• Homelessness in U.S. impacts all of us

    Hard to imagine, but dogs of olden days did not live the high life they do today. Historically, living a dog’s life meant begging for food, sleeping on the ground, and fighting for territory.

    Dog food, as we know it, would have been laughable then, as only the garbage considered worthless to humans went to the dogs.

    This may sound horrible, but we have many homeless in America – in South Carolina – people who are living like dogs in 2015. Why?

  • Reform road system, then talk revenue

    If more money were the answer to the state’s infrastructure woes, the topic would hardly be worth debating. The real trouble with South Carolina’s roads, though, isn’t a lack of money.

    It’s a lack – indeed, a total lack – of citizen control or influence on road funding.How do we know more money won’t produce better roads?

  • Papers teach students about their community

    Students in Heather McManus’ kindergartner class at Indian Land Middle School are learning about their community through the Newspapers in Education program.

    Every week her students look forward to getting the Carolina Gateway, a sister paper to The Lancaster News.

    What is Newspapers in Education?

    Newspapers in Education Program is an international program, dating back to 1795, dedicated to improving literacy and the quality of education by supplying newspapers to teachers that they use within their classroom/curriculum.

  • Adams loyal to what he loved in life

    I had to do a double take when I scanned page 4A of the Friday, Oct. 9 edition of The Lancaster News.

    The mug of a familiar smiling face caught my eye and when I realized where it was located, it was a sad stunner.

    The photo was of Ronnie Adams, who had died earlier in the week. Ronnie, I knew, was struggling with some health issues, but I had no idea.

  • U.S.’s past, present, future immigrants

    “Give us your tired, your poor;

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;

    The wretched refuse from your teeming shores;

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me;

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”


  • Please join us in praying for our nation

    I am so glad God allowed me to be born in America. I have been privileged to travel to several other countries – South Korea, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Canada and Mexico – and have never been to a place I would rather live.

    I am a true American patriot. I love this country and what this country has historically stood for. It is obvious to even a casual student of American history that the founders of this country envisioned it to be a nation governed by Judeo-Christian principles.

  • Audit finds inadequate controls over outsourcing

    In fiscal 2013, the S.C. Department of Transportation outsourced 70 percent of its total expenditures, involving the equivalent of more than 1,100 full-time outside jobs in two main non-construction areas, according to an internal report obtained by The Nerve.

    In a follow-up, four-page audit submitted earlier this year to DOT management though not made public, which was based on the 17-page 2013 report, DOT Chief Internal Auditor Paul Townes concluded that:

  • It’s time to use common sense

    The Oregon college mass killing once again shows how defenseless we are. No one is ever going to prevent some psychopath or idiot from getting a gun. Period.
    Who do we think we’re kidding? Just like a thief, no matter how great your security systems, they will find a way.
    A young unarmed veteran took it upon himself to stop that psycho. He was shot five times and will live, but he has to learn to walk again.
    If he had been allowed to carry a gun that whole mess would have been put to an end much sooner.

  • Jesus gives us unending joy

    On the night before his death, Jesus made a prophecy to his disciples in the upper room: “A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father” (John 16:16).

    This prediction caused consternation among some of his disciples, and they said among themselves, “we cannot tell what he saith.”

    Jesus then explained his words by saying that “ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”

  • We just need to use plain common sense

    I would like to make a statement on behalf of all the people who have ever wondered what happened to common sense.

    In school, we learned of Thomas Paine and the pamphlet he published in 1776. It inspired men to seek freedom from a repressive government with statements like;

    “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women.”