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Columns

  • Column: Threats to our constitutional republic are being ignored

    When I think back
    On all the crap I learned in high school,
    It’s a wonder
    I can think at all.
    And though my lack of education
    Hasn’t hurt me none,
    I can read the writing on the wall.
    – “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon

    All the people could see the writing on the wall at King Nebuchadnezzar’s party, but only Daniel could tell what it meant.

  • Commentary: Rep. Sanford ‘wasn’t Trump enough in the age of Trump’

    Editor’s note: Rep. Mark Sanford lost in last week’s Republican primary for his congressional seat after President Trump denounced him on Twitter as voters were going to the polls. Sanford was interviewed Sunday by moderator Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Here are excerpts of their discussion.

     

  • Column: Anyone watching as S.C. agency head takes job with a regulated contractor?

    Beverly Buscemi didn’t publicly – and apparently neither privately to key people – reveal specifics about her new job with her resignation at the end of last year as the longtime director of the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.
    “At this time, I feel it is important to move onto other opportunities outside of South Carolina while continuing to follow my passion of supporting individuals with disabilities,” Buscemi wrote in a letter to staff when her resignation was announced in October.

  • Column: Don’t just complain! Change broken politics at ballot box

    Dear voter, you are the reason why America is broken.
    You have no right to complain about your government not working. You have the right every two or four years to overthrow your government and ensure that your government will work. Yet you usually choose the status quo, and the only reason I can see for this is so that you can complain about it.

  • Column: We need help to fight off depression in everyday life

    The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade shocked us this month, highlighting yet again that even the most talented, famous and wealthy among us can suffer unbearable depression. 
    At some point in our lives, we all feel helplessness and despair. I am no stranger to those feelings.
    My house was one of many that became part of the Saluda River in the 2015 floods that swept through Columbia.

  • Column: Time for action, not just prayers, to end shootings at U.S. schools

    I am writing in response to Joseph C. Hinson’s Friday column headlined “Agonize, pray, repeat: School shooting routine never changes.”
    I disagree with his repeated statement: “This is who we are now, America.”
    I believe this is where “they” want us to be. There is a solution to what is going on, and guns in the wrong hands – or any weapon – is the problem. Prayer is the answer.

  • Column: Treasurer: No cash payments at IL office, opening July 17

    Part of keeping the treasurer’s office taxpayer-friendly is coming up with new choices for improved customer service. As part of my promise to put Lancaster County taxpayers first, the treasurer’s office will soon begin offering service at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center.

  • Column: S.C. Supreme Court ruling allows money-laundering of tax dollars

    Money laundering had its origins with crime syndicates. Former SLED chief Robert Stewart said that one of the dangers of South Carolina’s legalization of video poker was that it provided a statewide network of money laundromats.

  • Column: Momentum is building for June 16 prayer rally

    People across our community are getting excited as they prepare for one of the largest prayer gatherings ever to be held in Lancaster.
    “Unity and Synergy” is the theme of this year’s Lancaster Citywide Unity Prayer Rally, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, on the courthouse grounds downtown.
    More than 70 local churches, evangelistic ministries and businesses are involved thus far and are participating in various ways. Our mission is to seek God’s help for our city and its people.

  • Column: Agonize, pray, repeat: School shooting routine never changes

    Relax, America. There is nothing to see here. This is who we are now.
    Sure, 10 more kids are dead at the hands of a schoolmate. But the news cycle will play out as it always does. Follow along in your program if you will.
    First will come the breathless news reports as reporters arrive on screen and snatch anyone who will be interviewed live on TV. They don’t even have to have witnessed anything. Second-hand information as well as rumor and innuendo are fine if they can speak somewhat coherently into the microphone.