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Columns

  • Make government records easier for citizens to get

    Citizens are frequently urged to get involved in the process of government. Those who heed the call by seeking insights into the workings of government often learn the hurdles can be high and costly.

  • Set aside today for fasting and prayer for our nation

    On Thursday June 28, 2012, I spent the day reflecting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act.
    Many people made a lot of smart-sounding pronouncements. They all sound great and wise. I fear they have missed the real issue. This is my attempt to address the elephant in the room that few are willing to discuss.
    America was born in 1776 in the fires of a tax revolt. Is history repeating itself? King George arrogantly assumed he had enough power to keep the colonies under control. He was wrong.

  • Lynch’s comments about county unacceptable

    Larry Honeycutt

  • Fireworks more popular, safer today than past years

    With consumer fireworks now more popular than ever in South Carolina, it is important that we use common sense, recognize that fireworks essentially function via a controlled burn, and follow safety tips to ensure a safe and wonderful experience celebrating America’s freedom.
    Consumer fireworks are actually safer today than ever before.

  • Prepare for late-night emergency phone calls

    If you are over 40, you may already have issues with parents who are chronically ill or who no longer have the ability to care for themselves. Have you and your parents properly prepared for the decisions that will be made by others for their continued care?
    So many times, a late night call, an emergency room visit or lack of sufficient funds force decisions without the ability or flexibility to research options or consider the feelings of our loved ones. Advanced preparation is needed.

  • Of carrots and kings

    I was reading a post on the blog my daughter writes about our 3-year-old grandson. He had been waiting all spring for the vegetables to come up in his garden. Eagerly, perhaps overeagerly, he yanked up a green top. He showed it off to his playmate.
    While reading the blog, my friend, a political scientist, interrupted to tell me that President Barack Obama had endorsed the idea of men marrying men and women marrying women.

  • Effort to nix budget control board, separate powers fails

    South Carolina legislators, whose power dominates the three branches of state government, once again have failed to better balance authority among the branches and give their constituents more ability to hold them accountable.
    The General Assembly broke down on the matter Thursday, June 22, when the Senate voted by the narrowest of margins, 22-21, to carry over a restructuring bill just ahead of the chamber’s scheduled 5 p.m. adjournment for the year.

  • Are any public servants willing to help public?

    Recent events should have caught the attention of all citizens of  Lancaster County:
    u The public meeting with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, affecting many who live in the vicinity of Pressley’s Recycling Center and those who travel along U.S. 521 daily
    u The decision by Lancaster County Council to lift the rezoning moratorium without changing or redefining the B-3 zoning ordinance. Editor’s note: Lancaster County Council in its second reading on June 11, voted 6-1 to lift the moratorium.

  • Committee applauds smoking ban effort

    The Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, a network of 40 public, private, civic and faith-based partners, is writing in full support of the Health and Wellness Commission’s effort to implement a smoke-free policy throughout Lancaster County.  
    While there have been several letters to the editor printed in response against this policy, we believe that much of this discussion can be characterized as misguided and misinformed.

  • You learn something new every day

    I don’t have a clue as to who Ray LeBlond is (or was for that matter), but he said something I can identify with.
    LeBlond is credited with the quotation, “You learn something every day if you pay attention.”
    So true, so true.
    Take this little jewel of knowledge I stumbled across this past weekend. After buying a bag of ice, I read the label. At the bottom of the bag, it said, “made from filtered water.”