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Columns

  • Column: Defending ‘progressive left’ principles

    In reading the letters, comments and columns printed in these pages over the years, one could easily get the impression that holders of “progressive left” values are responsible for everything from the Biblical Flood to the Black Plague to the entire national debt, not to mention adolescent acne.

  • Editor's Column: William McCoy’s missteps come back to baffle him

    When candidates make colossal blunders, you learn a lot about them. 

    Donald Trump declared war on a Muslim Gold Star couple who criticized him at the Democratic convention. And he ranted for a week after the first debate about a Miss Universe who gained weight. 

  • Column: Chamber: Local races, alcohol vote deserve close attention Nov. 8

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored two candidate forums this year, featuring candidates for local races including Lancaster City Council District 3, Lancaster County sheriff, S.C. House District 45 and U.S. House District 5.

    Certainly, most people have been paying close attention to the presidential race, whether they wanted to or not. It has truly been hard to avoid.

  • Candidate Column: Mainstream conservatives must look for a new party

    The leaders of the Republican Party forfeited its future when they allowed Donald Trump and his radical-right followers to hijack their party, and America won’t know the future of its partisan politics until after the election. Political pundits predict that Hillary Clinton will be elected president despite her unpopularity, and that the Republican Party will be left in disarray.  

  • Candidate Column: In judging public servants, syntax isn’t that important

    I would like to comment on an article in Wednesday’s Lancaster News entitled “Harris, Blackmon discuss city’s finances, crime, business climate.”
    As I said on Oct. 24 during the forum, running for city council again was a hard decision for me to make. Maya Angelou stated, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

  • Column: I’m outraged about all the moral outrage

    Welcome to the new age of moral outrage! I have been listening to various news shows, and all are caught up in the various scandals of the hour.
    Trump has taken center stage for his womanizing, while Hillary hides behind various network apologists for her revelations through WikiLeaks. The other two candidates are not outrageous enough to warrant notice, even though Johnson’s involvement with the marijuana industry would have been a big story a few years ago, but there seems to be no interest today.

  • Column: Mulvaney lacks empathy required of leaders

    I have often played Monday morning quarterback after seeing one of my favorite teams lose a game when a coach calls a play I disagree with or watching a quarterback make an errant throw. I make these criticisms with an unmistakable certainty that the outcome would have been different if only I would have been the decision-maker instead of the other person.

  • Candidate Column: Newton: Here's my agenda

    It has almost been a year now since I decided to run for the State House District 45 seat. Running for the S.C. House has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my life. Getting out to talk with people about their dreams and aspirations for Lancaster County and South Carolina is something I will always cherish and it’s something I look forward to doing more of should you elect me as your next state representative.
    Better roads

  • Column: We must see past political parties

    I have watched both presidential debates, listened each
    day to CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
    As a pastor who was created by God to be African-American, I have become utterly disgusted as well as enlightened by this presidential election process. It has shown the ignorance, brokenness, hypocrisy and unresolved issues of race relations in our country and unfortunately in my city. It has shown the power of media to “spin” facts and confuse voters.

  • Column: Charter school makes learning fun, exciting

    From the beginning, you know this school is different.
    Young children bound out of the cars with excitement and run to hug the principal. He greets each student by name, and then they scamper inside laughing and excited.
    Inside, the walls are crowded with lots of kids’ art work, pictures of students receiving awards and inspirational quotes from people like Steve Jobs. Pennants from the teachers’ colleges hang outside every classroom door.