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Columns

  • Column: For Christians, Easter marks history’s most important event

    Easter. Resurrection Sunday. The culmination of Passion Week. In my opinion, we’re celebrating the most significant day in human history.
    There have been numerous days of momentous importance in the scope of human existence. Days that altered national, international, even world history. But in comparison with this one day – resurrection Sunday – all other days of significance fade into blips on the timeline of humanity.

  • Column: Occasionally, politics works as intended

    Politics has become a dirty word.
    It’s about crass politicians talking about “little hands” and other body parts. It’s sleazy lobbyists who dole out campaign contributions for lawmakers’ votes. It’s politicians who spout fear, bigotry and lies simply because they can. It’s a system of gerrymandered districts that make it impossible for reasonable moderate people to get elected. It’s regular citizens and their interests getting steamrolled by special interest and special influence.
    It does not have to be this way.

  • Column: Noble’s ideas on public records irresponsible, even nonsensical

    In his grand pronouncement in Friday’s Lancaster News, Phil Noble, president of the S.C. New Democrats, proclaimed that all information in the possession of the government that is compiled by or required by the government, must be made readily available to the taxpayers. This is apparently in support of his concept of open government.
    The only exceptions that he allows for are personnel records and sensitive business negotiations.
    Let me offer a few examples to illustrate just how nonsensical and irresponsible his position really is.

  • Column: S.C. needs more resources to fight insurance fraud

    Insurance fraud is a rapidly growing criminal enterprise, and it is happening right here in South Carolina. Nationally, insurance fraud costs $30 billion each year.
    In one recent example, Darlene Pritchett presented a claim to her insurance company for more than $12,000 after she reported her car engulfed in flames. Investigation showed the vehicle was locked and parked in her driveway with Ms. Pritchett having the only set of keys. A towel soaked in lighter fluid was found in the back floorboard.

  • Column: If taxpayers paid for it, it’s a public record

    This is Sunshine Week. What the heck is this, you might rightly ask, and why should I care?
    Is it the big tourist promotion campaign in Myrtle Beach to get all the Canadians to come south and jump in the ocean long before any South Carolinian in their right mind would do so?
    No, it’s not that. It relates to government.
    Sunshine Week is something that the newspaper and media people care a lot about (and since I’ve been doing this column for several years now, I guess I’m one of “them”) – so pay attention.

  • Column: Give Local: New way to support nonprofits

    The recent excitement over the DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding event that raised $14 million to fund school projects in Lancaster and across the country drives home just how impactful on-line giving has become.
    This giving initiative reached 12,000 classrooms in 47 states and will provide such things as field trips, art supplies and technology.

  • Column: Muennich: Why you should vote ‘Yes’ on referendum

    The upcoming school bond referendum has created a lot of questions. As a current member of the Buford Community and raised in the AJ/Buford area, and as a member of the Financial Needs Committee, here are the reasons I am choosing to support this bond.

  • Column: County chamber urges ‘yes’ vote for our future

    Vote Yes!
    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all county residents to vote “yes” for our children on Tuesday, March 22.
    The chamber’s vision is to make Lancaster County a better place to live, work and do business, and we believe this vision is a basic concept that everyone desires for our county.
    To achieve this goal requires a number of key building blocks, and the cornerstone block is education. Our county will prosper if we succeed in three areas:
    ◆ Continue to recruit businesses from outside our area.

  • Editor's Column: School bond: Analyzing needs, wants, affordability

    Today, we present a sizable batch of letters from our readers about Tuesday’s school bond referendum.
    Traditionally, newspapers refrain from opinion coverage in the final paper before an election, because if someone writes something incorrect that might bias the vote, there’s no way to correct it before the polls open.

  • Column: We all need fast, easy, cheap access to public information

    It’s not so much a celebration as it is an awareness campaign.
    Throughout the state and all across the country, this week – March 13-19 – is Sunshine Week. The week has nothing to do with weather conditions but everything to do with how the country is weathering a constant chipping away of its rights to be served by a transparent government in which public information flows readily into the hands of the people served by those they elect and appoint. This applies to the grassroots level, the state level and, certainly, the federal level.