• Physicals cornerstone of healthy school year

    There are many things that must be done before sending your child back to school. In addition to buying new clothes and stocking your child’s backpack with the right supplies, make sure she or he has an annual physical and the proper immunizations to start the new school year on a healthy foundation.

  • Prayer allowed in CFF

    I 90 percent agree with Carl M. Miles’s recent letter, “America needs to return to God.”

    The only reason I say 90 percent is that the Supreme Court did decree in 2001 that Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) was approved to conduct non-denominational Good News clubs, like Sunday school, in public schools in their after-school programs.

  • The truth of consequences

    Is it possible for people to be smart and foolish, educated and unwise? The elected leaders of America, our judges and our progressive ideology seem to say yes. When one studies the ideology of the political progressive left I would say yes.

  • Jimmy Carter – a life of virtue

    It was announced recently that Jimmy Carter has cancer. I don’t know what will happen, or if it will cut short his life, though I’m not sure “cut short” applies to a man that is 90 years old.

    The one thing I do know is Carter will deal with his illness just as he has lived – with courage, determination, good humor and faith.

  • IL residents disappointed with board

    I would like to take a minute and thank the Indian Land Action Council for taking the time to facilitate a communication meeting between the Lancaster County school board and Indian Land residents.

    I thank the residents who attended the meeting and who were looking forward to an opportunity to hear our elected officials explain a plan for Indian Land schools.

  • State workers must take ethics training

    The new state Department of Administration paid about $61,000 for a web-based training program on ethics that some 24,000 state employees will have to watch.

    Under a 2014 executive order by Gov. Nikki Haley establishing the “State Employee Code of Conduct Task Force,” which made the training recommendations, the instruction is mandatory for workers in the governor’s 17 cabinet agencies and Governor’s Office.

  • Cops deal with issues we avoid

    Retiree Day at the Lancaster Police Department was Aug. 7. Nine of us gathered at the pistol range to eat biscuits, drink coffee, tell war stories and qualify to carry a concealed weapon.

    The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004, requires local departments to provide a qualified law enforcement retiree with a valid concealed carry ID and to qualify them with their handgun once a year at the officer’s expense.

    The Feds don’t require the biscuits, the coffee or the war stories.

  • Congress should not deny deal with Iran

    It is time for all Americans to become familiar with the details and the consequences with the deal with Iran if Congress overturns it.

    We must first be aware this deal is not exclusively between the United States and lran. Russia, China, France,

    Germany and the UK are partners in this agreement. To deny this deal would be an embarrassment to the United States.

    Additionally, Russia and China, with possibly another European country, are ready to drop their sanctions and start trading with Iran.

  • Forests, timberlands need fair tax policies

    It’s easy to take South Carolina’s forests for granted. They cover two-thirds of the total area of the state, and the forest industry is an economic engine that brings $17.4 billion to South Carolina each year.

    The benefits of our working forests stretch well beyond rural jobs and the economy. They contribute to our quality of life through clean air and water, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.

  • USCL ready for new year

    According to the tenets of our general education goals, the University of South Carolina Lancaster “seeks to make education accessible, affordable and convenient; encourages teaching innovation and adaptation; encourages participatory student learning; provides a supportive educational climate that actively and positively addresses intellectual and cultural diversity; and responds affirmatively to the needs of its students.”