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Columns

  • Schmidt column: Searching for the truth

    I am always in a search for truth. I cannot find much coming out of our current administrative branch of our GovCo.  George Orwell said, “Some ideas are so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe them.”
    This statement describes Marie Harf, spokesperson for the U.S. State  Department and the folks she works for. 

  • Schwartz column: Tell Gregory to vote ‘no’ on gas tax hike

    The big issue facing our legislators this year in Columbia is a massive new gas tax hike. Big money special interest groups like the S.C. Chamber of Commerce have been aggressively lobbying the Legislature to vote for proposals that would double our current gas tax rate.

  • Newton column: Get involved, Republicans

    If you’re concerned about the federal government racking up debt and out-of-control spending and want to get involved to do something about it, then your local Republican Party needs your involvement.

  • Curtsinger column: Let’s explore splitting up school district

    There have been rumors that Indian Land students may be bused to other under-capacity schools as an option to address the over-capacity issues at Indian Land Middle and Indian Land High schools.
    The Lancaster County school board discussed this issue at a recent retreat and has given me the following statement:
    “In a rare situation, if it becomes necessary to bus students to another school, the school district will do its utmost to insure those children presently in the attendance area will continue to attend school within their attendance area.”

  • Noble column: Haley’s $29,000 football tickets and higher ed reform

    I love this state, I really do – and that’s why I get so frustrated when we can’t do the obvious right thing for stupid reasons. (Like, say, $29,000 worth of free football tickets, but more on that in a moment.)
    It seems to happen a lot and the current prime example of this is how higher education in this state is run, or probably more accurately, not run.

  • Walker Column: Walker has higher ambitions than being vice president

    This is in response to James McManus’ Feb. 25 letter, “Walker should run for vice president.”
    Well, I guess you got me, James. I will overlook the sarcasm and pretend you really want me to be vice president. Judging by your comments, it appears that former President George Bush and I must be living in your brain rent-free. Could you stock the fridge in here? We need pizza and Mountain Dew.

  • Wilson column: Professor’s death displays domestic violence problem in South Carolina

    On Feb. 5, about 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina received a text message warning “SHOTS FIRED” – two words that would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.
    For a few hours, we all believed that USC had become the latest face of campus shootings.
    Instead, we soon would learn, USC had become the latest site of an epidemic that usually spreads in obscurity, but is all too familiar in South Carolina – domestic violence.

  • Lanning column: King’s dream a ‘big picture’ of end times?

    Daniel 2 describes a dream of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who later conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Trou-
    bled by his dream, he demanded that his wise men tell him both the dream and its interpretation, or else be dismembered and disgraced.
    As one of several young Hebrews taken captive and trained by Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel faced certain death if he failed to obey the king’s command. Requesting more time, he and his three friends met together to beseech God for wisdom.

  • Ussery column: How I ‘hypnotized’ 52 chickens in June of 1960

     

    A  family member requested I write about the time I “hypnotized” 52 chickens for a $25 bet with five of my friends. Even though these were close friends, they did not know that I had a master’s degree in the social life of chickens. 

  • Schmidt column: Continued lies will be cause of our downfall

     

    Lies surround us by politicians, media big shots and by our ruling class in general.

    “God is not a man, that he should lie” (Numbers 23:19). It looks like men are not God that they should or could tell the truth. 

    A short list of some examples: