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Columns

  • Column: VTIL’s case all glittering generalities

    I’m a New Jersey native who retired and moved to Indian Land in 2014.
    After looking in York, Union and Mecklenburg counties, I finally decided on settling here in Indian Land. I found a thriving community with all the services my family needed, but less government and taxes than the other three counties offered.  

  • Column: Culture, not salary, retains good teachers

    I read the S.C. Education Department’s “Committee on Educator Recruitment and Retention Recommendations” with great interest when it was released Dec. 31.
    The first school district to retain the services of my company, E Squared, to help them recruit teachers was in South Carolina, and I’ve worked with about 15 districts across the state, large and small, though never with Lancaster County.

  • Column: Carnes: VTIL understating town’s property-tax burden

    As an elected official, I have tried to maintain neutrality in my comments about Indian Land incorporation. To incorporate or to not incorporate is an issue that needs to be decided by the voters within the proposed incorporation area.  
    However, I do feel that the information presented to the public needs to be accurate. In conversations with Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL) members going back to 2015, I have pointed out that the budget needed to be realistic and information needs to be presented accurately.

  • Column: Book shows role of press in S.C. civil rights struggle

    If 2017 is bookmarked in history, it will be as the year of reassessment.
    During the year we’ve been urged to reassess the meaning of sexual harassment. We’ve been urged to reassess what is “normal” conduct for a president of the United States. And, sometimes with violence, we’ve been confronted with a reassessment of those who are honored by statues and monuments in public places.

  • Column: Girls on the Run teams up with Sims Foundation in local schools

    Girls on the Run Tri County is working with the J. Marion Sims Foundation to expand its middle-school program, Heart and Sole, in Lancaster County Schools.
    Heart and Sole is Girls on the Run’s program that meets the unique needs of girls in sixth to eighth grade. The program addresses the whole girl – body, brain, heart, spirit and social – in a positive space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, develop empathy and strengthen connections with their peers and coaches.

  • Essay: Abolish poverty, violence, hatred

    The world isn’t a perfect place. It has poverty, pollution, violence, and the list continues.
    I have a dream to better the world that we live in. Like the great Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream to have racial equality, I have a dream to help the world and its people.
    I want to make it known to everyone that we can all do better at making the world safer and cleaner. l want to let people know that we can get rid of poverty, violence and hatred in the world to become at peace with one another.

  • Essay: Keep progressing, even with small steps

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that,” said Martin Luther King Jr. “I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great of a burden to bear.”
    For many years, our nation has lacked peace and unity. From war to segregation to this present time, Dr. King’s dream sometimes seems to become a nightmare.
    As we stand collectively in the midst of controversy and challenge, it often seems the dream of unity and peace has been forgotten.

  • Column: For Sun City folks like me, incorporating has no upside

    Last Tuesday night, I attended a presentation in Sun City by the pro-incorporation group and those who don’t support this incorporation effort.
    After listening closely to both presentations, I am convinced that incorporation is not the best option for us.

  • Column: Prefiled bills include oddities

    The S.C. legislative session started Tuesday, and a common theme in our recent state governance is that much of the legislation that’s proposed would do more harm than good.
    Unfortunately, if recently prefiled legislation (bills filed in advance for the upcoming year) is any indication, 2018 will be more of the same.
    While some proposals seem well thought out, others simply lack all signs of common sense. Here is a quick rundown of some of the more ridiculous prefile bills from the House alone.

  • Column: Library adapts as your needs keep changing

    What is it that makes Lancaster unique? What are our identifiers? How can we incorporate those into your 21st century public library system?
    It’s all about the citizens who live here – every single one. A library is democracy in action. No one person’s needs supersede another’s.
    A new baby goes home from the hospital with a free board book from the library’s Born to Read program. A retiree can find a comfortable chair and enjoy The Charlotte Observer (print version) for free. Microfilm of The Lancaster News dates back to 1905.