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Columns

  • Column: Voters at fault for unprincipled leaders

    Why do we keep electing reprobates and miscreants as the leaders of America? Why do we put so much trust in man, his ideas and humanist governments? How did we become so dumbed down and apathetic?
    A few of my friends, who say they are Christian, and a preacher who wrote to The Lancaster News say America is a Christian nation. They all believe that there should be a Christian gate to pass through for elected office.

  • Column: Homeowners, watch tax dates

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and looking forward to a busy 2016, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon. All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 15, and the late penalties can be costly. So please don’t be late!

  • Column: All retailers must play on level sales-tax field

    A sale is a sale, no matter where it takes place. Whether at a brick-and-mortar store or an online retailer, any sale should be subject to the same rules.
    Ever since Amazon.com opened its Lexington County distribution center and negotiated a sales tax exemption in 2011, the online retail giant has had a government-sanctioned advantage over South Carolina’s brick-and-mortar retailers. This four-year advantage expired on December 31, 2015, and the S.C. Retail Association and its member companies celebrate a level playing field.

  • Column: How to plug ‘Charleston Loophole’

    Back in the late 1990s, my company developed the first Internet strategy for the Ministry of Health in Australia. In all honesty, we really didn’t know much about what we were doing, but I learned one thing: with technology, the right incentives and political leadership, big changes are possible.
    Here’s the story. In the early 1990s, I met a young member of the Australian Parliament named Michael Wooldridge. He was a brain surgeon who gave it up for politics. He quickly rose through the ranks and became minister of health.

  • Column: County auditor bids farewell

    I would like to inform you that I do not plan to seek reelection this year. I have been blessed to have served our county for over 36 years, with 28 of those serving as your county auditor. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
    When first elected in 1988, I pledged to serve you to the best of my ability, and I feel that I have fulfilled my promise. I have tried my best to represent you across the state in a respectful manner.

  • Column: Red Cross helps its neighbors across S.C.

    We’ve never been more proud to be a part of the American Red Cross. We’ve been through so much in South Carolina this year, and when our neighbors needed care and comfort, the American Red Cross was there.
    None of us will ever forget the severe storms and relentless torrential rains that led to historic levels of flooding in October. Many South Carolinians were forced to leave their homes to seek safe shelters, while others were being rescued from floodwaters.

  • Column: No surprise Trump is drawing support

    I do not necessarily disagree with the Rev. Frankie Melton Jr.’s assessment of Donald Trump in his Dec. 30 guest column headlined “Why is Trump gaining support of evangelicals?” But I would merely suggest that he scrutinize leaders of the Democratic Party with the same stringent measure that he applies to the Republicans.
    He suggests that America cannot be great again without a “moral rudder.” May I submit – quite emphatically – that America is sinking under the “moral rudder” of the present administration.

  • Column: South Carolina needs a 21st century foreign policy

    Right up front, let’s be clear about what I’m suggesting here.
    No, our state does not need to have a foreign policy about putting “boots on the ground” to fight ISIS. Nor do we need a policy on the border dispute between China and Tibet, and we sure don’t need to try and send an ambassador to the United Nations. (I don’t think they would let us in if we tried.)

  • Column: Political correctness is getting us nowhere

    For too many years now, we, as a nation, have grabbed onto something that is more divisive than anything a political party can provide – political correctness.
    Where did this term actually come from? Who is responsible for creating this ridiculousness? And why are we embracing it so vigorously?

  • Column: The violence starts long before the first shot is fired

    Black-on-black crime is a major national issue, especially the murder rate among young black males between the ages of 16-29. The big question is: “Why the violence?”
    If most of us stop and look inside our homes, we would find the cause and effect of this problem with gun violence among our young men.