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Columns

  • Column: Thank you, Lancaster, for your kindness and encouragement

    Somehow, I managed to convince my husband that we needed a family photo. So, there we are, standing in front of a pair of cedars out in the field.

    My husband and our daughter are to my right, and we’re all smiling for the camera. To my left is my son, Chad, and he’s staring off to the left at something only he can see, doing that thing he does with his hands. It’s a good shot, and it captures our family perfectly.

  • Column: State’s schools rank dead last, and no one is held accountable

    Some will think this is too strong. I don’t. Just read on and make up your own mind.
    Recently, U.S. News and World Report released a study of the 50 states based on 68 different metrics in seven categories: health care, education, infrastructure, crime/corrections, opportunity, economy and government. For the full report, Google: U.S. News and World Report Best States.

  • Column: Joining the masses in cyberspace isn’t worth sacrificing peace, quiet

    There is no doubt that the Internet has brought about transformational changes in the way we obtain information, conduct business and communicate with others. This Digital Age gives us great advantage.
    With just a smart phone, one can Google and access all sorts of otherwise hard-to-find information. Through numerous sites, we can shop for all kinds of goods and services and get the latest worldwide news. With an iPhone, we can send videos of choice to anyone connected online.

  • Column: Democrats working to invalidate election

    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama gave Vladimir Putin a “reset button.” That did a lot of good.
    Putin invaded Crimea, a Ukrainian territory, and then annexed it. Putin sent military help to Syria to squash an uprising against a dictator – President Bashar al-Assad. Then Russia helped Assad kill thousands of Syrians, some with chemical weapons.
    What was President Obama’s response? He drew a red line. He also was caught on an open mic telling the Russians he’d be more flexible with them after the 2012 election.

  • Status report: House OKs 3 big pieces of legislation

    Some say politicians never get anything done. Whoever said that missed recent events in the State House, where in just three days, the S.C. House tackled three major issues facing our state: Reforming highway funding and the S.C. Department of Transportation, fixing the state employees’ pension system, and modernizing state-issued identification cards to meet higher Homeland Security standards.

    Road repairs

  • Column: Take redistricting out of legislature’s hands

    It’s a given that South Carolina’s State House politics is dysfunctional on a good day and thoroughly corrupt on most days.
    There is a big reform idea that has surfaced that may be the single biggest thing we could do to reform this broken system – and it’s getting some traction.
    The big reform idea is an independent reapportionment commission that would draw the lines for legislative districts.
    OK, I can hear the yawns and the mumbles. “What kind of arcane policy wonk stuff is he talking about now?”

  • Column: Not a huge deal, but does state need to meddle with an eclipse?

    Last week the legislature passed a joint resolution that allows school districts to start the next school year on Thursday, Aug. 17. Without this resolution, schools could not start before the third Monday of that month, Aug. 21 – the day of a solar eclipse.

  • Column: Trump inspires, Democrats sulk on the big stage

    Tuesday night, America saw President Trump give what 76 percent of viewers thought was a great speech to Congress. But the Democrats saw it as only another chance to express their disbelief and demagoguery, which seems to be their only strategy.
    Trump’s speech drew much praise for its positive dream of national unity. It offered real hope and promised true change, but if you were watching the Democratic side of the aisle, it looked like a funeral service, with an occasional exception for scattered applause.

  • Column: Friends of Del Webb Library seeks support

    Thank you to the Indian Land community from the Friends of the Del Webb Library for another wonderful year. Because of your support of the Friends, we were able to fulfill our mission to promote and support the literary, educational and community roles of the Del Webb Library.
    The Friends ended 2016 with 381 members. In addition, we partnered with 42 businesses in the Indian Land community. These businesses support the Friends by offering discounts on goods and services to Friends members or through monetary donations. These business partnerships are ongoing and growing.

  • Column: Will S.C. force doctors to join advocacy group?

    Manufacturers such as Boeing are said to be drawn to South Carolina because it’s a right-to-work state, something state political leaders tout.
    It’s spelled out in state law: “The right of persons to work must not be denied or abridged because of membership or non-membership in a labor union or labor organization.”