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Columns

  • God commends the faithful

    The Bible declares that God is faithful, meaning that he is firm, reliable, steadfast, sure, dependable, and trustworthy. The Hebrew word for faithful is “aman,” from which we derive our English word “Amen.”

  • Time for new leadership in South Carolina

    As our college students head home for summer vacation, they face an overwhelming burden of debt due to Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget cuts.

    Her budget cuts have forced South Carolina’s colleges to have the highest tuition in the Southeast. Haley talks about building our economy, but refuses to allow money in the budget to build a foundation for an affordable higher education system.

  • Carnes explains our county budget process

    In this month’s column, I will discuss the budget process used by Lancaster County.

    At the June 23 County Council meeting, the 2014-15 county budget was on the County Council agenda for final approval. However, the budget process began more than six months earlier in December 2013.

  • Community festivals fun and beneficial

    Next month, I’ll be attending the Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert.

    The Peach Festival is one of my home county’s proud traditions. For nearly 60 years, tens of thousands have flocked to this small town on Independence Day weekend to pay tribute to one of our state’s favorite summertime fruits.

  • Constitution more than ‘just piece of paper’

    I am writing this in response to John Lage’s article, “The tea party believes in the Constitution,” published in the May 21 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Mr. Lage, I have spent most of my adult life as an educator, first as a high school teacher of U.S. History for nine years and 25 years as a college professor of theater and speech.

    I spent many years in classrooms in preparation for my work. I have multiple degrees, including a high school diploma. Therefore, I am well acquainted with the classroom.

  • County vs. schools: What needs to happen

    Residential developers need good local schools and good county services for their houses to sell and to make new residents happy. The county and the school district are both suffering from the long term emphasis on homebuilding in Indian Land that has led to a property tax base that does not expand its revenue as fast as it expands its need for services.

  • Lies continue to come from White House

    It seems Susan “the unreliable” Rice has been sent out to spread fabrications to make the Obama administration look good once again.

    You’d think that after the Benghazi debacle of lies, someone would have learned a lesson about lying to the American people. But after her first round of lies, she was promoted to national security advisor so she could not be forced to testify about Benghazi.

  • Ms. Mike Hammer promotes her book

     

    The email arrived about a month ahead of the 18th South Carolina Book Festival, held May 17-19 in Columbia, asking if I would moderate a session or two.

    Since my next book, “Southern Justice: The Execution of George Stinney Jr.,” won’t be published until early next year, I had offered to moderate a session at this year’s festival.

  • County headed for another ‘tax to the max’ year

    The Lancaster County general fund budget for fiscal year 2015 is coming in at $40.3 million, up from $38 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2014 and $35 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2013. The maximum tax increase of 2.3 mills for 2015 raises the property tax rate to a total of 78 mills.

    For 2015, there is also a special above-the-cap property tax increase of 0.75 mills to provide extra help for the solicitor, public defender and magistrate’s court to reduce the time defendants spend awaiting trial.

  • The Rev. Lane practiced his love-the-people philosophy

    One of the favorite sayings of my grandaddy, the late Ross Williams, involved our penchant for being too judgmental of others.

    I heard him say more than once, “Son, be careful about pointin’ a finger at others.”

    “Now, look down at your hand,” Grandaddy Ross would say, “There are three fingers pointin’ right back at you.”

    Even now, 30 years after his death, that comes to mind.