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Columns

  • S.C. education: Buckets, fires and computers

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” said the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

    In South Carolina, we are spending far too much time trying to fill pails (often with holes in them) and not nearly enough time lighting fires. But the good news is that there is no better fire starter for young minds (or old ones for that matter) than a computer connected to the Internet.

    And therein lies a great hope for our state – and there are real reasons to be encouraged.

  • A ghastly reminder of the consequences of inaction

    Reminders are a good thing in life. The more poignant the reminder, the more effective it becomes in its work of reminding. Reminders of evil in human history cry out to contemporary culture for relentless vigilance.

    Disaster lurks on the horizon for those societies who become inoculated to these reminders. The question remains whether we will hear the cry of alarm. I was recently confronted with a blistering reminder of the darkness and ruin of the human heart.

  • Parents, citizens, students deserve the whole truth

    I have often shared with my students and church members that telling a half truth is the same as telling a whole lie. Reason being is that in most cases half of the truth that is not being told is the most important information needed in making an appropriate assessment of the situation.

    The same can be said regarding a recent article in The Lancaster News entitled “Three Schools to Swap Principals.”

  • Lawmakers ignore budget priorities

    While Gov. Nikki Haley’s vetoes may have totaled a miniscule portion of the budget, it didn’t stop lawmakers from overriding a significant number of her 87 vetoes (83 on the General Appropriations bill, three on the Capital Reserve Fund bill, and one on the Supplemental Appropriations bill). The House sustained only 17 of the 87 vetoes and the Senate another two.

    The Legislature moved quickly through the vetoes, often not even feigning serious debate to the possibility of sustaining a veto.

  • Seek truth: Stop mob from ruling

    Baltimore has seen riots, demonstrations and destruction. When students asked what I thought of the whole thing, I said I didn’t have all the facts, so my opinion would be based on hearsay.

    At that, one of my students began a tirade on police brutality with their own set of facts, which they assured me were accurate. Another student went all the way back to Trayvon Martin, Ferguson, New York and Charleston, speaking of the evils of police brutality.

  • Indian Land must have robust fire department

    Fire protection is a key function of government, and a system of robust volunteer fire departments, supplemented as necessary by paid firefighters, is essential to the financial health of Lancaster County.

    The question as to how to best provide the paid assistance while maintaining the strength of the volunteer departments is of prime importance.

  • Turning the page – One SC

    As these words are being written, the ceremony of lowering the Confederate flag at the capital is happening – literally.

    In the end, it simply came down.

    There were no speeches by politicians. There were not bands playing. There were no elaborate ceremonies. It all ended with seven state troopers – white and black, male and female – silently walking across the capital lawn, lowering the flag, rolling it up and giving it to a nameless state employee to be taken to a museum.

    That was it.

  • Providence fulfilled in past, future

    The book of Ruth demonstrates the providence of God. It occurred during the days of the judges, when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” When there was a famine in Israel, Elimelech and Naomi left their home in Bethlehem to sojourn in the land of Moab.

    Tragedy followed. Elimelech died, leaving Naomi and her two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. They married Moabite women, but then both died after about 10 years in Moab. When Naomi heard that the famine had ended in Israel, she decided to return home.

  • Slick Willie returns

    I told you Slick Willie was making a return trip to the farm with his aunt and was bringing his cousin Wilber Clinton that he called The Arkansas Kid.

    Middle sister, smarter than the rest of us, told me the only reason these boys were coming back to the farm was to whip my scrawny little behind. She further explained that Willie was a first class drut, and I had better be prepared.

    I told middle sister that I had two pockets full of assorted ammo and I would be packing my sling shot.

  • Churches need armed congregants

    A faith group in my town recently held a worship event with about 350 plus people in attendance. They expected people from several states and foreign countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, United Kingdom and Canada. The International group came together in celebration of their Christian faith to worship and recognize academic achievement.