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Columns

  • Does NASCAR benefit from S.C. lawmaker?

    In the popular comedy movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” NASCAR racing teammate Cal Naughton Jr. decides at one point to give himself a new nickname: “Mr. Magic Man.”
    “Now you see me; now you don’t,” Cal explains to Ricky.
    “That is the stupidest nickname I’ve ever heard,” Ricky replies.
    “Is it, Rick? ‘Cuz I think you wish you thought of it,” Cal responds.
    “All right, you got me,” Ricky concedes. “That’s an awesome nickname.”

  • Progressivism is a weapon of mass Detroition

    Detroit has been served exclusively by Democrat leadership since 1962. Coincident with that 50-year period, the city began a steady state of entropy that culminated in the recent bankruptcy filing.
    The policies of the Detroit leadership have produced an unsustainable number of people on benefits – free stuff – that have not been paid for.

  • 5-year-old girl gets memorable birthday

    My family has always made it a weekend tradition to travel to Bojangles’ to eat breakfast and see other family and friendly acquaintances.
    Now, I love my sweet little Annabelle more than anything. My wife and I lost our firstborn, Michaela, about six years ago.
    My wife carried the child mostly full term within one week, then had to endure a stillborn birth. I find no fault in the wife I love, but having to endure that tragedy changed the both of us.
    A little while later, our sweet daughter, Annabelle, was born. She is so precious to both of us.

  • Cruisers’ goal to give back to community

    Helping Other People Effectively (HOPE) in Lancaster Inc. is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides short-term emergency assistance to those in crisis.
    It was an honor for Memory Lane Cruisers to help HOPE celebrate its 30th anniversary by sponsoring it with its annual car show. Memory Lane Cruisers were excited to give HOPE Inc. a check for $500.
    On May 18, 2013, Memory Lane Cruisers held its annual car show in the old K-Mart parking lot. Thirty-seven cards, trucks and motorcycles from around the state participated.

  • NC’s ‘Moral Monday’: Coming Soon to SC?

    The first question anyone would ask is “what in the heck is “Moral Monday” and why would it want to come to South Carolina?”
    When I first heard about Moral Monday, I had no idea what it was and thought it must have something to do with a bunch of Bible-thumping TV evangelists who didn’t get enough of the thumping on Sunday and kept it all going till Monday.

  • S.C.’s real problem with regulation

    Unfortunately, we live in a world in which pedicures and funeral parlor bathrooms are serious issues for state government.
    Last week, the Regulatory Review Task Force, established by Gov. Nikki Haley earlier this year, met at the Statehouse to hear comments and concerns by citizens. Among the citizens were representatives of the S.C. Board of Funeral Service and the S.C. Board of Cosmetology.

  • Limit government overreach with Free Flow of Information Act

    The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal email and cell phone records, branding him a “possible co-conspirator” in a classified leak case for asking questions of a government source.
    These revelations sent shockwaves throughout newsrooms nationwide. Reporters can no longer assure their sources that interviews will remain confidential because there is no way to tell whether the government is listening.

  • End distracted driving now

    I confess: I used to make the choice to drive while distracted. Every time we get behind the wheel, we have a choice:  the wise one to focus on the serious responsibility of operating a motor vehicle or the hazardous one to use the “down time” of driving doing other things.
    The worst part is that  we all depend on the other drivers to make the wise choice – conscious or not.

  • Conflicted? Five lawmakers make millions from Medicaid

    Over the past six fiscal years, medical businesses with ties to five S.C. lawmakers collectively have received more than $10 million in Medicaid payments, The Nerve found in a review of state Medicaid records.
    Two of the lawmakers – Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence and an emergency room doctor, and Rep. Kit Spires, R-Lexington and a pharmacist – didn’t report any of their Medicaid amounts on their six most recent annual statements of economic interests filed with the State Ethics Commission, though Spires contends he is not required to do so.

  • Like Naaman, we need to heed God’s word

    The Bible contains pictures of saving faith, the faith which brings people into a right relationship with God. In 2 Kings 5, Naaman, a leprous Syrian general, found cleansing through obeying the command of the Hebrew prophet Elisha.
    Naaman was the courageous pagan commander of the Syrian army, highly regarded because through him God had given deliverance to Syria.
    A young Jewish girl worked in Naaman’s home as a servant to his wife. She felt compassion for Naaman and mentioned to his wife that there was a prophet in Samaria who would heal him of his disease.