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Columns

  • 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.

  • Contraception debate shows how far our government has drifted

    Has there ever been a bigger example of an over-reaching federal government than the recent dispute in Washington over contraceptives?
    In February, the Obama administration unveiled a mandate for employers and insurance companies to cover the cost of contraceptives for women. The mandate is part of Obamacare, the sweeping overhaul, or as many people call it, the government takeover of health care.

  • Please don’t believe in everything GOP says


    Tony Boswell

    In response to Franklin Whittlesey’s guest column on Jan. 11,  Mr. Whittlesey is at it again. The truth has never gotten in the way of him making whatever arguments he chooses.

  • FOI bills deserves support by House

    A bill that would allow South Carolinians to get copies of public documents faster and less expensively is heading to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
    It represents significant progress for open government and would be the first step in improving the state’s Freedom of Information Act since 2003.

  • Unseemly blame-shifting on rising gasoline prices

    One of the tightropes politicians walk is finding ways to take credit for things that go right, while blaming opponents for things that go wrong.
    And before I go any further, let me acknowledge upfront that this time-honored tradition isn’t specific to either political party.
    But President Barack Obama and his re-election campaign organization have stretched their credibility pretty thin with their recent attempt to pin the blame for rising gas prices on the tea party movement.

  • Council members try to do what is best for Lancaster

    I am going to do something that doesn’t happen very often. I am going to defend Lancaster County Council. And yes, before I go any further, my father-in-law is Larry Honeycutt and my sister-in-law is Kathy Sistare (married to my brother, Mike). I cannot speak for everyone on County Council, but because I am close to these two, I will tell you what I see.

  • Vision would turn downtown Lancaster into a showpiece

    Lancaster needs industry. Retirement is an industry. Downtown Lancaster needs a shot in the arm. Why could these not be coupled?
    Baby Boomers are entering retirement in large numbers and those numbers will continue for quite some time to come. People who have spent their working lives in the North and Midwest want to escape the long, frigid winters and, contrary to popular belief, not every retiree wants to live on a golf course. Many people desire the ambiance of a vibrant downtown, where everything is within easy walking distance.