• Warner Column: S.C. must get more corporate HQs, because manufacturing isn’t enough

    Proterra Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles. In 2011 we were excited when Proterra announced it was moving its corporate headquarters and manufacturing to South Carolina.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • To see light of day, remove fog

    I love keeping up with Israel news, this being a country that has played such an integral part in world history, and will continue to be a major part in the history to be written.

    A rare dust storm covered Israel in September, the worst ever recorded. It lasted four days instead of the usual 24 hours. High temperatures led to record electric-usage demands, and air pollution levels were the worst in the country’s history, reaching 173 times higher than average. Was this a sign of the times, or are we at the end-of-the-age calendar doomsday clock?