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Columns

  • S.C, immigration and ‘Us vs. them’

    First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment, but a simple geo-political fact.

    Whether it’s the Ukraine and invading Russians, Japan defending obscure costal islands or ancient Rome resisting Hannibal and his elephants coming over the Alps from Carthage, it is exactly the same. A nation’s borders must be secure.

  • Is our country making any progress?

    In 1972, 42 states had laws in their constitution that forbid the killing of children in the womb – 42 sates out of 50. At the time that would have been the representative voice of about 220 million people.

    However nine judges decided that this majority, or preponderance of voices, should not and would not be heard as they ruled that women may kill their unborn child. So much for majority rule and democracy.

  • USCL provides an ‘educational awakening’

    Late last year, the University of South Carolina Lancaster archivist posted on the USCL Facebook page a 1963 clipping from The Lancaster News.

    Mrs. T.W. Boyce urged the citizens of Lancaster to support the continued growth of the four-year-old extension of USCL by donating money for the construction of Hubbard Hall.

  • Making the case for low taxes

    They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.” They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they’ve secured public funding.

    But all too often, politicians forget to thank the people who made it possible – the taxpayers.

  • Pelham: Hire candidates with highest qualifications

    Many of you may know that recently the Lancaster County School District filled another top-level position entitled director of secondary education.

    What many of you may not know is that of the three finalists interviewed for this top-level position two were minority females, who I think had more qualifications than the person selected for the position.

  • ‘Stupid is as stupid does’

    Is there anyone who does not recognize this brilliant comment from the movie “Forest Gump?”

    I’m sure that the scriptwriters who penned this statement never imagined how mainstream this observation on life would become.

    The year is 2014. It is again time for a mid-term election. Is there any doubt as to the outcome of this exercise in futility?

  • Just fixing the court backlog is not enough

    In about 90 days, the people of Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties will go to the polls to elect a new circuit solicitor, known as a district attorney in other areas.

    Much will be made of the backlog of pending criminal cases in our circuit during the solicitor’s election and it is, of course, a tremendous issue, particularly in Lancaster County.

  • Overlay designed to slow traffic

    If you commute to Charlotte or regularly travel on U.S. 521, you might want to contact members of Lancaster County Council and ask what they are doing.

    They passed the Panhandle Highway Corridor Overlay District so they could fix it. Now is the time to fix it.

    Often it has been said, the devil is in the details.

    “Our goal is by bringing the buildings forward, creating landscaping, it’s going to slow down the traffic,” said the county’s consultant from North Carolina.

  • Tips for keeping your cat calm

    Statepoint Media

    The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such disruptive things as summer thunderstorms and road trips.

    And unfortunately behavioral issues are the No. 1 reason for euthanasia in dogs and cats, resulting in the death of about 15 million pets each year.

  • Beware Common Core lite in S.C.

    On several recent occasions you may have heard pundits or public officials claim that South Carolina has gotten rid of Common Core.

    The implication is that the state has retaken power from the federal government over education policy. There’s some truth in that, and it’s certainly encouraging to see some state officials moving in that direction, but to claim South Carolina has regained sovereignty over its academic standards would be – unfortunately – far from the truth.