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Columns

  • Tragedies bring out true American character
  • GOP seeks to keep corruption out of county

    Lancaster County has seen a lot of recent political turmoil taking place in neighboring counties, especially with the arrest of Charlotte’s mayor and last week’s conviction of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker.

    Lancaster County Republicans are committed to setting a high standard for good government, based upon higher standards for our public officials, increased citizen involvement, improved accessibility and greater transparency.

  • Even from the cross Jesus shows compassion

    Jesus spoke seven different times while he hung on the cross at Calvary.

    As he was being nailed to the cross, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” This showed that Jesus knew that his persecutors did not realize they were crucifying the Lord of glory.

  • Carnes explains road funding

    This column was supposed to be dedicated to talking about the county budget process, but with the weather we had in February causing additional road problems, I would like to dedicate this column and my next column to talking about roads.

    There have been several letters to the editor about the increased potholes and road issues following the winter storms we have experienced.

  • A scorned S.C. hero

    April 11, 2014, was a very important day in the history of South Carolina. Few people noticed that anything much happened – but I would argue that this was the day we, as a state, did two very important things.

    First, we recognized a hero. And second, we showed that there is a new South Carolina that is – and for some time has been– struggling to be born.

  • USDA seeks local sponsors for free summer lunch program

    As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. 

    Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

  • Six trials of Christ

    The Bible records six trials of Jesus before his crucifixion. The first three were before Jewish religious authorities, and the last three were before Roman authorities.

    After his betrayal, Jesus was led away to Annas, a former high priest. Annas questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching, and allowed a nearby temple officer to strike Jesus in the face.

  • More housing = more traffic

    I couldn’t agree more with what Jane Tanner wrote in her April 2 guest column, “IL growth boom worrisome.” I think we have a lot to be nervous about with all the new homes being built in town.

    The total number of units Ms. Tanner listed in her column adds up to 2,428. If each of those homes brings two vehicles to the area, we’re looking at almost 5,000 more cars on our already crowded roads in the next year or two.

  • Instilling patriotism in today’s youth

    It’s often noted that today’s young people don’t have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did.

    Young people still love America and understand the importance of serving a cause greater than themselves. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that love of country and patriotic values aren’t instilled in young people today the way they were years ago.

  • Will S.C. miss the future?

    You may not know the name, but we in South Carolina need to listen to Larry Page. He is a very bright and very rich young man.

    A few years ago, he and his college roommate, Sergey Brin, started a little company with a funny name that has done right well. It’s called Google.

    In a recent interview, Page was asked about what makes companies grow and thrive or shrink and die. His response was simple. “Do they miss the future or do they get it?” he asked.