• Willie finishes rest of story

    At the end of my Sept. 27 column I told you I would tell you the rest of the story about Slick Willie from our 1999 visit.

    I left you at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 26, 1999, when I was talking with Lib Smith, Slick Willie’s sister. Lib was calling from Piedmont Medical to inform me of Slick Willie’s condition and to inquire about our Oct. 23 visit and to see if I could fill in the blanks on the strange happenings that landed Slick Willie in the hospital.

  • ‘We had to’ belief dominates all of our lives

    Three words that echo through history to explain why evil occurs. Three words heard over and over as a universal explanation to justify events that could have been avoided.

    Those words are, “we had to.” We first took notice of these words when liberating Nazi death camps. We asked the guards in the camp and the people in the surrounding towns and they all said “we had to.”

  • Stop sanctuary cities

    Typically when we hear the word “sanctuary,” it gives us a feeling of safety, shelter and security. What we do not often associate with this word is heartbreaking loss. But, as we heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month, that’s exactly what Jim Steinle experienced in a so-called sanctuary city.

    Mr. Steinle lived every parent’s worst nightmare, as his daughter, Kate, was murdered right before his eyes in broad daylight in San Francisco. He testified that the last words he ever heard his daughter speak were, “Help me, Dad.”

  • We have made a ‘covenant with death’

    Bruce Miller’s recent article, “U.S.’s past, present, future immigrants,” was excellent.

    I would like to add to his piece with additional information to explain this dire situation that we face.

    The Middle East is imploding. Islamic State butchers are annihilating Christian and other communities. Putin is sending arms to Assad, while we are arming the enemies of Assad.

  • Another wake-up call for S.C.

    Proterra is a world leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles. In 2011, we were excited when Proterra announced it was moving its corporate headquarters and manufacturing to South Carolina.

    Proterra announcements last week should also have been exciting news for South Carolina.

    “The U.S. is in the midst of a complete reinvention of how we transport people and cargo,” said Ryan Popple, Proterra’s CEO.

  • Homelessness in U.S. impacts all of us

    Hard to imagine, but dogs of olden days did not live the high life they do today. Historically, living a dog’s life meant begging for food, sleeping on the ground, and fighting for territory.

    Dog food, as we know it, would have been laughable then, as only the garbage considered worthless to humans went to the dogs.

    This may sound horrible, but we have many homeless in America – in South Carolina – people who are living like dogs in 2015. Why?

  • Reform road system, then talk revenue

    If more money were the answer to the state’s infrastructure woes, the topic would hardly be worth debating. The real trouble with South Carolina’s roads, though, isn’t a lack of money.

    It’s a lack – indeed, a total lack – of citizen control or influence on road funding.How do we know more money won’t produce better roads?

  • Papers teach students about their community

    Students in Heather McManus’ kindergartner class at Indian Land Middle School are learning about their community through the Newspapers in Education program.

    Every week her students look forward to getting the Carolina Gateway, a sister paper to The Lancaster News.

    What is Newspapers in Education?

    Newspapers in Education Program is an international program, dating back to 1795, dedicated to improving literacy and the quality of education by supplying newspapers to teachers that they use within their classroom/curriculum.

  • Adams loyal to what he loved in life

    I had to do a double take when I scanned page 4A of the Friday, Oct. 9 edition of The Lancaster News.

    The mug of a familiar smiling face caught my eye and when I realized where it was located, it was a sad stunner.

    The photo was of Ronnie Adams, who had died earlier in the week. Ronnie, I knew, was struggling with some health issues, but I had no idea.

  • U.S.’s past, present, future immigrants

    “Give us your tired, your poor;

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;

    The wretched refuse from your teeming shores;

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me;

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”