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Columns

  • Set up real worker visitor program for immigrants

    Compassion is feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others; uninformed means not having or showing awareness or understanding of the facts and ignorant equates to lacking knowledge, information or awareness about something in particular.

    These three words are at the heart of the immigration debate. People scream compassion for immigrants and reveal their status of being uniformed and ignorant of the issue. America is not the pot of gold or Land of Oz where the wizard grants all wishes.

  • Our God is unchangeable

    The Bible declares that one of God’s attributes is his unchangeableness.

    He described himself to Moses as the “I am,” meaning he is eternally the same. In the book of  Malachi, God declared “I am the Lord, I change not.” In the Psalms, it is declared that the earth and the heavens, which God created, shall someday perish like an old garment, but God will endure: “Thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end” (Psalm 102:27).

  • Slavery still exists here today

    What a shocking headline, but our Attorney General Alan Wilson says it’s true – and he’s right. Slavery today is not black folks standing on the auction block in the city square. Its modern day equivalent is called “human trafficking” – for the sex trade, enforced labor and especially exploitation of children.

  • West column: Our County Council needs to do its job

    Lancaster County Council asked us for help in deciding whether to keep the extra 1 cent sales tax and, if so, how to spend it. Wonderful idea and we did just that. Then they chose to turn all this information over to the tax commissioners to sift through and make a recommendation. That was great. Things were moving along smoothly.

  • Rogers column: Court’s autopsy ruling trumps accountability

    For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.
    On July 16, the court ruled that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.
    Why does this matter to the public?
    It matters because the next time police shoot an innocent man, don’t expect the public to have access to the autopsy report giving the details of the death.

  • Carnes column: County budget: What’s in final version, what wasn’t

    In last month’s column, I talked about the county budget process. The budget was given final approval upon third reading of the budget ordinance June 23 by a unanimous vote of Lancaster County Council.
    This month’s column will highlight what was in the budget and discuss some of the items that were not in the budget.

  • Lage column: County needs vocational schools

    I’d like to discuss some issues that are causing new businesses not to want to locate here. Lancaster is having trouble producing enough skilled workers to fill needs of prospective businesses and companies. I’m talking welders, HVAC technicians, machine operators, etc.
    So, what are some answers that will address this problem?

  • Noble column: S.C. motto: ‘While I breathe I hope’ – really?

    South Carolina’s motto, “While I breathe I hope,” is surely the most optimistic statement anyone can make. Despite all, if we can draw a breath, we are hopeful and optimistic.

  • Miller column: There’s no room for renegades

    Why does the world continue to cater to the ultimate spoiled child?
    When a child with homicidal tendencies acts out, he or she is usually put away somewhere safe, for the good of everyone.
    What happens when this spoiled child is the renegade, insane leader of a nuclear power? What happens when this monster kills his own, openly and without remorse, just to show the world he can?
    Is there any question who I am referring to?

  • Republicans dominate at ballot box

    Lancaster County Republicans have much to be proud of in the recent Republican primary elections.

    The strong turnout in the June 10 election provided more proof of the county’s growing embrace of the Republican Party, as roughly four times as many voters chose to vote in the Republican primary (4,472-952) than the Democratic primary. It is a telling sign that in a stronghold of Democrats like Jim Hodges and the late Tom Mangum when a Republican Party primary has a four-to-one advantage over the Democratic primary.