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Columns

  • The Rev. Lane practiced his love-the-people philosophy

    One of the favorite sayings of my grandaddy, the late Ross Williams, involved our penchant for being too judgmental of others.

    I heard him say more than once, “Son, be careful about pointin’ a finger at others.”

    “Now, look down at your hand,” Grandaddy Ross would say, “There are three fingers pointin’ right back at you.”

    Even now, 30 years after his death, that comes to mind.

  • Lancaster Treasurer’s Office prides itself on customer service

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service. So we can better serve you and assist you with any questions or problems, it’s important that you know what my office does – as well as what it does not do.

    As Lancaster County treasurer, I am responsible for collecting property taxes and serving as the county’s banker, maintaining the county’s bank accounts.

  • See the person beyond the treatment

    When a person first hears the words, “you have cancer,” they are often experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms. Then they must face the side effects from treatment at the same time they juggle the many doctors, nurses and other professional who care for them.

    Palliative care is specialized medical care that provides patients with serious illnesses relief from the pain and other symptoms from a disease such as cancer. Palliative care uses a team-based approach to coordinate care and give patients an extra level of support.

  • Brundrett column: More FOIA violations by Public Service Commission?

    The S.C. Public Service Commission might not be aware of the old saying, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
    In March, The Nerve revealed little-known testimony from Public Service Commission  Chairman G. O’Neal Hamilton, who told a legislatively controlled panel during a screening hearing last year for re-election to his seat that the seven-member PSC typically meets in smaller groups of up to three commissioners to reach a “consensus” before final decisions are made.

  • Jones column: Why teachers should hate Common Core

    “Common Core has nothing to do with curriculum, instruction or testing.” No matter how many times Common Core’s most prominent supporters make that claim, it’s still false. Like any set of strict academic standards, Common Core standards directly affect these areas, and thus remove the ability of teachers to use their talents to the fullest.

  • Jesus promises living water

    In the gospel, John 4 describes Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritans. Jesus chose to go through Samaria on his way to Galilee, even though many religious people avoided the area entirely.

    After walking all day, he stopped by a well outside a town called Sychar, and sent his disciples into the city to buy food. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus asked her for a drink.  She was surprised, since Jews and Samaritans normally never shared common drinking vessels.

  • Noble’s column just a Democrat rant

    This is in response to Phil Nobel’s guest column, “Will June Primary in S.C. be honest?,” in the May 16 edition of The Lancaster News.

    This issue, along with global warming and the war on women are the biggest scams spouted by Democrats. Think about this, 99.9 percent of United States citizens already have picture ID’s. Noble said Republicans push this issue to prevent poor black people, along with students from voting.

  • Let voters decide how to pay for county needs

    The current 1 percent Capital Projects Sales Tax which was enacted to finance the construction of the new Lancaster County Courthouse is expected to expire in 2015.

    Lancaster County Council has established a Capital Projects Sales Tax Commission to consider what projects should be funded in the event that the voters consent to extend the capital projects sales tax for another seven years.

    Several major proposals have been submitted for the commission’s consideration. Each of these proposals is worthy of consideration.

  • Legislature busy this session

    At this point in the second half of the 2013-14 legislative session, we are several weeks behind due to a later-than-normal start and days lost to snow. Those who agree with Mark Twain that “no man’s life or liberty is safe when the legislature is in session” will not feel shortchanged by this.

  • Sales tax could help repave county roads

    Last month, I wrote about some of the funding and maintenance issues we face with our road system in this county and state.

    In this column, we will be looking at who is responsible for repaving roads in the county, the funding and what we can do about improving road conditions in the county.