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Columns

  • Guest Column: San Francisco wrongheaded about NRA

    California has been long known to be a land of fruits, nuts and flakes.
    Current events indicate that nothing has changed. In fact, the situation appears to have deteriorated significantly.
    The action taken by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco on Sept. 3 clearly demonstrates that the human feces that have become so widespread on the streets of this once beautiful city have made their way into the chambers of the board.

  • Guest Column: S.C. needs to defend Electoral College

    How should we elect the president of the United States?
    This was a settled question for most of American history, but today the system is under attack. A California-based campaign wants to throw out the old rules and replace them with a system that would benefit the biggest cities, dismiss small states like South Carolina and create new opportunities for stolen elections.

  • Guest Column: Public agencies in S.C. spend $1M to lobby state officials

    For the first half of this year, North Myrtle Beach agreed to pay a total of $120,000 to a lobbying firm to “work with” the legislature and governor’s office on the city’s behalf, including a push for a law allowing a local sales tax for infrastructure projects, according to a retainer agreement.

  • Guest Column: Senior year coincides with 9/11 anniversary

    At my house we are entering another senior year. As senior years go, I consider myself fairly experienced. I’ve relished in and endured a handful so far (if we’re counting my own and my husband’s). And that’s only high school. College is another story.
    But this senior year is special, and not just because my last and final child is (hopefully) graduating in the spring. This senior year is special because of what happened to all of us 18 years ago.

  • Guest Column: Southern 500 getting plenty of tax dollars

    The thousands of fans who attended the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this month aren’t the only folks supporting the annual NASCAR race.
    For years, taxpayers have subsidized the private stock-car racetrack dubbed “The Track Too Tough to Tame.” State comptroller general records, for example, show that the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) has paid the raceway a collective $500,000 since fiscal 2010, including $150,000 – the single-highest annual amount – last fiscal year.

  • Guest Column: As a child, I watched Dr. Rucker, and I wanted to be just like him

    Icon. Legend. Luminary. Giant. When I think of Dr. Douglas Rucker, those are the words that come to my mind.
    I grew up at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church, and one thing was constant – Dr. Rucker sitting on the third pew from the back every Sunday.
    Never one to cause a scene. Always humble and courteous, no matter the status that he attained in life. He had the vision and ability to make things happen, often for the benefit of the church and the public, his family and his business, Rucker Denistry.

  • Guest Column: Many hands in cookie jars for S.C. pensions, health insurance

    When it comes to receiving taxpayer-funded state retirement and health-insurance benefits, lots of folks have their hands out – and it’s not just government employees.
    Certain nonprofit organizations and quasi-government groups participate in the state pension and health-insurance systems, which mainly cover state, county and local government agencies, according to records provided to The Nerve by the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), which administers those programs.

  • Guest Column: Orange-vest rallies take voters’ concerns to Norman, Graham

    Forty-five constituents of Congressman Ralph Norman’s 5th District, wearing orange vests to symbolize their overall dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump, rallied in front of Norman’s Rock Hill office Aug. 27.
    They wanted to let the congressman know their point of view on gun violence in South Carolina and the nation.
    The majority of the group was from Lancaster County’s Panhandle, but also included about 10 from Lancaster, two from Kershaw and three from North Carolina.

  • Commentary: Graham on China: ‘We’re at that part in the trade war where you feel price increases at Walmart’

    Editor’s note: Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared Sunday on CBS News to talk about President Trump’s trade policy with China, which included a tweet last week ordering U.S. companies to prepare to leave China. Here are excerpts of Graham’s interview with “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan, just after White House adviser Larry Kudlow told Brennan the president has statutory authority to stop U.S. business activity in China.

  • Guest Column: Lancaster Girl Scouts travel, learn, help their community

    Girl Scouts of Lancaster have been on the go over the past year and having a great time as they learn, travel and help other people.
    The girls have had the opportunity to participate in many community service projects.
    Lancaster District AME Zion Group 970 helped with the Sickle Cell Foundation Festival. The girls passed out water, helped with games and led the parade. They really enjoyed this and are so excited to participate again.
    Girls from First United Methodist Church assisted with the lantern tour and other projects at Andrew Jackson State Park.