• Column: Donald Trump the antithesis of the Sermon on the Mount

    There is a dirty little secret about those so-called evangelical voters who picked Donald Trump in the S.C. Republican primary on Feb. 20. Pastors serving in the trenches of daily parish life know it, but few beyond those boundaries are aware of it.
    Here’s the secret – a cultural Christian is not an evangelical. South Carolina is a bastion of cultural Christianity. Many of those so-called evangelical Christians do not attend worship and do not live a life that conforms to the teachings of Christ.

  • Column: Hillary Clinton talks about her spiritual life

    Hillary Clinton isn’t much given to talking about religion on the campaign trail, but she veered off that path in Iowa in a detailed response to a voter’s question a few days before the Iowa caucuses.
    That insight may be of interest to S.C. voters as focus turns to our Democratic presidential primary this Saturday. The source here is a detailed article that ran inside the New York Times on Jan. 30.

  • Column: GOP primary shouts ‘welcome to the new S.C.’

    In the closing days of the Republican presidential primary, the image that dominated S.C. media was Tim Scott and Nikki Haley campaigning with Marco Rubio.
    An African-American Republican U.S. senator and a first-generation female Indian American governor endorsing a first-generation Cuban America running for president of the United States. The average age of the trio is 46 years old.
    Welcome to the new South Carolina.

  • Column: When an army of cops converges on your porch

    My day started well enough, and I was puttering about the house when movement on my front porch caught my eye. For all the world it looked like someone was sneaking around my home.
    My place is a bit off the road, so I do not normally see people just wandering around. I am frequently away from home and have been robbed three times in the last few years. My guns stay loaded and near to hand, but this time I was more curious than afraid.
    I walked out onto the porch and heard a voice shout “Stop! Stay where you are! Put your hands above your head!”

  • Column: Debating what causes decline of middle class

    I would like to thank William St. Louis for his Feb. 21 response to my Feb. 17 column. I sense that we may be close to agreement on several issues.
    I see the erosion of the middle class, and so does Mr. St Louis. The point of disagreement seems to be my observation that many are focused only on leisure and recreation. Leisure and recreation are not evil in themselves. However, when these become an obsessive priority in life, it may reflect a sense of frustration and helplessness.

  • Column: We’re not dumb hicks and Yankee carpetbaggers

    There was a time when the only discord in Van Wyck was how you should pronounce the name. Van Wick, Van Wack, Van Wike, there are plenty of arguments and plenty of people who “just know” the right way to say it.
    OK, there are also people here still arguing the rights and wrongs of a case involving a dog that’s been dead for 20 years.  

  • Column: The middle class is dying

    While reading Dr. L. Brooks Walter’s Feb. 17 column, “Maybe too late to forestall social, financial collapse,” I found the need to make the following observations.

  • Column: USCL: Great opportunity, great value

    A note accompanying a recent gift from one of our donors included this perceptive sentence: “The rapidly escalating cost of pursuing an education at a four year, residential university emphasizes the importance of offering an alternative educational opportunity like USCL.”

  • Column: Ben Carson has character, leadership to revive America

    Our great nation is in trouble.  
    We have unfathomable debt. Our government is big and getting bigger. There is a deep moral decay in our society. Our religious liberties are being threatened. Our national security and defense are weak.    
    But with God’s help, there is hope to turn things around if we elect people of strong character and proven leadership. Here are some reasons why Dr. Ben Carson fits that bill:

  • Column: Can S.C. reverse its reputation for dirty politics?

    “There will be blood in South Carolina,” reads the headline of Camden resident Kathleen Parker’s syndicated Washington Post column about the presidential primaries in our state.
    She’s probably right.
    For Parker and just about everyone else who has looked at S.C. politics, and especially Republican presidential primaries, the big take away is that politics here are mean, nasty, racially charged battles. The recent Republican debate in Greenville shows that we’re probably heading for another new low this election.