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Columns

  • Wilt column: Refusal to fund criminal justice system denies constitutional rights

    The Lancaster County fiscal year 2015-16 administrator’s recommended budget was posted on the county website on Thursday, April 2, and presented to the County Council’s Administration Committee the same day.
    In a surprising development, the serious difficulties in the Lancaster County criminal justice system are not adequately addressed in this budget, as they were not addressed in the 2014-15 budget.

  • Pitts column: Restricting PSE won’t fix meth problem

    As a former law enforcement officer, I have seen firsthand the unfortunate effects of meth on South Carolina. While meth production is undoubtedly a national issue, S.C. policymakers and law enforcement cannot ignore the threats presented by the influx of meth coming into the United States from Mexico.
    According to the DEA, 90 percent of meth found within American borders was produced in Mexico. Between 2009 and 2014, the amount of meth seized at the Mexican border increased by over 500 percent.

  • Lanning column: Have you believed in Jesus' resurrection?

    The biblical evidence for Christ’s resurrection is substantial.
    On the day he arose from the dead, he appeared five different times to one or more of his disciples. First, he appeared to Mary Magdalene. Next, he appeared to several women near the empty tomb. Sometime during that day, he appeared to Peter, and that afternoon he appeared to two disciples walking on the Emmaus road. That night, he appeared to his 11 apostles and others with them in Jerusalem.

  • Mollette column: Jesus did not discriminate, and we shouldn’t either

    Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter. This is the Christian holiday. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.
    Intimidated, scared, crazy followers of Jesus were filled with courage and new hope as they saw and touched Jesus after his resurrection. Those young frightened men suddenly became world changers and were willing to die for what they had experienced. The hope they promoted and wrote about is still impacting billions of people on the planet today who follow Christ and the Bible.

  • Miller column: Why do we hate?

    Hate is a harsh word for a harsh emotion. Some may hate you because you’re black or because you’re white. Others may hate you because you’re Christian or Jewish. They may hate you because you’re gay or straight. Maybe it’s because you’re tall, short, fat, thin, pretty, ugly, red-skinned, yellow-skinned, smart, stupid. They may hate you just because you are different than them. I could go on ad infinitum, but you get the point.

  • Koffman column: Beware of S.C. HOAs

    From the mountains to the shore, South Carolina has much to offer. What it fails to offer are laws to protect the estimated 1.5 million people living in a community governed by a homeowners association.
    Here’s a sampling of what can happen to you if you live in an HOA-governed community in this state. Imagine your reaction if you were a victim:
    • A developer reigns as head of your HOA for nearly half a century, practicing a “dictator” management style.

  • Burwell column: Keep our nation’s school lunches healthy

    Every parent has dreams for their child. We want them to grow up strong and healthy. We tell them to dream big and work hard so that they can be anything they want to be. We want them to take the world by storm.

  • Schmidt column: United Nations is a farce

    I am sure that you saw from your news source the report from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women released March 20.
    It was a nice 17-page document that will warm you up on a cold evening.
    Just remember, it is not what your news source tells you that is important, it most likely is what they do not tell you that is important.
    It is hard, if not impossible, to overstate the corruption and ineptitude of the United Nations.

  • Wilson column: State fighting back against food stamp fraud

    Every day, in every area of our state, hard-working South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same.
    Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.

  • Helms column: Buying a new vehicle means paying taxes

    Most people like having new vehicles. A new convertible would be especially nice for the springtime. Unfortunately, with new vehicles come taxes, and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax for the vehicle to the S.C Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).