• Column: Wilt throws support behind Stroble

    Iclearly lost the Republican primary election on June 14, running behind both Terry Graham and Melvin Stroble. I can accept this result, but it leaves me with the question of how to respond to my supporters asking for my recommendation as to which candidate to support in the runoff election on June 28.

  • Column: Graham seeks your vote in runoff

    Iam Terry Graham and I am running for Lancaster County Council District 1.  
    I would like to thank all the voters who voted in the primary on June 14.
    I received 46.1 percent of the vote, and the second place candidate received 22.42 percent. My support was broad-based, from both new and old residents. However, because I did not reach the 50 percent plus one threshold, there must be a runoff on June 28.

  • Column: Blackmon touts his experience, ideas

    In running for the Lancaster County Auditor’s Office, I have greatly appreciated the warm hospitality shown by so many and appreciate their concerns for a modernized auditor’s office, which truly puts taxpayers first. My background of success at managing operations for a large and growing construction company, senior management roles in the state Department of Revenue and record of community service has given me the ability to manage the auditor’s office, while bringing needed reforms and planning for future growth.

  • Column: The world I grew up in is long gone

    What is truth? It seems a simple question, and yet truth is the elusive puff of smoke everyone is seeking through layers of rhetoric and excuses.
    Why is there no beacon of truth anymore? Once we thought that electing good, honest leaders and trusting them assured a great society, and justice would be served by a Supreme Court if all other courts in the land failed. But now we see judges appointed based more on their political leanings than their interpretations of the law, and those good, honest leaders seem to be out of touch with their constituents.

  • Column: My friend needs Mulvaney to try again on Medicare fight

    I am writing about a problem involving Sandra Knight Howard, who now lives in Winnsboro.
    Sandra grew up in Lancaster and attended schools here until her marriage. She still has two brothers in Lancaster.
    Many Lancastrians know of her brother Richard Knight and his many helpful deeds with the Red Cross and other local organizations. Sandra’s other brother, Carl, works at the local courthouse as court bailiff. Sandra loves Lancaster and visits here often.

  • Column: Legislature defies Supreme Court ruling

    In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie “Unforgiven” won the Oscar for the Best Picture.

  • Column: Should officials spend campaign funds at their own businesses?

    S.C. Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, frequently has a need for office supplies. Fortunately for him, he happens to own an office supply store.
    The Walhalla resident owns Alexander’s Office Supply and has spent a good deal of his campaign funding at his very own store. The question arises, then, is there anything wrong with putting campaign funds into your own business?

  • Column: After circus of primaries, presidential stage is set

    The primary season is over (finally!) and the stage is set for November’s presidential election – unless, of course, something happens that would change the present set of circumstances.
    So, let’s look back on several months of debates, debacles and deliberations.

  • Column: IL crowd becomes a bit tiring sometimes

    I presently serve on two boards of directors for Lancaster County. The bylaws of both these organizations state that failure of a member to attend three consecutive meetings of the board of directors will subject the member to dismissal from that board.
    I believe this to be a standard attendance regulation for most such organizations, even though extenuating circumstances will be considered at the discretion of the board members.

  • Column: Orlando: Another case of human depravity

    We have just witnessed another horrific example of how depraved people can be.
    A lone gunman walks into an Orlando bar and opens fire. When it is over, 49 people are dead, and more than that number are wounded. Our prayers go out to the families of the murdered, and to those who survived.
    And now, all the questions begin to emerge. Why? Why do horrible things like this happen? What would motivate someone to carry out such a despicable act? How could someone have such a calloused heart? And, of course, why didn’t God prevent this from happening?