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Columns

  • Vote Democrat if you support our education

    Since the 1970s, the Republican strategy in the South has urged white voters to defect from the “civil-rights-supporting Democratic Party.”
    This continued through the years, with attacks on busing and affirmative action, then immigration and welfare. Newt Gingrich recently labeled President Barack Obama “the food stamp president.”  

  • School choice: Why speculate?

    John Adams wasn’t thinking of school choice when he famously stated, “Facts are stubborn
     things,” but his insight can bring clarity to a debate that remains clouded with misleading claims.
    As state lawmakers consider school choice legislation, it is crucial that stubborn facts determine the decisions they make. Any policy dealing with how children are educated in South Carolina deserves nothing less.

  • America’s dream of civil society fading

    It was a Friday evening and we went to dinner at a local restaurant. We sat down and had just started to look at the menu, when from a booth a few tables away, we heard the sound of a mother cursing at one of the two small children with her. She was swearing about a green balloon one of the children wanted. A moment later, she was threatening to beat them if they didn’t eat their food – again using foul language.

  • Know signs of child abuse and neglect

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
    In 2011, S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) officials report that the agency investigated 17,514 cases of abuse or neglect throughout the state. Of that number, 6,810 cases indicated some form of abuse.                  
    Lancaster County investigated 423 cases of abuse or neglect, and, of that number, 152 cases indicated some form of abuse.

  • Make pledge this week to ‘be a force of nature’

    This past year has been an important reminder to all of us that severe weather can strike anytime and anyplace. This week, April 22-28, commemorates the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado outbreak in the Central and Southern states.
    In the South, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina were tragically affected. Already this year the country has experienced deadly severe weather from the West to the East Coast.

  • All parties need wake-up call

    I have been reading the guest column for several weeks now. I am really taken aback by the uninformed readers.  
    First of all, Michael Jedson obviously listens to MSNBC, CBS or some other liberal news show. Do you really think that you are getting the truth? How naive. Let’s face it; all news has become very slanted to their personal views, misleading the public, especially those viewers uninformed. To be honest, I’m sick of it all!

  • Whittlesey needs to get facts right

    There are so many inaccuracies in Franklin Whittlesey’s “Wake Up, America” article in the Jan. 13 edition of The Lancaster News that I don’t know where to start. He must have gotten his information from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or Michelle Bachmann – not reliable fact sources.
    Let’s start with “All the president does is campaign.” This is a completely ridiculous statement since now happens to be time when all candidates begin their campaigns. What would you call the South Carolina primary?

  • Schools benefit from awards criteria change

    For the Lancaster County schools, change is good.
    That’s in regards to the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards, which recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
    This year a change in judging criteria led to 16 of the county’s 19 schools being recognized.
    The awards’ criteria is established by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee and applied by the S.C. Department of Education.

  • Reason for a primary is to narrow field of candidates

    On June 12, we will once again go to our respective polling places to cast a ballot for some of our 2012 candidates.
    So many are asking why? We have a Republican and a Democratic primary that day. The reason we are having both is because more than one person is running for a particular seat. It is our duty as voters to whittle the process down to one person per party per seat.  
    For example, on the Republican side:
    u Bob Bundy and Wayne Kersey are running for the Lancaster County Council District 3 seat

  • Snelling committed an act of compassion

    We all know the wording of our wedding vows: “For better or for worse, ’til death do us part.”
    Charles and Adrienne Snelling were married 61 years and, by every indication, they had a love story that most couples dream of. Six years ago, Adrienne developed Alzheimer’s, she knew her disease “would not be kind,” as she wrote her family members after her diagnosis.