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Columns

  • Nullification is needed now more than ever before

    This column is in response to Phil Noble’s column, “Nullification – are these guys nuts?” in the April 5 issue of The Lancaster News.
    Null and void, annulment, cancellation, repeal, eradication and do away with are some of the words and terms that explain what nullification means. Nowhere can I find that the word nullification means “nuts.”
    But what kind of nuts are you thinking of? Do you mean tree nuts like walnuts? Or the slang symbolism metaphor describing a person who is handicapped with a mental condition?

  • Thank law officers for their sacrifices

    This week, you will hear a great deal about National Police Week, and what it means to us in the law enforcement field and the families of the officers who serve in this capacity.
    National Police Week was created in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week within which it falls as Police Week. Many of the events and activities associated with National Police Week are held in Washington, D.C., where homage is paid to those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

  • Keep alcohol away from young people

    Cinco de Mayo. High school graduation parties. Fourth of July cookouts. College football tailgating. What do all of these have in common?
    All are terrific opportunities to gather together with friends and family. Unfortunately, these activities can also present an increased risk of alcohol-related problems such as underage drinking or driving under the influence. Not here you say? Nothing can be further from the truth. Almost half, 47 percent, of high-school age students report having used alcohol at least once in their lifetime and 20 percent have used in the past 30 days.

  • South Carolina must address its road issues

    What is the most pressing issue facing South Carolina? Is it attempting to nullify Obamacare? Is it the question of whether to expand Medicaid coverage? Is it putting up legal barricades to block possible federal curbs on gun rights? While my email inbox would seem to indicate so, I believe our No. 1 concern is addressing the dire condition of the state’s roads and bridges.

  • Local Republican Party making accomplishments

    At our recent convention, a record-breaking turnout of Lancaster County Republicans elected a new slate of officers, giving me a second term as the county chair along with re-electing John Plyler as our treasurer and Diane Swofford as our secretary.
    Also elected at the convention were several new faces: Brandon Newton as first vice chair, Jerry Holt as second vice chair and Earl Capps as state executive committeeman.

  • Wellness is essential to leading productive life

    Pathways to Wellness – this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month – calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health.
    Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life. However, we may have different ideas about what wellness means. Hopefully, one will agree it involves a set of skills and strategies to prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and well-being.

  • Sacrifice was for nothing good

    “Sometimes, for the greater good, sacrifices must be made.” While the author of this quote is unknown, politics has often demanded such sacrifice for a greater good in our society.
    Our state is blessed with magnificent mountains, fabulous foothills and beautiful beaches, bringing folks from across the country to vacation. In fact, tourism is one of the major contributors to the state’s economy, job market and tax base. Six years ago, the Legislature was confronted with such a question of sacrifice, for the greater good.

  • Liberals ignore God’s law

    When God had enough contempt and defiance from man, he startled the thousands of workers building the tower of Babel by confusing their speech.
    All those workers went from speaking one language to many different ones. Not able to communicate with one another, the tower fell into decay and was never finished.  
    Today, there are more than 6,000 languages spoken throughout the world.  
    JAARS Bible translators at Waxhaw  have done a magnificent job of translating many languages of the world into English.  

  • Treasurer committed to county taxpayers

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service to the people who pay our bills, as part of my commitment to put taxpayers first in Lancaster County.
    So we can better serve you and assist you with any questions or problems, it’s important that you know what my office does, as well as what it does not do.
    As Lancaster County treasurer, I am responsible for collecting property taxes and serving as the county’s banker, maintaining the county’s bank accounts.

  • Senate now considering 2013-14 state budget

    This is the point in the year when the S.C. Legislature is in full swing and I want you to know how very much I appreciate the trust you have placed in me to represent you in the S.C. House of Representatives.