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Columns

  • Vietnam vet had angels watching over him

    The struggles of the first battles are over. The soldiers who fought them are now safely home. They can dream of doing things they once did…but for some, it will only be a dream.

    These soldiers have returned scarred and disabled. The next battle, much harder and longer than the first, is just beginning. The disabled soldiers will need the committed love and help of others to endure their struggle.   

    Those who choose to care for them are angels in our presence. These angels are real. This is one such story. It is true.

  • Boo Fest true success

    On Friday, Oct. 31, the city of Lancaster hosted its 13th annual Boo Fun Fest in historic downtown Lancaster.

    Catawba Street at City Hall became a place where the children of Lancaster could gather for an evening of games and treats, without the tricks.

  • Stand up, be quiet for our veterans

    Editor’s note: We are reprinting this Remember When column, which was originally published in the Nov. 8, 2008, edition of The Lancaster News, at the request of our readers.

    At one time, the significance of Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – wasn’t lost on anyone.

    Of course, World War I ended years before I was born, but Uncle Harry made sure I was well-schooled on what he called the War to End All Wars.

    There was a bunch of World War I soldiers around, too.

  • Why a gas tax hike is a terrible idea

    The issue of road funding – or, to put it slightly differently, the question of how South Carolina should fix its broken road system – is now a constant topic in politics and the media. A fair number of state lawmakers have therefore begun to advocate what politicians always advocate when they don’t want to make tough decisions about the budget – raising taxes, specifically the fuel tax.

  • South Carolina women, Afghanistan and Rwanda

    The world is shrinking and with the Internet we are now all hyper-connected. One result of this is that where once we looked at problems as local or maybe state and national issues, now we can see issues simultaneously on a local to global level – all at the same time and in real time.

  • We must find ways to repair our roads

    You’ve probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina’s roads and bridges, and how to fund their repairs and maintenance.

    Policy-makers agree that the issue will be front and center when the Legislature convenes in January. The unanswered question is where to find the billions of dollars needed to fix them – and whether there will be an increase in the gas tax, raising pump prices.

  • Two teenagers inspire and renew my spirit

    In September, I was invited to watch Jaden Mix, a ninth-grader at North Central High School, run in a 3 ½ mile cross country track race at Lancaster High School stadium.

    Once I heard the name Jaden, I dropped everything to cheer him on. Although quiet and reserved, one Sunday, I saw Jaden go to the front of the church with a full congregation and pray a prayer with no reservation.

  • President’s policies have made U.S. vulnerable

    This election year is important for one reason. The party that wins will supposedly either stop the Obama admnistration policies or continue them.

  • Time for new probate judge

    The issues related to the Lancaster County Probate Court are ones which hit close to home in Lancaster County.

    While the incumbent has had years to lead the court, there are growing questions about how the court is really doing in serving the citizens of Lancaster County.

    The most important function of the court is to settle estates, helping families who have lost loved ones. But the records show these families are being let down by a staggering backlog of cases in the probate court.

  • Voters have a chance to make a difference on Nov. 4

    I just thought I would put in a good word for Sandy Estridge – our current probate judge who has presided for more than 20 years in that capacity.

    Prior to becoming the probate judge, Sandy was employed by Charlie Connelly as a tax expert.

    I have always been very pleased with her service on my personal taxes during tax season at that time, and I had numerous friends who were pleased as well.

    She and her staff do an outstanding job probating estates.