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  • Memories of 9/11 fill a cardboard box

    When I was home visiting my family this summer, I opened a cardboard box that had been sealed for nearly 10 years. Inside were items I had carefully and reverently packed away, knowing that someday I would want to see them again – knowing that they were artifacts from a terrible time in our country’s history.

  • Determination helped us survive 9/11

    Memories of 9/11 take me back to the summer of 2001, a couple months prior to that tragic September day in our nation’s history.
    The week of July Fourth our family vacation took us to New York City.
    In the years before, we had opted for the annual family beach trip, but that summer we took a train north.
    Turns out it was a good decision because a tornado hit the Grand Strand that week. We were stunned with the news that most likely we would have been in the storm’s path.

  • Political stunt discredits our president’s jobs announcement

    Of all the challenges facing our nation, none are more pressing than getting our economy back on track.
    Our unemployment crisis has continued far longer than most economists predicted. Two-and-a- half years after the Stimulus Act was passed, with promises it would stimulate an economic recovery, and 15 months after the White House publicly touted the Summer of Recovery, the economic outlook remains dreary.

  • Exports are a bright spot for S.C. economy

    If there is one thing many of us have unfortunately gotten used to over the past three years, it’s bad news about the economy. Layoffs, higher unemployment and lower expectations have become almost the norm.
    And while we know firsthand that this news is real, it isn’t the only side of the story. In fact, there is some good news out there as well. Exports, for example, are one place where things are looking much better. 
    Each year, more and more people around the world are buying products from South Carolina.

  • America headed for bankruptcy

    The U.S. Congress has failed to pass a budget for the past two years. You can use your own imagination to figure out why.
    Even without a printed budget we can document the income and spending by our federal government.
    The amounts are usually expressed in the trillions of dollars. Most of us cannot visualize or comprehend what those amounts actually mean. So here is a breakdown of federal spending in simple terms.
    Let’s put the 2011 federal spending into perspective:
    u Federal income: $2,170,000,000,000

  • Humane Society of Lancaster grateful for community support

    Last month the Humane Society of Lancaster SC spent about $1,100 buying eight tons of dog food so we could help feed the needy pets of our county.
    Pets that might otherwise end up in the county animal shelter because their owners are having a very hard time financially and cannot feed them.
    One of our main goals is to help as many pets as we can in whatever way is needed and by providing them with food.

  • America is a better place because of men like Murray

    As Americans, we’re blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world. But all too often we tend to take for granted the heroes among us who fought and sacrificed to protect us, our ideals, and our freedom.
    Col. Charles P. Murray Jr. was one such hero. In fact, he showed us the true meaning of the word “hero.”
    We lost a great South Carolinian on Aug. 12, when Col. Murray passed away. I was fortunate to have known Chuck as a friend for many years.

  • Abused children need their advocates

    Latin meaning “guardian at law,” a guardian ad litem is a person appointed by a family court judge to advocate for a child in a court case.
    This term isn’t commonly used in the daily vocabulary of most people. Because of confidentiality laws, most residents don’t have any idea how many child abuse and neglect cases that fill the docket of Lancaster County Family Court.
    However, for one group of Lancaster volunteers, knowing these children is a way of life.

  • Shake, rattle and post

    It was just another Tuesday afternoon when the shaking started.
    For some, it was just a soft rumble they figured was a truck backing up or a low-flying airplane.
    For others, the shaking was so bad it knocked pictures off walls and made buildings sway.
    The tremors rippled as far south as Georgia and north to New England, and in some places people were so scared they evacuated buildings and ran into the streets.

  • Firefighter remembered as hero, all-around good guy

    When I was growing up, I had a lot of heroes.
    I especially liked the men on the show “Adam 12,” and Andy on the “Andy Griffith Show.”
    Besides the fact that these men were talented actors and made me laugh, I really liked that they wore uniforms and helped people.
    I still remember the first lines of the opening credits of “Adam 12,” about a 10-11 in progress.
    I still don’t know what a 10-11 is, but I know the police always showed up on time and the problem was solved.