• Column: Hospital CEO started as nurse’s aide in 1966

    Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations, from Thursday night’s annual Lancaster chamber annual awards banquet. We will publish the speeches honoring each of this year’s five major honorees. Coming Wednesday: Don Gardner.

    “The best way to find yourself,” Mahatma Gandhi said, “is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

  • Norrell: ‘We’ve been duped’ after 25 years of GOP control

    Editor’s note: The S.C. Democratic Party picked Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell to deliver the party’s televised response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State Address Jan. 20. Here are excerpts of  Norrell’s speech:

    I am Mandy Powers Norrell, and I represent the southern half of Lancaster County in the S.C. House of Representatives.
    Like Gov. Haley, I was also born and raised in rural South Carolina, and educated in our public schools. But while we have similar backgrounds, we see things from different perspectives.

  • Haley agenda: Fix roads, schools

    Excerpts of Gov. Nikki Haley’s sixth State of the State Address, delivered Jan. 20 before a joint legislative session:

    With good reason, we talk a lot about the things South Carolina does well, the records we are breaking, the rankings that show us rising to the top.
    Number one in foreign investment. The number one exporter of tires. One of the fastest growing economies on the East Coast…. All of South Carolina should take pride in those facts. There are others, however, we talk about less. And that we should never be proud of.

  • Column: The little big dream

    I have a dream for the world. My dream is concerning our nation’s problems and the world’s problems. I dream that one day the dreams of others can be lived in a way of peace. My dream includes that very peace that most of us look for in this world and our daily lives. I dream that one day that my dreams will inspire and motivate many generations to come. This is my big dream! Prepare to hear the truth.

  • Column: Imagine what the world could be

    On April 4, 1963, a man named Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world. His dream was not to be rich but to feel rich by sharing kindness with everyone. His dream was that people, as a whole, could look past their differences and live together in harmony because, even though we come from different countries, we speak in different tongues, and we look different, we are all human.

  • Column: Obama’s ideas on guns won’t fix anything

    “We have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country. It’s not going to prevent every mass shooting. It’s not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal.”
    That was President Obama, speaking last week at his town hall about guns.

  • Column: S.C. ignores law requiring public budget process

    Two years ago this month, then-House Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas  sent a spirited letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White, asking him a simple question.
    Would he support Lucas’ desire to see the House,  Senate and governor’s office obey the law on creating the state budget?
    The silence then, and now, is deafening. The most important voices not being heard don’t belong to legislators ducking an issue but the general public who are left out of a budget process they were meant to play a role in but never have.

  • Column: New neighbors: Who are those guys?

    One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The ultra-cool Paul Newman and Robert Redford play small-time bank robbers in the 1890s cowboy West who were relentlessly pursued by a posse of lawmen that followed them for months across mountains and deserts, to big cities and ultimately even to South America.
    The constant refrain between Butch and the Kid as they struggled to stay one step ahead of the posse was “Who are those guys?”

  • Column: Remembering a visit from Wayne Rogers

    During coffee at Herchek’s last week, I ran into Al Simpson, who commented that he heard my wife Margaret’s friend Wayne Rogers had died. Some will remember Rogers as Trapper John in the television series “M.A.S.H.” He also appeared as the first police chief in the television miniseries “Chiefs” that was filmed in Chester during the 1980s.

  • Column: WWII WASPs have earned resting place at Arlington

    Growing up in the South, my sisters and I had no shortage of role models. From actresses and celebrities to historical figures to our mother and grandmothers, we had a wealth of strong women to consider as examples of the women we wanted to become.
    Among these women are the WASPs – the ladies of the Women Airforce Service Pilots who served during World War II.