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Columns

  • Candidate Column: Harris cites her track record of getting good things done

    I would like to thank the kind people of District 3 for allowing me to serve as your representative on the Lancaster City Council.
    I’m seeking re-election to my second term in office as your councilwoman. I have worked tirelessly to address some of the people’s needs in the community.
    First, the Gay Street basketball courts had been in need of serious repairs. The adults and children had been playing on the same concrete that was used to fill the former pool located on the site.

  • Column: Left created the culture that Trump takes part in

    This election certainly feels like a joke, but it isn’t.
    Our liberal/progressive media has created a smoke screen to obscure the real issues. The media allows people like Hillary Clinton to point their fingers at us and pretend they didn’t create and celebrate the culture that Donald Trump merely takes part in. The terrible things he said when he was a Democrat were OK then. The real issues are being ignored.

  • Column: A positive break amid the nastiness

    Let’s take a break from the political mud-slinging and negative rhetoric and give thanks for some of the people and organizations that we are fortunate to have here in Lancaster:
    ◆ Lindsay Pettus – Not enough room here to cover all the great things Lindsay has done for the community. Love his work with the Katawba Valley Land Trust, which preserves our precious natural resources and allows all citizens to enjoy them.

  • Column: ‘Free’ tuition: Clinton buying your vote with your own cash

    Four points to address in Hillary Clinton’s debt-free education plan.
    Before I state anything I would like to point out that this debt-free plan appears to only cover tuition costs. Here are direct quotes from her plan found at Hillary.com, followed by my own translation of her comments.
    1. “She will make a major investment in HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions and other low-cost, modest-endowment private schools so that these deserving students also benefit from the lower cost of college.”

  • Column: The New S.C. will be more moderate

    This is the third column on The New South Carolina – about the demographic, economic and political changes that are transforming our state.
    In sports, the Gamecocks wear garnet and black. Clemson wears orange and purple. In politics, South Carolina is red and deep red.
    These are known as “self-evident truths.” Things that just are.
    While the garnet and orange will probably last until the Second Coming, the red in South Carolina politics is changing – and changing faster than most folks think.

  • Column: Lucas’ new strategy for reform

    It’s hard to believe it’s been less than two years since Jay Lucas was elected House speaker. (He took over as acting speaker when then-Speaker Bobby Harrell was indicted, 25 months ago.)

  • Column: Real enemy of blacks is the progressive left

    If the black community is fighting for black lives, as Malik Mackey writes in your Sept. 23 edition, then where are the mass protests in Chicago, where so many black lives are being taken? I don’t see any regular protests there.
    Instead, the protests are taking place where black men are getting shot by police. What percentage of black homicides are committed by police? Not anywhere close to the 90 to 95 percent of homicides committed by other black men.
    Any unjust shooting by police is unwarranted, but this has been blown way out of proportion.

  • Column: South Carolina faces 3 huge economic changes

    This the second of a three-part series on how demographic, economic and political trends are rapidly changing South Carolina.
    I’m convinced that a New South Carolina is being born, very different from our traditional past. It holds great promise for us and our children for generations to come, if we’re smart enough and bold enough to seize this opportunity. And that’s a big if.

  • Column: I’m disgusted by the choice we must make

    Iam just as disgusted as most Americans when I consider our choices for president.
    Hillary Clinton promises more of the same. If elected, she will continue the same liberal agenda as President Obama. She will continue to grow the national debt. She will continue to murder innocent unborns. She will appoint far-left Supreme Court justices. She will expand the entitlement society. She will undermine the family by legitimizing same-sex marriage.

  • What would make this a better place?

    Long ago, there was a famous tale of a magical spring called the Fountain of Youth, which bestowed youthful energy on those who sipped or bathed in its water. Accounts go back to the fifth century BC, but the legend gained popularity in the 16th century with the journeys of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon.
    As it turns out, the fountain of youth is actually not a myth. In fact, we all have access to this energy right here in our own community: it is found in our young adults.