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  • Moore column: The back-to-school story my daddy loved to tell

    My daddy loved to tell the story of my first day of school.
    Loved to tell how he came home from work that night and asked me, “Gene, how was school today?”
    Loved to tell how I stood there, looked up at him and said, “I really didn’t like it. I don’t think I want to go back tomorrow.”
    He’d always chuckle after that, and then he’d always – always – tell how he looked at me and said, “But, Gene, you’ve got to go. If you don’t, your mama and me will get in trouble.”

  • God has a cure for the hopeless

    Psalm 107 shows God’s cure for believers in hopeless situations. Those whom God has redeemed from every nation need to thank him for his goodness and never-ending loving-kindness.
    Four hopeless situations are described. The first was travelers in a wilderness who had lost their way, unable to find a city and desperately weak without adequate nourishment. When they cried out to God in prayer, he led them by the right way to a city where they could be filled and  satisfied.

  • SC government dysfunction – ignorance, apathy, or ideology?

    A few random sad news stories of late have caused me to wonder why the S.C. Legislature does what it  does. And after serious thought, it seems like there are three possible explanations – ignorance, apathy, or ideology.
    Whatever the reason, we as a state, are suffering greatly because of their actions.

  • Is it a great day in S.C.?

    “It’s a great day in South Carolina.” That’s the sentiment, still faithfully echoed by state workers across South Carolina. This is the case, despite, what many describe as an apparent disregard, insensitivity, even lack of cursory consideration for state employees.
    The failure by some legislators, to even, remotely, address long-term and significant deficits in pay, was a major disappointment for South Carolina’s state employees. But, even that, has not deterred state employees who remain on the frontline and deliver their very best.

  • Please tell our government to stop developing economy

    It seems every day, the governor, a lawmaker or a bureaucrat is touting another “economic development” project that’s slated to create some improbable number of jobs (usually a suspiciously round number – 2,500 or 5,000).
    We hear the exclamations: “We’re creating more jobs!”
    Don’t get me wrong, jobs are great, but what exactly gives you, a state government, the idea that it’s your function to create jobs, or to “develop” the private-sector economy?

  • Foster parents important in a child’s life

    On behalf of Foster Care Review Board 6A, I wish to commend The Lancaster News for sharing with this community the story of Janie Peay, “Graduate and mother both receive awards” in the July 31 edition.
    I must also commend and send much love to Mrs. Peay who received the 2013 My Guiding Light Award, which is given annually by the S.C. Department of Social Services to a foster parent who has inspired and guided a graduating senior in foster care.

  • Be sure to update change in your mailing address

    Every September, the Lancaster Treasurer’s Office mails out property tax bills for real estate (homes and commercial buildings) and personal property (boats, business furniture and equipment, manufacturing, etc.)
    While nobody likes getting a tax bill, it’s important that they are sent to the correct address. More than one property owner has called to complain they didn’t get their tax bill and ended up paying their taxes late with penalties because the bill was sent to an old address.

  • American Dream not reality for many in S.C.

    The American Dream is very simple. It is the foundation of our country and our state. It is not written into the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution; no Congress or legislature ever passed laws to make it official.
    But every American knows what it means and so do the immigrants from around the world who have risked it all to make it happen for themselves and their families here.
    The American Dream is you work hard and play by the rules and your children will be better off than you are. Economists call this “social mobility.”

  • Experienced drivers can set the example for all drivers

    There are many ways to classify drivers. Some people classify drivers according to their mental state, such as drowsy or aggressive. Other people classify drivers according to their speed. I, however, believe that a combination of age and experience is the best way to classify drivers, whom I think fall into three categories – older, beginning and experienced.
    Although there are exceptions to my belief, classifying drivers this way gives a better understanding of why people drive the way they do.
    Older driver

  • Divine command applies to all of us

    The New Testament is filled with commands and exhortations to Christians to love each other.
    Just before his death, Jesus taught his disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).