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Columns

  • Column: Democrats obstructionist?

    I am responding to Brooks Walker’s March 17 column “Democrats are redefining the party.”
    Dr. Walker states that the Democrats’ one goal is to “get Trump.” Apparently, Dr. Walker must have forgotten Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement at the beginning of Obama’s first term that the Republican’s goal was to block any and all legislation initiated by Obama.

  • Column: Sen. Courson’s shocking indictment

    Last Thursday, state Sen. John Courson was indicted by a state grand jury on three ethics charges. He was immediately suspended from the Senate.
    The indictment alleges that the Columbia Republican funneled nearly $250,000 in campaign contributions to the political consulting firm of Richard Quinn and Associates, which then returned almost $133,000 to Courson for his personal use.
    The reaction around the state has been universal shock and disbelief.

  • Column: Let’s count all the ways Trump is getting off to a terrible start

    This is a response to the Feb. 10 letter “Trump Will Make America Great Again.”
    When I hear that statement, I can’t help but wonder what is wrong with America now? If our great country is so bad, why do people flock to this land for better opportunities.
    Most of us know someone who was been overseas protecting our way of life. Some of our daddies fought in Vietnam and a lot of our granddaddies fought the Nazis and Japanese in World War II.

  • Column: No reason to pat Trump on the back

    This is a response to Dr. L. Brooks Walker’s March 17 article “Democrats are redefining the party.”
    He wrote: “Democratic representatives in Washington have set aside their elected responsibilities to adopt one goal – ‘get Trump.’ They don’t seem interested in legislating, only blocking whatever might be credited to Trump in a positive way.”
    Has President Trump done anything positive in his first 50 days? Nothing I know of.

  • Column: Sims Foundation embracing a new direction

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation vision
    “We envision the communities we serve as places where all people join together to build on community assets for current and future generations, and where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is continuing a journey that we started in 2016 – listening to the people we serve, reflecting on what we hear, and acting collaboratively with partners to strengthen our community.

  • Column: As proms begin, let’s be vigilant on DUI and drinking parties

    In 2001, the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth was formed and is now led by a network of over 40 local public, private, civic and faith-based organizations.
    Over that time, the coalition has worked to raise awareness and address a wide range of problem youth behaviors such as substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy and gang affiliation.  
    One project sponsored by the coalition, “Take ‘U’ out of DUI,” addresses two important community problems: driving under the influence of alcohol and underage drinking.

  • Column: Keeping the conversation going about race, policing

    Almost six months ago, the “Let’s Talk About It” community forum was held at Lancaster High School to engage in a discussion related to violence, law enforcement and race.
    With almost 200 in attendance, the forum brought together people from different races, ages, socioeconomic groups and geographies.  With support from Sheriff Barry Faile and then-Police Chief Harleen Carter, the audience began the process of discussing ways to prevent violence and other problems from occurring in our community.  

  • Column: Democrats are redefining the party

    We are witnessing the revelation of the real Democratic Party.
    Democratic representatives in Washington have set aside their elected responsibilities to adopt one goal – “get Trump.” They don’t seem interested in legislating, only blocking whatever might be credited to Trump in a positive way.
    Democrats claim to be for the working man, but they wanted to block the pipeline that created thousands of jobs in construction and the steel industry. The Democrats want to block the wall, which also would create jobs.

  • Column: The conflicts of interest just keep coming in our Capitol

    Last week, as the state Senate discussed the so-called pension reform bill, Sen. Sandy Senn stood up to ask a few very specific questions about a proposed amendment and how it would affect law enforcement officers.
    In looking into why the Charleston Republican had a very narrow interest about what the bill would do for police, I found that she was an attorney who has worked for the S.C. Sheriffs Association, based on her Statement of Economic Interest.

  • Column: Sunshine on government is for the people, not the press

    It is Sunshine Week in South Carolina.
    The week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.
    But every week in our state, newspapers are stepping up to see that the public has access to government meetings and records.
    You might not know about these efforts, but if you read on you will learn of some of the outstanding ones entered this year into the S.C. Press Association’s Freedom of Information contests.