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Columns

  • Mattamy withdraws Treetops application

    Mattamy Homes has withdrawn its application to build a 900-home subdivision on the former Treetops property in northern Van Wyck. The project will not be built.

    The decision was conveyed to Lancaster County in a letter signed by Tom Kutz, Mattamy vice president of land acquisition and development, dated July 14, although the fact did not become widely known until last week.

    Lancaster County Council is expected to remove the pending ordinances from the table and vote them down at some point to clean up the council agenda.

  • Governing means making some tough choices

    With reference to the capital sales tax, Lancaster County Council is having trouble on what to do with this money. Well, let me help. I can’t understand why this issue is so puzzling. Put the money where it is needed most. Lancaster County has a serious problem with skilled workers. An example for instance is the need for welders.

  • Apollo 11 is worth remembering

    July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America’s great triumphs. Forty-five years earlier, the eyes of a nation were transfixed to their black and white TV sets to watch history unfold as an American astronaut stepped foot on the grey lunar soil. Neil Armstrong became the first man to stand on ground not of this Earth.

  • S.C. still abusing children

    For several years now I have written this same column – and I’m going to keep writing it until we, as a state, stop abusing our children.

    Because we do, in fact, abuse our children. And we have been doing it for a long time.

  • Set up real worker visitor program for immigrants

    Compassion is feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others; uninformed means not having or showing awareness or understanding of the facts and ignorant equates to lacking knowledge, information or awareness about something in particular.

    These three words are at the heart of the immigration debate. People scream compassion for immigrants and reveal their status of being uniformed and ignorant of the issue. America is not the pot of gold or Land of Oz where the wizard grants all wishes.

  • Our God is unchangeable

    The Bible declares that one of God’s attributes is his unchangeableness.

    He described himself to Moses as the “I am,” meaning he is eternally the same. In the book of  Malachi, God declared “I am the Lord, I change not.” In the Psalms, it is declared that the earth and the heavens, which God created, shall someday perish like an old garment, but God will endure: “Thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end” (Psalm 102:27).

  • Slavery still exists here today

    What a shocking headline, but our Attorney General Alan Wilson says it’s true – and he’s right. Slavery today is not black folks standing on the auction block in the city square. Its modern day equivalent is called “human trafficking” – for the sex trade, enforced labor and especially exploitation of children.

  • West column: Our County Council needs to do its job

    Lancaster County Council asked us for help in deciding whether to keep the extra 1 cent sales tax and, if so, how to spend it. Wonderful idea and we did just that. Then they chose to turn all this information over to the tax commissioners to sift through and make a recommendation. That was great. Things were moving along smoothly.

  • Rogers column: Court’s autopsy ruling trumps accountability

    For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.
    On July 16, the court ruled that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.
    Why does this matter to the public?
    It matters because the next time police shoot an innocent man, don’t expect the public to have access to the autopsy report giving the details of the death.

  • Carnes column: County budget: What’s in final version, what wasn’t

    In last month’s column, I talked about the county budget process. The budget was given final approval upon third reading of the budget ordinance June 23 by a unanimous vote of Lancaster County Council.
    This month’s column will highlight what was in the budget and discuss some of the items that were not in the budget.