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Columns

  • Pay attention to the details in this legislative session

    With a new session that began Jan. 13, the opportunities for positive reforms to our system of governance, tax structure and personal freedoms should be plentiful.

    And while there are some strong reforms on the table this year, it’s the weak refoms – and even some measures that would take us backward – that will likely take center stage if citizens don’t keep a watchful eye on their lawmakers.

  • ‘Someone needs to go to jail’ for the $130 million scandal

    These were the words of outrage of freshman S.C. Legislator Cezar McKnight when discussing the scandal of the $123 million in fines the state has paid for its 25-year failure to comply with federal law with regard to deadbeat dads.

    The question is, can this young reformer do something about this, or will politics as usual in South Carolina prevail?

    First the legislator and then then scandal.

  • Why should IL residents pay more for deputies?

    I read with interest the story in the The Lancaster News about Sheriff Barry Faile’s proposal for a fee district for Indian Land to fund more deputies here.

    I have some questions:

    Why would we levy a fee on just Indian Land, and not shift the existing deputies more? The article states that the city of Lancaster has “a little over 10,000 people over six miles, with more than 38 sworn officers.”

  • Pay attention to details in this legislative session

    With a new session that began Tuesday, Jan. 13, the opportunities for positive reforms to our system of governance, tax structure and personal freedoms should be

    plentiful.

    And while there are some strong reforms on the table this year, it’s the weak refoms – and even some measures that would take us backward – that will likely take center stage if citizens don’t keep a watchful eye on their lawmakers.

  • Tips for finding the right school for your child

    If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options.

    As South Carolina prepares to commemorate National School Choice Week this month at 120 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children.

  • At age 4, I wasn’t ready to have a craving thrown on me

    People often question why I never mention my brothers and sisters by name in my column. My sister Martha, an English major with a master’s, proofs what I write and has the authority to remove names to protect the guilty.

    It could be because I served three years in the pen and then a year’s probation on a work farm learning various trades. At age 4, I was paroled to be a free-range farm child. I would have preferred to serve more time in the pen, but my younger sister was born Feb. 25, just eight days before my third birthday.

  • Terrorists don’t fight fair; so why should we?

    It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of the greatest political experiment our planet has ever experienced.

    America is fading into an historical footnote.

    The past six years have shown a division within our government that only seems to widen on a daily basis. The constant infighting within our political arena has become tiresome and now reached critical mass.

  • Soils of earth also represent various people

    According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, on a day when many people from many cities in Galilee gathered to hear Jesus speak, he taught them the parable of the sower and his seed.

    In those days, a farmer tied a bag of seed around his neck and then walked through his plowed fields scattering seed with his hand.

  • Obama opens himself up for criticisms

    Anyone who is familiar with my writings/ranting, knows that I have been critical of President Barack Obama.

    I do not apologize for my criticisms, because I feel they are justified. President Obama opens himself up for criticism through his behavior, and more often, his speech.

  • Free speech does not exist in Islam

    I recently saw another “Coexist” bumper sticker. The car had an Obama/Biden sticker, also. The news from France and around the world proves that Muslims do not believe, teach or practice this motto.

    The driver of that car has deceived herself by any attempt to believe that motto. That person has placed herself at a severe disadvantage with the Muslims. She believes something that is not true and will not happen. It is the feeling that matters.