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Columns

  • Limit government overreach with Free Flow of Information Act

    The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal email and cell phone records, branding him a “possible co-conspirator” in a classified leak case for asking questions of a government source.
    These revelations sent shockwaves throughout newsrooms nationwide. Reporters can no longer assure their sources that interviews will remain confidential because there is no way to tell whether the government is listening.

  • End distracted driving now

    I confess: I used to make the choice to drive while distracted. Every time we get behind the wheel, we have a choice:  the wise one to focus on the serious responsibility of operating a motor vehicle or the hazardous one to use the “down time” of driving doing other things.
    The worst part is that  we all depend on the other drivers to make the wise choice – conscious or not.

  • Conflicted? Five lawmakers make millions from Medicaid

    Over the past six fiscal years, medical businesses with ties to five S.C. lawmakers collectively have received more than $10 million in Medicaid payments, The Nerve found in a review of state Medicaid records.
    Two of the lawmakers – Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence and an emergency room doctor, and Rep. Kit Spires, R-Lexington and a pharmacist – didn’t report any of their Medicaid amounts on their six most recent annual statements of economic interests filed with the State Ethics Commission, though Spires contends he is not required to do so.

  • Like Naaman, we need to heed God’s word

    The Bible contains pictures of saving faith, the faith which brings people into a right relationship with God. In 2 Kings 5, Naaman, a leprous Syrian general, found cleansing through obeying the command of the Hebrew prophet Elisha.
    Naaman was the courageous pagan commander of the Syrian army, highly regarded because through him God had given deliverance to Syria.
    A young Jewish girl worked in Naaman’s home as a servant to his wife. She felt compassion for Naaman and mentioned to his wife that there was a prophet in Samaria who would heal him of his disease.

  • Start by telling the truth

    When I was a young boy growing up and my mother confronted me with something that I knew I had done wrong, I often stammered around, making excuses and trying to avoid fessing up. My mom’s response was always the same: “Let’s begin by just telling the truth.”
    When it comes to the Statehouse debacle over so-called “ethics reform,” they should simply follow mom’s wisdom – let’s begin by just telling the truth.

  • Wasson column: Black Horse Run resident protests DOT decision

    The S.C. Department of Transportation has decided to close the crossover at the entrance of Black Horse Run on U.S. 521 due to “safety concerns.”
    This affects 150-plus families who use the crossover daily.
    Black Horse Run has been developed for more than 40 years, long before Indian Land became the “hot spot” for development of strip shopping centers with little or no planning as to what the area, which is beginning to look like Cherry Road, might look like in the future.

  • Whittlesey column: Washington politicians: Do as I say, not as I do

    What’s the best way to explain or analyze what a moderate Republican and a liberal Democratic represent?  
    The word I find in Roget’s New Thesaurus (expanded edition) is “hypocrite.”  
    Words such as hypocrisy, hypocritical, hypocriticalness, complacent, smug and self-contented best explain the actions and thinking of moderate Republicans and Democrats.   

  • Cluster development – Not now, maybe never

    One of the major mistakes in development that has led to the difficult situation in Indian Land is the failure to anticipate and provide for the infrastructure required to support that development.
    Developers build houses and houses become homes because people come to live in them. Those people need roads, traffic control, schools, libraries, water and sewers, police and fire protection and EMS and 911 services.

  • Our local pets need your help

    It seems that every few months or so I put an article in the paper to tell you, my friends and neighbors, about the plight of some of the innocent pets in our community. Today is not so different, but I will tell you about the plight of the Humane Society of Lancaster SC.

  • Meet the young radicals of South Carolina in 1776

    A decent respect for our history and heritage demands that over the Fourth of July holidays we do more than just eat barbecue, watch fireworks or go fishing.
    For many years, I have made it a practice every Fourth of July to read the Declaration of Independence and spend some time in study of the men and events that surround this momentous and defining event in the life of our country. This year, I was struck by both the age and wealth of the signers from South Carolina. So, who were they?
    Thomas Heyward Jr.