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Columns

  • Automatic retirement savings: A good idea for South Carolina

    Back in 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

  • Go gridlock!

    Now that the State of the Union has been delivered, it’s time for all the usual suspects to start chiming in with all their predictable comments.

    The Republicans undoubtedly will call the president obtuse for refusing to heed the recent election as a call to rethink his policies, and his Democratic Party allies will line up behind him, cheering his tenacity in the face of an increasingly unforgiving opposition.

    But because that opposition now has a majority in Congress, virtually nothing that the president has proposed will ever see the light of day.

  • Lawmakers spend campaign funds on their own businesses

    In the 2008 and 2012 elections, S.C. Sen. Thomas Alexander faced little or no formal opposition.

  • Council needs to adequately fund criminal justice system

    The criminal justice system is one of the core functions of government – one of the first things that government is supposed to do for us.

    When the bad guys are causing us harm and we call the law, response is supposed to be quick and the bad guys are supposed to be promptly caught, taken to jail and punished.

  • Never underestimate the American spirit

    My wife and I were eating lunch the other day at a restaurant. Sitting in a booth next to us were an older couple and the gentleman wore a Vietnam veteran cap.

    During their meal a young boy, about 10 or so, walked up to the man and said, “Excuse me sir. I see that you’re a veteran. I just want to thank you for your service for our country.”

  • Former trees, roses showed we cared about Lancaster

    There are few things that say “this is Lancaster and we are proud of our heritage” as did our trees and our roses that lined Main Street. With their white lights glowing in the dark, the trees made a drive through town at night magical.

    The red roses, blooming gloriously through three seasons, made Main Street truly worth going out of one’s way to see. Lancaster was the “Red Rose City,” with the roses offering a symbolic portal to hundreds of years of history.

  • My memory rerun circuit is fused

    Thanks to all of you that have expressed appreciation for the columns I write and thanks to The Lancaster News for the opportunity. I believe you all will find it interesting how I am able to recall and write about things before the age of 2.

    As a small child, I did not talk. The seven Ussery children before me were early talkers and very prolific. My parents became concerned when all efforts to persuade me to talk failed.

  • Immigration, border security, executive amnesty – Oh my

    By now, most folks know that President Barack Obama – actually the secretary of Homeland Security – issued certain orders in November of last year that allowed about 5 million people who were in the country illegally to stay here.

    If he had stopped there, then this column might have been about the relative merits (or demerits) of doing that. However, he also did several other things, including giving those same people the right to work. That is something else entirely.

  • Opportunities abound at USCL, Palmetto College

    One of the questions I am often asked when I am in the community is, “Your campus has grown so much over the years, when are you going to become a four-year campus?”

    My answer is, “While we remain the largest two-year campus in the USC system, eight four-year degrees are now available right here.”

  • Saturday’s Moulin Rouge Gala to celebrate local cultural life

    A 9-foot-wide, bright red windmill will greet visitors to the Bradley Arts and Sciences building at University of South Carolina Lancaster this week.

    To give it its French name, the “Moulin Rouge” forms the centerpiece of the flamboyant and colorful décor which will be the setting for this year’s Art and Soul Gala on Saturday, Feb. 7.