• Brown column: Habitat helps by leveraging strengths of its volunteers

    How do you feel when you help make someone else’s dream come true? That’s what you’re doing when you volunteer to work on a Habitat home.
    Most folks who have done it will tell you it’s gratifying and can be downright addicting.
    National Volunteer Week is a fitting time to celebrate the people who make the work of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County possible. Volunteers are the heartbeat of Habitat. We are grateful for our current volunteers and looking for more.

  • Wilt column: Ugly, traffic-slowing designs mandated by county council

    I have heard a lot of comment over the last few weeks about how the new storage unit buildings that have gone up on U.S. 521 in Indian Land are unattractive, with their flat facades facing the road, parallel to the road and only a few feet back from the road.

  • Column: I think it’s time to put aside ideals, get bloodthirsty

    We have reached a point where we, as Americans, must make a decision.
    Do we adhere strictly to the values that have shaped our nation, or do we accept that as the world changes, so must our value system? If the world functioned in a rational, civilized manner, the old ways would always be the right ways and we could go on forever, avoiding change.
    Sadly, we can all see that things, they are a-changing’.

  • Column: Restrooms: Where did this lunacy come from?

    What have I missed? I am completely baffled, perplexed, beyond confused.
    I sometimes feel like a modern-day Rumpelstiltskin – like I have somehow drifted off into a 20-year sleep, and have now awakened in a different time and place. My country has somehow morphed into a place with which I no longer can identify. And it has happened so quickly, so dramatically, that I am perplexed as to how this transformation has taken place.

  • Column: Ideas for fixing S.C. higher ed

    We all know that the success of our higher education system is vital to the success of our state.
    This column is not about all the good things or all the failings of our individual institutions of higher education. Let’s just say we have some great institutions and some not-so-great ones. At the great institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well. At the weaker institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well.
    In short, there’s room for improvement at all of them.

  • Column: S.C. marriage bill has feeble underpinnings

    In December 2014, a bill was introduced in the S.C. Senate by Larry Grooms of District 37 and Danny Verdin of District 9. The bill asks Congress to hold a convention of the states for the sole purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to allow states to define and regulate marriage.
    This bill arrived in the Senate one month after the Supreme Court agreed to review a same-sex marriage case because the circuit courts had given conflicting rulings on the constitutionality of marriages of this variety. A ruling on the case would set a national legal precedent.

  • Column: Why is USC storing water purchased for flood victims?

    One of the University of South Carolina’s biggest embarrassments of recent years is currently hiding another.

  • Column: Congressional candidate makes case for change

    Editor’s note: Ray Craig, a Republican from Lake Wylie running in the June 14 primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land, spoke to the Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Department on Monday. Here are some excerpts.

  • Column: Think about effects of Democratic ideas

    OK, Bernie and Hillary supporters. Consider this.
    Why do you want a free or no-debt college degree? To get a better job. Why do you want a better job? To make a better wage. But why have a better job and higher wage in the Bernie and Hillary economy, where if you do succeed you don’t get to keep that higher wage? You become a cash cow for those who want things for free.
    After a while people will figure out that the more they work, the more they pay, and soon they will stop working and just settle for the free stuff.

  • Column: Education, technology, creativity key to S.C.

    Etc are three little letters we run across most every day. We hardly notice them. But when it comes to South Carolina and our future, ‘etc’ can be a real disaster or it can be our great hope.
    Confused? Let me explain.
    Etc (usually written with a period at the end as etc.) is short for et cetera, a Latin phrase that the Cambridge Dictionary defines as “and other similar things.” Another way of thinking about etc is “more of the same.”