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Columns

  • Moving from desegregation to diversity at the USC

    As the University of South Carolina brings to a close the 50th anniversary commemoration of its desegregation, we reflect on how far the university has come and how far we have to go. We aren’t just giving this thoughtful consideration, we are taking action.

    Today Carolina is home to a student population that is about 20 percent minority with an equal percentage of minority faculty members. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized USC as one of the nation’s top universities for diversity and inclusion for the past two years.

  • U.S. finally wields its ‘big stick’

    This recent headline intrigued me to read further: “America sends missile-destroying warships into Russian waters, President Putin not pleased.” (Motley Fool)

    Bravo – our nation is finally showing that we have both backbone and teeth and it’s long overdue.

  • Time to shorten S.C. legislative session

    The S.C. Legislature sits for five months, 21 weeks or 143 calendar days. It’s one of the longest sessions in the nation, leaving aside the 10 states with professional legislatures.

  • 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.