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Columns

  • 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.

  • Text4baby helps new, expectant mothers

    I am a mom. It is the hardest and most rewarding job I could ever imagine. My first child was born when I was quite young, my second not far behind.
    I am one of the lucky moms. I have a wonderful family, a great pediatrician and supportive co-workers, who all gave me guidance during my pregnancy and in those early days of the kids’ lives.
    There are many moms in our state who have less help in the journey we call parenting.
    Some may not have role models as I do in my own mother and grandmothers. Some may not enjoy health-care or prenatal-care benefits.

  • Time to focus on positives of public schools

    It is always interesting to read articles in magazines and newspapers where people with great knowledge spill their wisdom concerning the feelings of our public school system.
    This had gone on for years and years. Yet, for some reason or other, all these wonderful ideas are wasted. The one big whipping pole is money or according to most of these wise people, money wasted on public school in South Carolina.

  • City takes lead in restoration

    Who would ever have thought the fascination of a 5-year-old child would result in helping rescue a building years later? But that is the catalyst that inspired the city of Lancaster to step up and fund repair work to the Cultural Arts Center.
    Restoration efforts had been underway sporadically since 1976, but progress was hampered by insufficient funding. With the reinfestation of bats in the early 1990s, use of the building ceased and repairs foundered.