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Columns

  • Mackey explains vote on Brook Drive project

    After the March 14 City Council meeting, I received several calls about my vote on the Brook Drive improvement project near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    I do my best to vote as fairly and honestly as possible. I feel confident in my decisions because I always seek guidance from God, who leads my life.
    The vote to approve the project was 4-3, including my vote. The opposition’s reasoning was that they felt they were betraying the residents of District 4 because Rock Street and Hampton Road also need paving.

  • Sheriff touts accomplishments made at office in last few years

    The past year has marked a transformational period in law enforcement for Lancaster County.
    Three years ago, I set forth an aggressive plan to position the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office among the best in the state. I knew that with the right leadership and lines of accountability we could improve the service delivery to our citizenry, as well as build morale and staff retention within the department.

  • Coalition draws healthy crowd for Teen Night

    I would like to thank all who came out to support the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth’s annual Teen Night, held March 7 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.

  • It’s not about contraception

    Many people have become unswervingly convinced that the ongoing controversy surrounding the administration’s health-care mandate has something to do with contraceptives.
    Certainly that’s what the mandate itself deals with – and clearly that’s the narrative the president’s political and media allies are aggressively (and, so far, successfully) advancing. But contraception actually has very little to do with the uproar.
    First, let’s recap what started this debate in the first place.

  • Lancaster residents are professional, joyful, proud

    As a motivational speaker, I get the privilege of meeting my fellow Americans all over the United States – from coast to coast – from corn fields to city centers. I meet them in their places of brokenness and celebration. I hear their stories, I hug their necks and I form instant connections with strangers whom I may never see again – but whom I will never forget.

  • Democratic propaganda is running amok in U.S.

    In his March 8 guest column, “Please don’t believe in everything the GOP says,” Tony Boswell attacks a previous guest column by Franklin Whittlesey, largely by leveling several accusations against Republicans.

  • Tidbits paint true picture of country

    My mother used to say, “No news means good news.” I have learned those words were not words of wisdom. No news means you are not aware of any bad news, which in turn means you are not living in the real world.
    As I listen to local and world news of late I have learned that most everyone’s frame of mind is affected by money or lack of it.
    Following are some of the tidbits that have caught my attention:

  • Americans have difficulty distinguishing what’s a lie

    The last true remnant of freedom in this United States is our right to vote. We send our fellow residents to faraway countries to die on the battlefield to stop the enemies of this republic, who would deny that right.
    We spend billions to support local, state and national governments that we trust will defend that right. Neighbors fall out with neighbors as the result of exercising that right. Cultural differences very often determine how we will execute that right.

  • Let sun shine in government

    It’s Sunshine Week, a week to promote open government.
    Since you are reading an editorial column in this newspaper, you likely care about what is going on in your community and with your government. This is a good thing and unfortunately not common enough.
    Let me encourage you to also care about open, transparent government on the local and state levels.
    Without open government, you don’t know how your tax dollars are spent, how your public bodies make decisions, or if our laws are being enforced efficiently and with equality.

  • GOP campaign is a circus

    Welcome, children of all ages. This year’s circus has and will continue to provide some of the most death-defying, unbelievable stunts, never before performed in the public arena.
    Keep your eyes on the center ring, as the starring act is changing more quickly than at any time in history. Each week brings a new set of clowns and new approaches to comedy than have ever been presented before.