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Columns

  • Guest Column: Key element of road safety: Obey the rules in work zones

    The Lancaster News recently observed traffic problems resulting from the many road construction projects taking place in our county.
    The other day, I drove through four work zones across Lancaster County, starting on S.C. 903 and ending in Indian Land on U.S. 521. With the increase in road funding, we can expect to see a lot more work in the years to come – all of it helping bring much-needed relief to our long-ignored road needs.

  • Guest Column: Do we want America’s children to model themselves on Trump?

    This is in response to William St. Louis’s letter of Aug. 3. In it, he deplores the outbreak of racism that has come out of the closet since the candidacy and inauguration of Donald Trump as president.
    I am writing this letter to honor my parents. My father drew himself up by the bootstraps out of a poverty-stricken childhood, joining the Army, going to Harvard and Virginia medical school on an Army scholarship. The insecurities of his childhood did not prevent him from becoming one of the best internists in his area, and he lived to serve others.

  • Guest Column: Navigating utility crisis is key to S.C. energy future

    Two years ago, South Carolina received the worst financial news in its history.
    Santee Cooper and its partner SCE&G were abandoning construction of two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, leaving the utilities $4 billion and $5 billion in debt, respectively.
    For most of the following two years, the utilities battled their critics who opposed ratepayers being made to pay any of the nuclear debt. Most believe the debacle resulted from the utilities’ poor management decisions, public deceit and possible criminal behavior.

  • Guest Column: Trump’s rants convince me he is a racist

    Generally, successful protests for changes in government policies come from the bottom. Citizens gain strength through a groundswell of protests that finally convince Congress to change course.  

  • Guest Column: Least-noticed part of law enforcement – incarceration

    Much of what the public sees of the criminal justice system is from news and television programs that show the front end – the arrests and investigations by law enforcement – and the back end – the courtrooms and trials.

  • Column: More memories of Lancaster mill pool

    A couple of months ago, The Lancaster News Editor Brian Melton wrote an interesting personal perspective article about the Springs Lancaster Plant, in which he mentioned fond memories of the mill pool.
    I want to share my own quick memory of the mill pool, and, more importantly, tell you about a part of the pool that is still around.
    As a boy, I lived on Fickling Drive, across from what is now Sambo’s 903 Drive In.

  • Guest Column: Can anti-trust law save newspapers?

    Federal and state anti-trust laws date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, way before the emergence of the modern internet-fueled economy. But increasingly these old laws and concepts are being seen as the means of limiting the influence of the dominant internet platforms, and perhaps of helping print media, particularly newspapers, remain viable.

  • Guest Column: Did lawmakers violate law with DOT Commission suggestions?

    An Upstate legislative delegation might have skirted the state’s open-meetings law last year by privately recommending candidates for a Department of Transportation Commission seat to the governor, The Nerve found in a review.
    In interviews in mid-July, Greenville County GOP Reps. Mike Burns and Garry Smith said the Greenville and Spartanburg county legislative delegations each sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster supporting a different candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat now held by Woodrow “Woody” Willard.

  • Guest Column: FOIA violations in USC presidential search

    Well, this is a fine kettle of fish.
    The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees appears to be bowing to political pressure to hire a new president who was previously rejected at the end of a search that cost about $200,000 and didn’t produce a candidate who could get enough votes to be selected.

  • Norman: Why I voted against extending 9/11 victim fund for 70 years

    H.R. 1327 was the wrong way to do the right thing.
    The bill, titled Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act of 2019, passed the House by a 402-12 vote July 12, sending it to the Senate for further consideration.
    I was one of the no votes, and I want you to understand my reasoning.