• Manasseh proves evil men do repent

    The Bible records the life of King Manasseh in 2 Kings 21 and 2 Chronicles 33. He had an ungodly grandfather (Ahaz) and a godly father (Hezekiah). He became king of Judah at the age of 12, and reigned for 55 years, the longest term of any of the Hebrew kings.

  • Teachers make a difference

    Young people across this country have begun or are about to begin a new school year. I am reminded of a time 50 years ago when I was one of those young people. It was Aug. 26, 1965. I was 8 years old and entering the third grade at H.R. Rice Elementary School.

    What I didn’t know then but know now is what a pivotal moment that would be in my life.

  • Trump trumps Trump in GOP debate

    Many people have told us over the years about the use of body language. Add to this commentary the use of facial expressions and you have a recipe for disaster.

    Take the recent TV debate between the top 10 Republican candidates and look at the body language and facial expressions used by the panel of moderators. When did the news become personal opinion?

  • Iran renews Hamas support

    William St. Cloud’s Aug. 21 column, “Congress should not deny deal with Iran,” said we need to support the President Barack Obama/Sen. John Kerry deal with Iran for peace in the Middle East. I was amazed that there are people so uninformed at what is going on with this agreement.

    I will not go into a laundry list of reasons why this deal is a disaster, but let me share a recent report that may help lift the blinders off the eyes of those who just nod yes to whatever a liberal leader tells them.

  • The current distaste for dynasty politics

    Given recent events in the early stages of the presidential campaign, one cannot help but wonder why there is a political revolt heading into the 2016 elections.

    At least part of the explanation may lie in the notion that Americans have at times disdained hereditary political candidates, or at least harbored deep suspicion about their leadership qualifications.

  • Help for local roads coming

    Smooth pavement. It’s been increasingly hard to find in Lancaster County and South Carolina in recent years. Help is on the way, though, that will resurface more than 50 miles of roads in the county in 2016. That’s a tenfold increase over the number of miles resurfaced in some recent years.

    Due to a filibuster late in the legislative session, senators were unable to debate a House of Representatives road-funding bill before our mandatory adjournment date in June.

  • Physicals cornerstone of healthy school year

    There are many things that must be done before sending your child back to school. In addition to buying new clothes and stocking your child’s backpack with the right supplies, make sure she or he has an annual physical and the proper immunizations to start the new school year on a healthy foundation.

  • Prayer allowed in CFF

    I 90 percent agree with Carl M. Miles’s recent letter, “America needs to return to God.”

    The only reason I say 90 percent is that the Supreme Court did decree in 2001 that Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) was approved to conduct non-denominational Good News clubs, like Sunday school, in public schools in their after-school programs.

  • The truth of consequences

    Is it possible for people to be smart and foolish, educated and unwise? The elected leaders of America, our judges and our progressive ideology seem to say yes. When one studies the ideology of the political progressive left I would say yes.

  • Jimmy Carter – a life of virtue

    It was announced recently that Jimmy Carter has cancer. I don’t know what will happen, or if it will cut short his life, though I’m not sure “cut short” applies to a man that is 90 years old.

    The one thing I do know is Carter will deal with his illness just as he has lived – with courage, determination, good humor and faith.