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  • Library democracy in action

    Bill Moyers has said, “When a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.”

    Your public library is democracy in action. The tiniest child is as important as the most generous benefactor. The Lancaster County Library provides everything from free downloadable titles to gift books for newborns.

  • Two smiling women get the best of me

    Well sir, my new motto of “being friendly” works, but doesn’t always work out like I hope.

    I was shopping on the “International Foods” aisle down at the neighborhood United Nations the other day. You know, that place that stocks stuff that comes from everywhere.

    With a little time on my hands, I picked up a bag of tortilla chips, pondering if I should get ’em, mostly ’cause they were marked for only $2.

    I noticed a lady standing nearby, so I grinned and waved to her.

  • Search is on for autism breakthrough

    In early May, thousands of people turned out at Finlay Park in Columbia for “Strides for Autism,” a fundraising walk to raise support for the S.C. Autism Society. And about a month earlier, a similar event at Heritage Park in Simpsonville saw an impressive turnout.

    It was heartening, but not surprising, to see those events so well-attended. Over the years, as I’ve met and spoken with families affected by autism, I’ve been moved by how strongly they support each other and rally around a shared cause.

  • Time to free S.C.’s energy market

    In South Carolina – as in most other states – regulation has almost completely divorced the energy sector from the free market. Private energy providers must register with the state as public utilities.

    Once registered, the state helps enforce a monopoly territory where only one utility may provide power. Regulators determine the prices energy providers can charge. All of this regulation, we’re told, is in the best interest of all parties: It keeps prices down and prevents rapacious monopolies.

    Only it doesn’t.

  • I’m proud that Erin’s Law became a reality

    Although I have always been keenly aware that no legislator can accomplish anything alone, that point was underscored in the final days of this session. I owe a great debt of gratitude to our community for your help in passing a new law that will be vitally important to our children.

  • Gold Award valuable tool for girls

    What’s a Gold Award? In the past year, I have encountered this question countless times. As a Girl Scout, the Gold Award is the gold standard. But very few people know what it is or if brought up in passing conversation, the organization with which it is associated.

    However, if you mention its equivalent, the Eagle Scout Award, the Boy Scouts of America immediately springs to mind.

  • How widespread is corruption in South Carolina?

    After six years of peeling back layers of our corrupt state government, nothing should surprise us. And yet Judge Casey Manning’s ruling was still a shock – it didn’t seem possible for a judge to shut down a grand jury investigation into alleged corruption by the speaker of the house and argue that Bobby Harrell’s staff and colleagues on the House Ethics Committee must first decide if he had committed a crime.

    But it happened.

  • Red Rose girls, best in the world

    Every day on social media, I see posts bemoaning our young people and the future. It’s easy to join in and criticize a different generation. However, the majority of the young people I know are pretty remarkable. And there are two prime examples calling the Red Rose City home of whom I am extremely proud.

    Both Paige Duke and Julie Roberts found success nationally. Both faced adversity that could have ruined their careers, but each one has emerged victorious.

    Duke two-time victim

  • Believers are supposed to fulfill civic duties

    As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, let us remember our responsibilities to government and its responsibilities to us.

    The Bible teaches that believers are to be law-abiding citizens; they are to “be subject unto the higher powers,” because “the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1).  Joseph traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth to obey the Roman government’s decree that a census be taken.

  • County Council’s dispute with Tunnell personal

    I attended the special Lancaster County Council meeting about the I-77 Alliance snub. I sat in the back. I was a little late and couldn’t get my name on the list to speak.

    So, I figured I would stay for the meeting. I couldn’t believe what I heard and witnessed. This whole issue is personal, it has nothing to do with any law-breaking or violation of any ordinance. The action taken by the council to freeze Lancaster County Economic Corp. (LCEDC) budget, in my opinion, is an abuse of power.