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Columns

  • Council needs to adequately fund criminal justice system

    The criminal justice system is one of the core functions of government – one of the first things that government is supposed to do for us.

    When the bad guys are causing us harm and we call the law, response is supposed to be quick and the bad guys are supposed to be promptly caught, taken to jail and punished.

  • Never underestimate the American spirit

    My wife and I were eating lunch the other day at a restaurant. Sitting in a booth next to us were an older couple and the gentleman wore a Vietnam veteran cap.

    During their meal a young boy, about 10 or so, walked up to the man and said, “Excuse me sir. I see that you’re a veteran. I just want to thank you for your service for our country.”

  • Former trees, roses showed we cared about Lancaster

    There are few things that say “this is Lancaster and we are proud of our heritage” as did our trees and our roses that lined Main Street. With their white lights glowing in the dark, the trees made a drive through town at night magical.

    The red roses, blooming gloriously through three seasons, made Main Street truly worth going out of one’s way to see. Lancaster was the “Red Rose City,” with the roses offering a symbolic portal to hundreds of years of history.

  • My memory rerun circuit is fused

    Thanks to all of you that have expressed appreciation for the columns I write and thanks to The Lancaster News for the opportunity. I believe you all will find it interesting how I am able to recall and write about things before the age of 2.

    As a small child, I did not talk. The seven Ussery children before me were early talkers and very prolific. My parents became concerned when all efforts to persuade me to talk failed.

  • Immigration, border security, executive amnesty – Oh my

    By now, most folks know that President Barack Obama – actually the secretary of Homeland Security – issued certain orders in November of last year that allowed about 5 million people who were in the country illegally to stay here.

    If he had stopped there, then this column might have been about the relative merits (or demerits) of doing that. However, he also did several other things, including giving those same people the right to work. That is something else entirely.

  • Opportunities abound at USCL, Palmetto College

    One of the questions I am often asked when I am in the community is, “Your campus has grown so much over the years, when are you going to become a four-year campus?”

    My answer is, “While we remain the largest two-year campus in the USC system, eight four-year degrees are now available right here.”

  • Saturday’s Moulin Rouge Gala to celebrate local cultural life

    A 9-foot-wide, bright red windmill will greet visitors to the Bradley Arts and Sciences building at University of South Carolina Lancaster this week.

    To give it its French name, the “Moulin Rouge” forms the centerpiece of the flamboyant and colorful décor which will be the setting for this year’s Art and Soul Gala on Saturday, Feb. 7.

  • Be very afraid when government says this a year of action

    President Barack Obama has said this will be a year of action. This scares me more than watching a horror film with the lights turned off.

    Simply because when the government takes action the people are usually the ones being acted upon.

    If you are one of the 33 million people with their heads buried in a chip bowl or melting cheese on everything in the house including the cat, you may have missed the laundry list of new taxes that just came into effect.

  • Pay attention to the details in this legislative session

    With a new session that began Jan. 13, the opportunities for positive reforms to our system of governance, tax structure and personal freedoms should be plentiful.

    And while there are some strong reforms on the table this year, it’s the weak refoms – and even some measures that would take us backward – that will likely take center stage if citizens don’t keep a watchful eye on their lawmakers.

  • ‘Someone needs to go to jail’ for the $130 million scandal

    These were the words of outrage of freshman S.C. Legislator Cezar McKnight when discussing the scandal of the $123 million in fines the state has paid for its 25-year failure to comply with federal law with regard to deadbeat dads.

    The question is, can this young reformer do something about this, or will politics as usual in South Carolina prevail?

    First the legislator and then then scandal.