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Columns

  • Column: Legislature defies Supreme Court ruling

    In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie “Unforgiven” won the Oscar for the Best Picture.

  • Column: Should officials spend campaign funds at their own businesses?

    S.C. Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, frequently has a need for office supplies. Fortunately for him, he happens to own an office supply store.
    The Walhalla resident owns Alexander’s Office Supply and has spent a good deal of his campaign funding at his very own store. The question arises, then, is there anything wrong with putting campaign funds into your own business?

  • Column: After circus of primaries, presidential stage is set

    The primary season is over (finally!) and the stage is set for November’s presidential election – unless, of course, something happens that would change the present set of circumstances.
    So, let’s look back on several months of debates, debacles and deliberations.

  • Column: IL crowd becomes a bit tiring sometimes

    I presently serve on two boards of directors for Lancaster County. The bylaws of both these organizations state that failure of a member to attend three consecutive meetings of the board of directors will subject the member to dismissal from that board.
    I believe this to be a standard attendance regulation for most such organizations, even though extenuating circumstances will be considered at the discretion of the board members.

  • Column: Orlando: Another case of human depravity

    We have just witnessed another horrific example of how depraved people can be.
    A lone gunman walks into an Orlando bar and opens fire. When it is over, 49 people are dead, and more than that number are wounded. Our prayers go out to the families of the murdered, and to those who survived.
    And now, all the questions begin to emerge. Why? Why do horrible things like this happen? What would motivate someone to carry out such a despicable act? How could someone have such a calloused heart? And, of course, why didn’t God prevent this from happening?

  • Column: ‘Fabulous food, family fun, fantastic fellowship’

    As far back as I can remember, the Unity in the Community festival started on East Gay Street (The Hill) with some great gospel singing and was the highlight of the weekend.
    We had basketball games, table tennis, dunking booths and dancing in the parking lot and a variety of performers throughout the years. Free food and pounds of fish frying. People were in long lines waiting for the hot fish.
    It was a time for the Lancaster Fatherhood Project to give back to the community. There were great speakers to encourage the community to help each other and unify in spirit.

  • Column: Session ends with no fix for FOIA – aaaarrrrrgh!

    Editor’s note: This editorial ran in the Index-Journal of Greenwood.

    Oops, they did it again!
    Only it’s not an oops. It’s more of a rude, crude one-finger salute directed at you, the public, the taxpayers.
    South Carolina’s lawmakers have had six years to come to grips with measures designed to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act, thanks to Aiken Rep. Bill Taylor and others who recognized years ago that real reform was needed in an effort to create better and more transparent government, government that is accountable to the people.

  • Column: Sorting out what’s true, what’s spin not so easy

    Someone asked why I hadn’t written anything lately, and I said that my last article was not published because the editor felt I needed more verifications of my sources.
    At first it bothered me, and I felt he doubted my integrity. But after consideration I realized he was right to doubt because, as I told the editor, “there is so much information available from numerous sources that I often consider something factual if it has multiple sources in agreement,” but in today’s world of TV, radio, print media and Internet, that is not always true.

  • Column: Fred Sheheen was an S.C. institution

    We were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Fred Sheheen today. Fred was a South Carolina institution who devoted his life to lifting up all of us.
    As a young journalist, his reports on the Civil Rights Movement told stories of injustice that helped spur a nation to act. He played his own part in the long march toward justice as an aide to Gov. Donald Russell, during whose tenure our state took fitful yet peaceful steps toward desegregation.

  • Column: S.C. riding a bike, while race cars whiz past

    Consider the following S.C. and national unemployment numbers from recent news reports:
    For April 2016, the S.C. unemployment rate rose for the second month in a row, to 5.8 percent, up a bit from 5.7 percent in March. This is bad.
    The April unemployment rate across South Carolina ranged from a high of 9.1 percent in Allendale County to a low of 4.34 percent in Lexington County. This is good or bad, depending on where you live.