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Columns

  • S.C.’s road funding system is tearing up my vehicle

    Recently, I drove to Carthage, N.C., to see some old friends. From Columbia, I took U.S. 1 from Camden through McBee to Cheraw, then into North Carolina.

    I’ve driven on bad roads before. I’ve driven in the American northeast, where melted snow seeps into the pavement and cracks it all winter long. I’ve driven in the Scottish Highlands, where many of the roads can’t really be called roads at all.

  • Now is time to ask questions

    I am puzzled. The general election is less than two months away, governmental problems abound, but no one seems to be upset or saying anything.

    This is when politicians can be held accountable – virtually the only time voters have any direct say.

    On election day, the winners will be elected and voters will generally be unable to vote them out for four years. Now is the time to make politicians explain what they plan to do if elected, yet no one is asking any questions.

  • ALS stole Fair’s mobility, but it did not steal his spirit

    Over the past couple of months, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has brought an increased awareness to the disease. My awareness of ALS began when my father, Alex Fair Jr., was diagnosed with ALS on March 29, 2011. Our lives were forever changed when he received the diagnosis.

    If by chance you are not aware of ALS, it stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis and respiratory failure.

  • What the Bible says about working

    We recently celebrated Labor Day. The Bible gives many examples of good workers.  God is the greatest workman of all, having “made the heavens, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein.” Someday, he will create new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

  • Thanks to all who helped with festival

    Our third annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Building Festival, held Aug. 23, was even more successful than its two predecessors.

    We are delighted to report we netted just over $9,600 after expenses. The money will be applied toward our next home, which we plan to start within 30 to 45 days.

  • We need to fix Social Security

    Amid all the news today, one story has been completely forgotten.

    This story was once one of the hottest topics in politics and around the dinner table, but now it has vanished unless you are a senior citizen who is working yourself to the point of death every day.

    The topic is, of course, Social Security. Ever since President Bill Clinton quietly began to move up retirement benefit dates, I have watched as more and more people go about their lives, oblivious to the crime they are victims of.

  • ‘Ugly Americans’ should stay home

    Has anyone ever seen a movie or read a book in which the main character has either said or done something so stupid, ridiculous or arrogant that you actually lose your temper and want to reach out and throttle him/her?

    This doesn’t usually happen to me, but recently I read a novel of pure fiction, written by one of the world’s leading authors (no names or titles will be given) whose premise was so stupid that I almost put the book down, unfinished.

  • Right-to-work status not so solid
  • The politics of spite in S.C.

    Let’s get this out of the way at the top: I’m a Democrat and, as such, I hope that Democrats win elections and Republicans lose – locally, in South Carolina and nationally.

    So, of course, everything in this column needs to be filtered through that lens.

    Having said that, I believe that the basic thesis of this column is correct: Two South Carolina Republican candidates and their supporters are behaving spitefully and maybe, just maybe, they could be in the process of cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

  • Van Wyck has plan for future

    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes (District 7) wrote a very interesting column in the Aug. 24 edition of The Lancaster News entitled “Lancaster needs a vision for its future.”