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Columns

  • Council’s workshop left out some key items

    Each August, Lancaster County Council takes a luxurious three- or four-day working vacation on Hilton Head Island for the S.C. Association of Counties meeting. Often, they have a meeting during this vacation and so it was be this year, although it is a work session, not a regular meeting.

    Council planned to review its current list of projects, a 93-page agenda available online on the county website, under council agendas. It is interesting to review some of the things that made the list, and some that did not.

    Some projects from council’s list:

  • SchoolTools drive collects supplies in county

    As the summer of 2015 draws to a close, many families are trying to find that moment to take the last family trip to the beach or to their favorite vacation spot before kids return to school.

    For Lancaster County residents, school is set to start on Aug. 17, so time is running out for family vacations, but most importantly, getting ready to return to school.

    Every year, many Lancaster County students come to school unprepared, lacking vital tools and resources needed to do the classwork assigned to them. This is where you and I can make a difference.

  • Cut through smoke screen to solve U.S. problems

    The totalitarian socialist left in America – the Democrat Party – has created a major smoke screen with the Confederate flag here in South Carolina.

    They have diverted our attention from some real problems in America. These ignored problems are actually grotesque failures of Democrat interventionism in our lives.

    The welfare state has decimated the poorest families in America. The big welfare state is a creation of the Democrats in 1965. When the family is destroyed, the state becomes the caregiver.

  • Convincing work of the Holy Spirit

    During his final meeting with his apostles, Jesus explained the future ministry of the Holy Spirit to the world of unsaved people (see John 16:8-11). He predicted that the Holy Spirit would reprove the world concerning three things: sin, righteousness, and judgment.

    In the New Testament the word “reprove” to convince, convict, or rebuke someone about the wrongness of his actions or attitudes. John the Baptist reproved the Roman ruler Herod for marrying Herodias, his half-brother Philip’s wife.

  • If audit finds nothing, county should apologize

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC) is one of the most productive such operations in the state, with a long history of bringing business organizations to Lancaster County.

    Red Ventures, Nutramax, Fancy Pokkets, Keer America – the list goes on and on with hundreds of millions of dollars in investments and thousands of jobs brought into Lancaster County by this organization. One would think that Lancaster County Council would be appreciative of the work of this organization. Unfortunately, such is not the case.

  • Ignored Senate bill would be a good start

    This year our Legislature met from January to July, extending session beyond even the normal allowance in years past. During that time, 1,336 bills were filed between the House and Senate. Of those, 131 were passed by lawmakers.

  • The Abbeville case – key to S.C.’s future

    There is nothing – absolutely nothing – more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix it. The question is will we?

  • Lawmakers approve $200,000 earmark for ‘paper’ project

    S.C. lawmakers for years have bypassed the normal budget process by quietly slipping in earmarks for thousands – and sometimes millions – of tax dollars for their favorite organizations.

    But in rejecting Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of a $200,000 earmark sponsored by Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Beaufort and a member of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee, the General Assembly recently went a step further: It approved spending taxpayer money for a nonprofit housing development that has existed for years only on paper.

  • In our effort to appease, we lose more than we gain

    Dr. Brooks Walker’s guest column, “Seek truth: Stop mob from ruling,” in the July 15 edition of The Lancaster News makes clear by illustrious examples his point that “facts have no place in a conversation based on emotion and assumption.”

    He further states, “Justice begins with the search for truth...” followed by more vivid illustrations showing that truth is not being sought by those who scream “no justice, no peace.”

    There can be no justice without truth. Lady Justice has always been depicted as blind.

  • No one has ever had the stage presence of Elvis Presley

    As far back as I can remember, Elvis was part of my life. It was a treat to go to the drive-in with the family and I clearly remember a night we saw three of his movies at the old Townview.

    For those too young to know, a drive-in is just like a DVD player for your car except the screen is huge and outside, you can only go at night, and mosquitos eat you alive in the summer.

    I just happened to be watching NBC in November of 1968 when Elvis exploded onto the screen in what is now called the “‘68 Comeback Special.”