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Columns

  • Column: 1,300 churches join gun debate

    The mental images of churches and guns are about as incongruous as possible. Churches are quiet, reverent places of worship. They are places of peace, healing and comfort. Guns are loud, sudden and violent. They are about blood, pain and death.
    They exist in two different realms.
    Add to this the idea that S.C. churches and synagogues would get involved in nitty gritty politics – that they would delve into lobbying and legislative deal making – well, that’s more than many of us can fathom.

  • Column: Barbara Ann Howze, Hopewell UMC saved Buford Battleground

    There are those of us in the Buford area who are extremely pleased that the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust will be partnering with a national battleground preservation group and the Katawba Valley Land Trust to preserve the Buford Battleground site for future generations.

  • Column: John Howard’s decades of service make him most qualified candidate

    When I first heard about the untimely death of Joe Shaw, mayor of Lancaster for 33 years, I started reflecting on his many years of service and what he meant to Lancaster city government. He was always available to listen to your complaints, concerns and suggestions, no matter the situation. His dedication and desire to be the best servant of the citizens of Lancaster and act accordingly is what I believe most residents will miss.

  • Column: Debunking the Hillary myth

    The myth that is Hillary Clinton defies explanation other than she is the elite candidate of the elites, who can see no fault in her primarily because they refuse to see the truth.
    Her record is one of mediocre performance and massive failure, and yet her supporters see only that she is just what America needs.

  • Column: Think ‘glocally’ to connect us to world issues

    A few years ago my company did some work for the city and mayor of Barcelona, Spain, developing innovative Internet and new technology strategies.
    Both the city and the mayor were wonderful. I thought about them today when I read an article in my local newspaper about plastics in the ocean globally – and in Charleston.

  • Column: This election, let’s finally pick a leader

    I am reminded of a story about Capt. William Swenson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on Sept. 8, 2009.  
    On that day, American and Afghan troops were making their way through a part of Afghanistan to help protect a group of government/Afghan officials, who would be meeting with local village elders. They came under ambush, and were surrounded on three sides.

  • Column: Registering journalists a laughable proposal

    I had more fun responding to inquiries about S.C. Rep. Mike Pitts’ journalist-registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press.
    A client called and asked what the response to the bill should be. I responded, “laughter.”
    Unfortunately, many news organizations groaned and harrumphed like the sea lions on the beach in front of William Randolph Hearst’s castle in California. A reaction I suspect Pitts desired.

  • Melissa Prince: The chamber’s ambassador

    Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Janice Dabney honoring Melissa Prince, vice president of corporate communications for INSP Television Network, as  the Lancaster chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

    It is with great pleasure that I present to you the Lancaster County chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

  • Returning to greatness requires thicker skin than we’re displaying

    “One of the first signs that a ‘society’ is beginning to decline, is the inability of its citizens to cope.” (Anonymous)
    Can anyone see a parallel to that quote in what is happening throughout our nation and the world today?
    As political correctness becomes the norm, we see more and more people becoming upset and offended by mere words. To me that is a perfect example of our society losing its ability to cope.

  • Jackie Brown: Volunteer of the Year

    Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Todd Wallace honoring Jackie Brown of Jackie’s Place as the Lancaster chamber’s Volunteer of the Year. Coming Wednesday: Melissa Prince.

    I am honored to present this year’s volunteer of the year award.
    Tonight’s recipient is not the volunteer of this year, but for many. She is the volunteer for every year for more than 20 years.