• Regional and local farmers markets benefit all Americans

    One very important reason for Congress to expedite work toward a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is to continue today’s rapid growth in local and regional marketing opportunities for American agriculture.

    From local farmers markets to regional food hubs, these new opportunities benefit a wide range of Americans from all walks of life.

    They benefit farmers and ranchers who are looking to start selling locally or scale up to regional sales.

  • Infant mortality rate should concern us

    “More babies are dying in SC.” That was the banner headline in the Charleston Post and Courier recently.

    To me, it was both shocking and impossible to ignore. And I would bet most South Carolinians felt the same way. Unfortunately, to many of our state government political leaders, it was just another day at the office.

  • Return ordinance to Planning Commission for needed changes

    The proposed cluster development ordinance passed first reading at the Lancaster County Council meeting Nov. 25. The reason stated was to get the issue on the table and talk about it.

    The values of the important parameters included in the cluster development version passed by council are the very small numbers required to permit Mattamy Homes to develop the Treetops site to 933 homes. We will call these values the Mattamy Homes Treetops profit numbers (MHTPN).

  • We must defeat bill H. 3290

    The General Assembly is considering legislation which intentionally damages the fiscal and societal well-being of the citizens of South Carolina. The bill, couched under the clever title “the business freedom to choose act,” is in fact special interest legislation at its rankest.

  • Show support, shop locally on Saturday

    The deficit in Washington is growing – and I’m not speaking about our nation’s floundering finances.

    The trust-deficit between Americans and policymakers is distressingly large – with only 19 percent of Americans, according to an October Pew poll, who say that they have faith that the government will do what is right just about always or most of the time.

  • We can never thank our veterans enough

    There are many honors and responsibilities that come with being a legislator. But none is more profound than sharing a community’s appreciation to the men and women who have put service above self, and made the commitment to go wherever they were sent for the purpose of protecting the freedoms that we hold dear.

  • Give thanks for all our blessings

    Jesus Christ publicly thanked God on several different occasions. He thanked God for five barley loaves and two small fishes, and then proceeded to multiply them so that a crowd of more than 5,000 people was satisfied, and 12 baskets of bread were left over.

    He thanked God for hearing his prayer and then raised Lazarus from the dead. He thanked God for revealing truths to “babes” while hiding them from those who were wise and prudent.

  • My favorite new holiday

    By the time you are reading this, Thanksgiving will either be coming up very soon, or will have just recently passed. It has always been one of my favorite holidays.

    In my house growing up, Thanksgiving was even more than Christmas, the holiday that my extended family used as an excuse to get together. So, while Christmas was Mom and Dad and my siblings, Thanksgiving was always a huge get-together with lots of family, food, football and naps.

  • Negative freedoms lead to destruction of a civil society

    There are two kinds of freedom in a free society, positive and negative freedoms. Positive freedoms are what the founders envisioned for a civil society and spelled out in the Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights. They gave us freedom of speech, religion, self-protection and the freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness. These freedoms are assured by laws which prevent infringing on the freedoms of others.

  • Bauknight, Dixon were truly treasured friends

    You never forget your roots, especially, as in my case, when you were fortunate to be blessed with a good experience in those formative years.

    I spent a good portion of my youth on Sherwood Circle where we lived in the area known as Forest Hills.

    A friend once teased me saying we lived in the neighborhood of “rich kids.”

    True, they were professional people, and many, as I reflect, were at one point or another the “movers and shakers” in Lancaster who had a major hand in helping Lancaster prosper through the years.