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Columns

  • Column: A young boy stops to thank WWII veteran

    Last week, I was having breakfast downtown with an old friend. Usually six of us meet for breakfast on Friday morning, but four were scattered from South America to doctor’s offices, so the two of us carried on.
    While we had coffee and waited for our eggs and bacon, we covered a number of topics – one was about World War II.

  • Column: Another mass killing tests our faith

    The news feeds continue to report the evil actions of individuals and groups who are bent on wreaking havoc against unsuspecting targets.
    Today, we are hearing about the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people are dead and more than a dozen others wounded. The reports of such incidents seem to be growing with each passing week.

  • Column: How it feels to receive a quilt of valor

    When I received an email from The Lancaster News asking me to write about how it felt to receive a quilt of valor from Douglas Presbyterian Church, I debated declining.
    Although the quilt was presented in front of many, it felt like a private moment. A treasured moment. It was my pleasure spending time with the church honoring veterans. But as the quilts of valor – and those who award them – are worthy of recognition, I decided to accept the offer and share my thoughts.     

  • Column: Thank you, Promise Neighborhood volunteers, next workday Nov. 18

    On behalf of Lancaster Promise Neighborhood’s other co-chairs, Bruce Brumfield and Dr. Paul McKenzie, I want to express my deepest gratitude to the dozens of volunteers who came out on Oct. 21 to clean up, clear out and paint one of the homes in our zone.
    Mt. Zion AME Zion Church was gracious to host the workday, which involved adult and youth representatives from AMEZ churches, Resurrection of Life Ministries, All for One Ministries, the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club, nonprofit organizations and local businesses.  

  • Column: Mrs. Blackmon, don’t complain when TLN reports what you say

    This is in response to Linda Blackmon’s letter to the editor in Sunday’s paper.
    Mrs. Blackmon, I would like to point out that The Lancaster News has written exactly what you have said since this election protest started a year ago. Nothing is one-sided.
    Sometimes common sense flies out the window. A lot of us wonder why you thought you could just vote to make yourself $6,750 richer. It makes no sense. You should have asked City Attorney Mitch Norrell before you voted.

  • Commentary: Mulvaney talks about his bailiwick: budget, taxes

    Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and former congressman from Indian Land, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to discuss the Republicans’ budget, which had just passed the Senate, and the president’s tax-reform plans. Here are excerpts of his discussion with host John Dickerson.

  • Column: 6 questions for gubernatorial candidates

    The S.C. General Assembly is far different than 27 years ago when Operation Lost Trust blew open the cozy culture of the State House with federal charges against 28 legislators and lobbyists in a cash-for-votes sting.
    People went to jail. Some avoided it. Ethics rules were changed to become some of the toughest in the nation as it became virtually impossible for people to buy a cup of coffee legally for a friend in the legislature.  

  • Column: Bad idea: Statue of black Confederate soldiers

    Editor’s note: Two Upstate legislators last week proposed a State House monument honoring black soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. In September, Sens. Greg Gregory (R-Lancaster) and Darrell Jackson (D-Richland) proposed a statue of Robert Smalls, a slave who escaped with his family on a stolen Confederate ship, fought for the North and later represented South Carolina in Congress. Dr. Bartley’s column deals with both proposals.

  • Column: Why can’t the governor pick his advisers?

    As it turns out, the now-suspended V.C. Summer project isn’t the only nuclear concern in South Carolina.
    The Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council (NAC) met Oct. 11 to discuss the troubles facing a poorly managed plutonium fuel construction operation at the Savannah River Site. In the aftermath of the V.C. Summer project, this nuclear operation and the council tasked with overseeing it have mostly existed in the background, overlooked by many.
    Exactly who sits on this council, and what do they do?

  • Column: Another president who hated news media – no, not Nixon

    President Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t like the media by making threats and insulting both media outlets and individual journalists, ruminating about reforming libel law, and complaining about coverage of himself and his administration.