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Columns

  • Column: Dr. Sims cured a severe malady for many generations of women

    This is a response to last Sunday’s article about controversy over statues honoring Dr. J. Marion Sims.
    The article noted that Dr. Sims used enslaved African-American women for experimental surgeries in the mid-1800s. Let me add some detail and context.

  • Column: False choices limit the path to real change

    Neil Robinson is a man who should be listened to.
    He is an eminent Charleston attorney with a prestigious statewide law firm. He is respected by his peers and community. With his head full of white hair, his well-tailored suits and his air of quiet confidence, he has a distinguished and slightly imposing bearing.
    But none of this is why we should all listen to him.

  • Column: Why Confederate monuments should stay

    Go to Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse and stand beneath the Confederate monument out front.
    This stately monument was unveiled June 4, 1909. It is one of the 52 such monuments that stand entrusted to our care in South Carolina.
    Better yet, go to the state Capitol grounds in Columbia and read the inscription on the monument there. It was erected by the organization Women of South Carolina to commemorate the Confederate soldiers. The inscription reads, in part:

    Let the South Carolinian
    Of another generation
    Remember

  • Column: Action plan for resisting hate groups

    Most everyone was outraged by what happened in Charlottesville. If you are in that tiny sliver of humanity that was not outraged, well….
    It is only human to react by asking, “What can I do?”

  • Column: Scott: President has undercut his moral authority

    Editor’s note: Sen. Tim Scott has joined the national debate over President Trump’s comments after the Charlottesville protests. Here are excerpts of his interview Sunday with host John Dickerson on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

    John Dickerson: I want to start with your remarks about the president and the idea that his moral authority is compromised. What does that mean?

  • Column: Probate judge: I won’t run again

    After many months of prayer and consultation with friends and family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election as Lancaster County probate judge next year.
    It has truly been the honor of my life to serve the people of Lancaster County for the last 22 years. We came into this office with the same priorities that we proudly leave with: compassion, integrity and patience.  
    I have always looked at this office as non-political, and I have worked tirelessly to avoid influence by the political rancor of our time.

  • Column: Postal Service needs a leg up from Congress

    Most people get mail every day except Sunday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?  
    We found out a few years ago, when the U.S. postmaster general had to take away overnight first-class and periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.

  • Column: USCL marks 2 anniversaries this year

    In the coming school year, USC Lancaster’s 59th year, we will celebrate two significant anniversaries.
    This year we will mark five years of access to four-year degrees through Palmetto College, and on Oct. 5 our Native American Studies Center on Main Street in Lancaster turns five. These milestones present significant opportunities for current and future educators.

    Palmetto College

  • Column: Apostles were protected by God

    In Acts 5, the wonder-working apostles won multitudes to Christ, but the jealous rulers of the Jews rose up to oppose them. They arrested and jailed all the apostles, but God intervened by sending one of his angels by night to open the prison doors and lead them out. 

    He then told them: "Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life." The next morning they resumed teaching the people there.

  • Column: President is getting a raw deal

    Like everyone who watches the news, I have been inundated with the story of the protest in Charlottesville.
    After days of watching CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox News and MSNBC, I’m troubled by the lack of focus on what actually happened in Charlottesville last Saturday. Most of the coverage has concerned President Trump’s comments about the event.
    Many of the news outlets are not reporting news as much as taking another opportunity to display their political bias and hatred toward Trump.