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Columns

  • Column: Plotting the course toward a stronger community

    Since its inception, the J. Marion Sims Foundation has been focused on sustaining and strengthening the health and wellness of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn, and Great Falls. During our 20-year anniversary, we are actively planning for the future and asking questions about the health of our region.
    Where do we excel as a community? Where should we focus? What are your dreams for the community where we live, work, and play? What makes this a great place for your children? What would make our quality-of-life even better for your children’s children?

  • Column: A Trump vote is a stiff-arm to both parties

    Every time I write about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it sounds repetitive of what we can see and hear on TV and radio. I don’t think there is anything I can say that is going to inform or change someone’s mind about who to vote for, because I think people have heard it all and have made their decisions based on things like family, tradition and party loyalty.
    Having said this, I would like to challenge voters to consider something else in their decision process.

  • Column: Does my concealed-carry permit immunize me from traffic tickets?

    Philando Castile, a black man in Minnesota who was shot and killed by a 28-year-old police officer named Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop, was about my age.
    We might have had plenty in common, or not much at all. But when details of his killing emerged, I learned of one potential similarity between us that also set us a world apart: Like Castile, I have a permit to carry a gun.

  • Column: Our apathy makes us vulnerable to tyranny

    Revolutions must be popular because they have happened so often. In the Third World, revolutions are almost a national sport.
    Those revolutions are actually tyranny taking over another tyranny. Every revolution in history has always claimed to be carried out in the name of the people, but the people never get to run things.

  • Column: Out of many, we are one

    E Pluribus Unum or out of many, one.
    This 13-letter phrase became an official part of the Seal of the United States by an act of Congress in 1782. It was the de facto motto of the United States until Congress officially made In God We Trust the national motto in 1956.

  • Editor's Column: Weaver wilts in Ansley Park spotlight

    Imagine that this newspaper is being accosted by organized complainers demanding that our publisher take action on their long-standing concerns.

    The publisher calls a big public meeting to hear their gripes and get her editor’s recommendation on how to proceed.

  • Column: FBI’s Comey: Move along folks, nothing to see here

    What were my feelings about the FBI findings on Hillary Clinton? First, I must say that I didn’t expect an indictment because she is a Clinton.

    If she had been before a grand jury and lied to them the way she did to the American people, she would have been in the same trouble Bill was in, but Bill was only impeached, disbarred and forced to pay an $850,000 settlement to Paula Jones. That would be a lot to some, but there was no jail time.

  • Column: Why is black man/white child a matter for police intervention?

    You hear of things happening all the time and you are concerned, but when it happens to your family member it really takes a different tone.

    After so much publicity about the veteran woman in North Carolina who received the note on her vehicle telling her she should be ashamed to park in a designated parking area for vets, we would think people would learn to be a little slower to assume.

  • Column: Did Confederate flag’s removal solve problems?

    One of Phil Noble’s recent columns begins by praising, once again, the removal of the Confederate flag from the S.C. State House grounds.

  • Column: Bringing Mexican political ethics to S.C.

    Now the most reasonable response to this headline is “Are you nuts? Isn’t Mexican politics riddled with corruption? What could we possibly learn from them?”

    The answers to these three questions are – no, yes and a lot.

    I suppose there are some who would argue that the answer to the first question is yes, but I haven’t been locked up yet, so give me the benefit of the doubt on this one and let’s skip to the more important questions.