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Columns

  • Column: Patriotism runs deep in this local family

    The picture of six men in military uniforms titled “Griffin Brothers Return from War” posted on social media caught my attention. Three of the faces were familiar.
    Two of them, Carl and Raymond, lived nearby and I had known them for most of my life. Everette was quite often a visitor to a local grill, where, at times, he played his guitar and sang. He was extraordinarily talented in other ways as well. I was curious about the others and also wanted to know as much detail as was possible about each one.

  • Column: Voting is over – 3 things to do now

    I am writing this column before the election results are known.
    The pundits are predicting that Trump will carry South Carolina by a large margin and Clinton will win nationally by a narrow margin. For me as a Democrat in South Carolina, this is the definition of mixed emotions.
    But as an American, I’m mostly just glad that the whole disgusting spectacle is finally over.

  • Candidate Column: Mitchell’s issues: Roads, schools, jobs

    If there is one thing that I heard near universally while knocking on over 1,000 doors this year, it’s that people are tired of politics and this campaign. When we go to the polls on Tuesday, it will have been 596 days since the first candidate announced that he was running for president.

  • Column: Tracing racial politics from Tillman to Trump
  • Column: Defending ‘progressive left’ principles

    In reading the letters, comments and columns printed in these pages over the years, one could easily get the impression that holders of “progressive left” values are responsible for everything from the Biblical Flood to the Black Plague to the entire national debt, not to mention adolescent acne.

  • Column: Chamber: Local races, alcohol vote deserve close attention Nov. 8

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored two candidate forums this year, featuring candidates for local races including Lancaster City Council District 3, Lancaster County sheriff, S.C. House District 45 and U.S. House District 5.

    Certainly, most people have been paying close attention to the presidential race, whether they wanted to or not. It has truly been hard to avoid.

  • Candidate Column: Mainstream conservatives must look for a new party

    The leaders of the Republican Party forfeited its future when they allowed Donald Trump and his radical-right followers to hijack their party, and America won’t know the future of its partisan politics until after the election. Political pundits predict that Hillary Clinton will be elected president despite her unpopularity, and that the Republican Party will be left in disarray.  

  • Candidate Column: In judging public servants, syntax isn’t that important

    I would like to comment on an article in Wednesday’s Lancaster News entitled “Harris, Blackmon discuss city’s finances, crime, business climate.”
    As I said on Oct. 24 during the forum, running for city council again was a hard decision for me to make. Maya Angelou stated, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

  • Column: I’m outraged about all the moral outrage

    Welcome to the new age of moral outrage! I have been listening to various news shows, and all are caught up in the various scandals of the hour.
    Trump has taken center stage for his womanizing, while Hillary hides behind various network apologists for her revelations through WikiLeaks. The other two candidates are not outrageous enough to warrant notice, even though Johnson’s involvement with the marijuana industry would have been a big story a few years ago, but there seems to be no interest today.

  • Column: Mulvaney lacks empathy required of leaders

    I have often played Monday morning quarterback after seeing one of my favorite teams lose a game when a coach calls a play I disagree with or watching a quarterback make an errant throw. I make these criticisms with an unmistakable certainty that the outcome would have been different if only I would have been the decision-maker instead of the other person.