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Columns

  • Column: ‘Right wing nut’? I actually prefer conservative kook

    I noticed two letters in Wednesday’s paper responding to one of my columns, and I wanted to share these thoughts with my critics.
    Neil Couch and Jim McManus take exception to my opinion, and I would just like to say that that is really all right. I even encourage them to continue. What I felt from them was both dislike and disagreement.

  • Column: New evidence that S.C. is changing

    In sports, the Gamecocks wear garnet and black, and Clemson wears orange and purple. In politics, South Carolina is red and deep red.
    These are self-evident truths. Things that just are.
    While the garnet and orange will probably last until the Second Coming, the red in South Carolina politics is changing – and changing faster than most folks think.

  • Column: Now’s the time to help lawns recover from summer stress

    As summer fades into fall, it’s time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.

    Keep mowing your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool-season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass, and you want it 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches tall. Warm-season grasses like Bermuda, carpetgrass, centipede and zoysia should be grown at 1 to 2 inches tall while St. Augustine should a bit higher, 2 to 3 inches, for best results.

  • Column: I’m grateful to 3 officers for help in bad situation

    I would like to thank Sgt. Jeremy Lear with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, who was called to my home for a situation. All I can say is you are amazing, and I am grateful for you! Thank you for taking the time to listen and carefully make your decision for the wellbeing of the child.
    I will forever say God sent the right sergeant to my house that day. Sgt. Lear, you have a new friend.

  • Column: To improve society’s perceptions, we must fix destructive behaviors

    I tend to agree with Rudy Schmidt’s statement in Friday’s Lancaster News that “perception is subjective truth, not objective truth.”
    I do not propose to speak for Police Chief Harlean Carter when she was quoted as saying that “perception is reality.” Yet, I inferred her statement to mean that what one perceives becomes reality to him or her even though this perception may – or may not be – based on objective truth. If my inference of her meaning is correct, then I also agree with her.

  • Column: Trump’s behavior problems are way too big to set aside

    In a letter to the editor last Friday, Paul Lloret said that Donald Trump’s message resonates with a large number of Americans, so we shouldn’t be upset over his behavior problems and should “consider the source” of the criticism.
    While the resonating part may be true, I wholeheartedly disagree with the second bit.
    Criticism of Trump’s behavior isn’t coming only from other politicians. It’s coming from your neighbors as well.

  • Column: Remembering Harry Briggs Jr., S.C. child who stood for many

    We were sad to hear about last week’s passing of Harry Briggs Jr.
    In the late 1940s, when Harry was in elementary school in Clarendon County, his parents, Harry Briggs Sr. and Eliza Gamble Briggs, thought it was unfair that Harry Jr. and the other black children didn’t have a school bus like the white children did. So Harry Sr. and Eliza joined with other black parents and brought a lawsuit, represented by Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and local lawyer Harold Boulware.

  • Column: What does an average Medicare enrollee pay?

    Many people have a misconception that Medicare is free healthcare coverage for when they reach age 65.

    That is far from the truth.

    This column spells out some of the common costs that are associated with Medicare, to show future Medicare recipients what they might expect when they enroll. For a more detailed explanation of each of these parts of the program, visit Medicare.gov.

  • Column: Community of faculty, students convenes for USCL’s 58th year

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster will launch its 58th academic year Aug. 18, and our students and faculty are converging on campus this week excited about the intellectual journey ahead for all of us.
    Many Lancaster faculty members spent an interesting summer focused on scholarship, research and service on our campus, across our community and nation, even around the world.

  • Column: Listen as Clinton parses words on Comey’s e-mail testimony

    At a hearing in early July, members of Congress asked FBI Director James Comey why he had not recommended indicting Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information in her e-mails.
    Comey said he didn’t believe Clinton’s reckless, negligent handling of e-mails – his description – rose to the level of lawbreaking. He was asked if Clinton had lied to the FBI during its investigation, which would have been a federal crime in itself. No, he said.