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Columns

  • Financial meeting a positive step for South Carolina

    On June 14, Gov. Nikki Haley hosted a meeting between state government’s financial leaders and representatives of Standard and Poor’s, one of the nation’s most highly-respected credit rating agencies.

  • Knight has witnessed the Main Street transformation

    Hazel Knight recalls Main Street, Lancaster, as it was more than 60 years ago. Knight was 11 years old in 1943 when he went to work for James and Etta Robinson in their clothing store. He swept and mopped the wooden floors and dusted the counters and shelves and ran errands.

  • Million Pound Challenge kickoff is tomorrow at Kmart

    Deborah Boulware

    Come to the Million Pound Challenge Kickoff this Saturday at Kmart and you’ll see me there – here’s why.

     Four Months earlier 

    I’m at a seminar just to support an agency that I truly believe in, when the nurse hands everyone a paper with a graph-looking thing. Then she says, “Step on the scale so we can calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index).”

    My first thought: “No way. I’m just here to listen.” In fact, I even say that to the nurse.

  • Chandler’s Law is big government at its best

    Recently, the S.C. Legislature passed and Gov. Nikki Haley signed Chandler’s Law. The law, which was named after Chandler Saylor, is meant to keep children safe while riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs.) However, I believe this law ultimately strips parents of their right to raise their child.

  • Are we headed for nuclear abyss or human survival?

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his quest for Iran to get nuclear weapons remains a news worthy item. What does that mean for America and Israel? It can only come down to one thing – eventual war.
    Since the recent collapse of the Egyptian government, radical Islam on both ends now controls the Suez Canal. Iranian warships are passing through the canal into the Mediterranean Sea next to Israel’s coast.
    Egypt, now under military control, is permanently opened to the Gaza Strip. This is a major security breach with Israel.

  • Partisanship not a behavioral issue – it is a structural one

    Pew Research Center released a survey last month which was encouragingly called “Beyond Red vs. Blue.”  Encouraging, that is, for the growing number of Americans eager to find a way out of the partisanship that has come to dominate public policy-making at nearly every level of government.

  • What it takes to be a citizen

    A few weeks ago, the federally run National Assessment of Educational Progress issued its latest “report card” on civics education in the United States. You get a sense of what it found from “The New York Times” headline: “Civics Education Called National Crisis.”
    Most media coverage of the report focused on students’ precarious knowledge of our system of government.

  • Guard makes state better place

    I was recently honored to be selected as interim commander of the S.C. State Guard – succeeding Maj. Gen. Nelson C. Lacy, who is retiring.
    I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain a little about the State Guard and its role in protecting our citizens in cases of emergency.

  • School choice not the answer

    The S.C. House of Representatives have before them House Bill 3407 for debate.  This bill is labeled the Educational Opportunity Act. It is intended to offer tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools.

  • Miracle baby turns 1 today

    Ariel Janay Stevenson came into this world weighing only 15 ounces and was only given a 40-60 percent chance of living.
    Now our miracle baby turns 1 year old. We are so blessed to have Ariel here with us today. Thank God and thanks to family and friends who prayed for our little miracle.
    Ariel spent nearly 3 months at Levine’s Children Hospital in Charlotte. She received two blood transfusions and several types of medicines and antibiotics to keep her little body going.