always half empty.
    Young people today are especially denounced. Yet how often do we get to actually spend time with our youth?
    On March 24, a broad range of young people of all races, ages and schools attended a Youth Block Party at Lancaster High School. If you are age 15 to 25 and did not attend, ask around and you will most certainly want to be present for the next one.

  • Commentary: Scott, Gowdy examine their friendship, the need for unity

    Editor’s note: Rep. Trey Gowdy, who grew up in an affluent white family, and Sen. Tim Scott, who is black and grew up in a poor, single-parent home, view their friendship as an unlikely one. The S.C. Republican members of Congress appeared Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” to talk about their new book, “Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country.” Here are excerpts of their interview with host Margaret Brennan.