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Columns

  • Help keep drunken drivers from cranking their ignitions

    On New Year’s Day 2012, Emma Longstreet was going to church with her family at 11 a.m. when a car ran a red light and slammed into their van, instantly killing Emma and critically injuring her mother, father and three brothers.

    After drinking until 5:30 a.m. and sleeping just a few hours that morning, the driver of the car, Billy Patrick Hutto Jr., still had a blood-alcohol concentration of almost 0.2, more than twice the legal limit.

  • IL growth boom worrisome

    I am really concerned about the big growth boom in Indian Land.

    Approved new developments coming include:

    u Queensbridge – 234 apartments and 249 homes on Collins Road

    u Retreat at Rayfield – 383 homes

    u Ansley Park – 36 homes and 130 townhomes on U.S. 521

    u Enclave at Bailes Ridge – 246 apartments on S.C. 160

    u Tree Tops – 800 homes, Van Wyck Road

    u Doby’s Bridge – 145 townhomes

    u Estates of Audubon Lakes – 125 homes at Barberville Road

  • Putin’s takeover akin to Hitler’s?

    Alice in Wonderland may forever give up her looking glass, because nothing in her world makes sense any longer.

    Oh, my! I must be living in Wonderland, because the same thing is happening in my world.

    How do the civilized nations of this world allow the Russian president to do as he pleases and do nothing but shake the proverbial big stick back at him?

    Here is a fictional scenario:

    PUTIN: I am reclaiming Crimea, because ethnic Russians want to come home.

    WORLD: OK, as long as you stop there.

  • Articles bring back cherished memories of Main Street

    I spent a delightful Sunday afternoon revisiting Main Street thanks to Cherry Doster’s and Cole Waddell’s reflections in their articles, “Town used to mean Main Street,” in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News. While looking longingly at the photos (courtesy of Travis Bell), it was once again one of those lovely Saturdays when we went “to town.”

  • Transparency a key to quality government

    Each year, the week that includes March 16 is designated as “Sunshine Week.”

    It’s a time to remind government officials about the laws that govern them, laws that require meetings to be held in the open and public records to be made available to citizens. Sunshine Week aims to advance the idea that government works best when the sun is permitted to shine in.

  • Doing right thing hard in S.C.

    We in South Carolina love our history. As William Faulkner said of the South, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

    Lately I have been reading a wonderful book about our state’s past – and clearly there are lessons to be learned.

    The book is Deliver Us from Evil, by Dr. Lacy K. Ford, and it’s about how the South, especially South Carolina, dealt with the issue of slavery from the time of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution until the days prior to the Civil War.

  • Free speech is not subsidized speech

    Curiously, one of the most debated items in the entire S.C. House budget process was a combined $70,000 reduction in appropriations to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate. $70,000 is an utterly trivial part of a $25 billion budget, but the reason for the reduction is what raised the ire of many House members.

  • Corruption abounds in government

    It’s been another week of circumstances which scream corruption. First, Lois Lerner was back to testify or actually recite the Fifth Amendment on the IRS scandal.

    When the show was over and meeting closed, Rep. Elijah Cummings pitched a fit because he wanted to ask some questions. When Rep. Darrell Issa turned the microphones back on, Cummings actually had no questions for the witness. He simply wanted to make a statement about the proceedings.

  • Why doesn’t council care?

    Lancaster County Council voted 5-2 on March 10 to approve first reading of Mattamy Homes’ proposal to build a large housing development on the TreeTops property in Van Wyck.

    The puzzling thing is that during the discussion they showed quite conclusively that they understood all the arguments against this use of the property and then voted 5-2 that they don’t care.

    The question is: Why don’t they care?

  • What I love and hate about proms

    I loved some things about prom when I was a principal early in my career.

    I loved seeing how hard juniors and their teacher sponsors worked to transform a plain banquet hall into a magical, glittering place.

    I loved watching the limos pull up, full of students so excited about a night they’d been looking forward to for years.

    I loved seeing the boys decked out in their tuxes and the girls in fairy-tale gowns.