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Columns

  • Amid bad news, much good news to be found

    It was a tough week. First, there was the death of a young race car driver – a bizarre incident involving one of racing’s biggest stars. Days later, America mourned the loss of an actor and comedian beloved by many.

    Then, unrest in a small Missouri town where the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer prompted anger, protests, riots and looting.

  • Conference’s success due to our community support

    On behalf of the more than 40 nonprofit, law enforcement, and school district members of the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many partners who helped make the Seventh Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities Conference such a success.

    Lancaster should be proud to host the only national conference that focuses on the unique challenges of working with youth from rural communities.

  • Edgewater is Lancaster County’s hidden treasure

    I’ve decided to write something positive for a change. Most all my other letters to The Lancaster News are political in nature. But this one is different. Over the last year or so there have been dozens of letters opposing future development in the county – mostly the Indian Land section and Van Wyck.

    I can understand that some of the neighbors are upset because the landscape will be changing.

  • Lancaster needs a vision for its future

    It is always easy to see where we have been; it is so much harder to see where we are going or where we need to go.

    Ask anyone who has lived in Lancaster County for the last 40 years and they can tell you a story of how Lancaster County has changed.

    Some people you talk with, their story ends when Springs Industries closed up. They can only talk about the past; they seem to not appreciate today and they cannot imagine the future.

  • Jesus and the storms of life

    John’s Gospel records seven miracles of Jesus so people will believe he is “the Christ, the Son of God” and thereby find eternal life (John 20:31).

    The fifth of these miracles, Jesus walking on the water, happened less than 24 hours after he had fed the multitudes with just five barley loaves and two fishes. The Gospels of Matthew and Mark also describe this miracle.

  • S.C, immigration and ‘Us vs. them’

    First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment, but a simple geo-political fact.

    Whether it’s the Ukraine and invading Russians, Japan defending obscure costal islands or ancient Rome resisting Hannibal and his elephants coming over the Alps from Carthage, it is exactly the same. A nation’s borders must be secure.

  • Is our country making any progress?

    In 1972, 42 states had laws in their constitution that forbid the killing of children in the womb – 42 sates out of 50. At the time that would have been the representative voice of about 220 million people.

    However nine judges decided that this majority, or preponderance of voices, should not and would not be heard as they ruled that women may kill their unborn child. So much for majority rule and democracy.

  • USCL provides an ‘educational awakening’

    Late last year, the University of South Carolina Lancaster archivist posted on the USCL Facebook page a 1963 clipping from The Lancaster News.

    Mrs. T.W. Boyce urged the citizens of Lancaster to support the continued growth of the four-year-old extension of USCL by donating money for the construction of Hubbard Hall.

  • Making the case for low taxes

    They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.” They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they’ve secured public funding.

    But all too often, politicians forget to thank the people who made it possible – the taxpayers.

  • Pelham: Hire candidates with highest qualifications

    Many of you may know that recently the Lancaster County School District filled another top-level position entitled director of secondary education.

    What many of you may not know is that of the three finalists interviewed for this top-level position two were minority females, who I think had more qualifications than the person selected for the position.