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Columns

  • Column: How about controlling ammunition?

    The Second Amendment and gun control. These two topics make big headlines every time there is a mass shooting.
    Murder, rape, abuse and robbery involving guns and other weapons are the staple of our daily local news broadcasts. After the massacre in a Florida school, I could no longer resist expressing my feelings.
    I know what it feels like to lose a loved one. I lost my wife to cancer. The loss of a child must be even more devastating.

  • Column: So much good has come from AJMS setback

    Our students and staff walked into a shiny, refurbished Andrew Jackson Middle School on Tuesday – a school thoroughly scrubbed, with new paint, new ceiling tiles and a like-new cafeteria.
    They even used a new entrance from U.S. 521 and a car-stacking loop – safer for parents and students as they wait to unload because now there’s enough room to get off 521 as they wait.

  • Column: Lancaster ‘conversation’ event will focus on civility, listening

    Community transformation starts when we are all communicating with one another and have a shared commitment to work together for the long haul. But in today’s society, where even our social media has become polarized, it can be harder to meet across the divides of ideology and partisanship.
    The National Week of Conversation, taking place all across the country from April 20-28, is a time for people from many different backgrounds and perspectives to come together and spend time in conversation with those who may have different views than themselves.

  • Column: Thank you, Mrs. Bush, for caring

    Editor’s note: Tom Rosshirt, a national security speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and a foreign affairs spokesman for Vice President Al Gore, wrote this column about Barbara Bush in 2012. The former first lady died Tuesday at 92.

    My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston.

  • Senate update: Nuke debacle and a lot more

    The General Assembly is like the weather in that it rarely remains tranquil. Whether self-induced, or unrelated to our actions, something always stirs the place up.
    This session it’s the cessation of construction at the Jenkinsville nuclear reactors meant to power South Carolina for the next generation. The plug was pulled due to myriad problems, including the bankruptcy of the contractor, Westinghouse. What’s left is $9 billion in debt and a lot of questions.

  • 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.