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Columns

  • Column: Finding a church that feeds my soul

    When I was a little girl, my mama said she was a Methodist, but my daddy was a Baptist, so we were Baptists. That was that.
    I’ve often wondered what the difference was between the two denominations. I found out about a month ago, after I started attending Grace United Methodist Church. From the children to the men and women with their smiles and their hugs welcoming me there, I immediately felt at home.
    My soul was happy.

  • Column: Incentives floated at business prospects often remains secret

    The S.C. Department of Commerce says it didn’t formally offer any taxpayer-backed incentives to lure Amazon’s second national headquarters to the Palmetto State, but instead provided general incentives information to counties if any of them wanted to compete for the project.

  • Column: Journalists not your enemy, we’re vital to a free country

    We’ve been complacent.
    We thought everybody knew how important a free press was to our world and that all this talk about us being the enemy of the people would be dismissed for the silliness that it is.
    But the reckless attacks have continued, instigated and encouraged by our president.

  • Column: Electoral college keeps small states relevant in our elections

    Like him or not, Donald Trump is your president.
    You might say that he didn’t win the popular vote, and you would be correct. Pat yourself on the back for understanding something that 66 percent of Americans don’t. He did win the Electoral College vote.

  • Column: We should not treat SCOTUS rulings like the law of the land

    Chief Justice John Roberts, disagreeing with President Trump’s statement, said we do not have Obama judges or Trump judges.
    I believe Justice Roberts is delusional. The courts today are highly political and have gotten worse lately. And Roberts needs to do something about it.
    In my study of U.S. Supreme Court rulings, it is easy to see that we have way too many case opinions where the unelected judges have become independent of our Constitution.

  • Column: Thanks to the young man who found my lost purse

    I would like to tell a story about a Good Samaritan who was an angel to me.
    On Monday, Nov. 12, Veterans Day, I was getting ready to pick up my husband from the airport at 5 a.m. He was coming from California, where he was visiting a friend who has cancer.
    Out of excitement to see my husband, I went to the car, put my purse on top and my service dog inside and drove away. In the rush, I forgot my purse. 

  • Column: City, county should study other options on recycling

    This is a response to the Lancaster City Council meeting of Nov. 13, where a majority of the council voted to suspend the recycling program.
    The council members other than Mayor Alston DeVenny - the only one who voted against the change - did not adequately consider the current and long-term repercussions of this action. It is my opinion that the council should have considered the following before suspending the recycling program:

  • Column: Proposed limits on White House protests should not be enacted

    The White House. To the world, it’s the image of the United States.
    To Americans, it’s the “us” in U.S. – and the universally recognized metaphor for the president and the administration behind him.
    And for at least 100 years, it’s been the prime spot for demonstrators focused on many of society’s most important issues – war and peace, abortion and gun rights, health care policies and more.

  • Column: Government’s 3 branches set up for a reason

    This is in response to Sonny Jim Doyle’s recent guest column. Apparently, Mr. Doyle thinks that the president is charged with “running the country.” Fortunately, that is not the case.
    The U.S. government is a separation of powers form of government, and it consists of three individual branches: the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch. Each branch is assigned its own tasks and responsibilities. This is to prevent an individual ruler from having the power to control every aspect of government.

  • Column: Growing county needs to protect its archaeological, historical sites

    November is National Native American Heritage Month. As I reflect on this, I see a cause for concern.
    The upswing in the economy and the related growth in the Panhandle of Lancaster County signal vibrant growth. My fear is that we are losing a tremendous number of archaeological and historical sites in this path, as once-open land is logged, graded and paved. Beaufort County experienced a similar phenomenon decades ago.