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Columns

  • Column: Losing local newspapers threatens our democracy

    If you’re reading this column in your local newspaper, congratulations!
    Just by skimming your eyeballs over this page, whether it’s in print or online, you’re doing a vital service for your hometown, and for democracy as a whole. (Go ahead and take the rest of the day off.)

  • Column: Wake up before Trump sells U.S. out

    Let freedom ring.
    Our country is at a crossroads, where people have to decide what they want in the future. Our government has taken a turn for the worse. 
    I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Republican, independent, liberal or conservative, we have to start sticking together or turn over our country to the Russians.

  • Column: Is Sean Hannity a journalist? Ask ‘who, what, when, why, where, how’

    For a brief period recently, it was a burning national question. Is Fox News star Sean Hannity a “journalist” or not?
    Let’s use the long-held set of journalistic questions to investigate: The proverbial who, what, when, where, why and how?

  • Column: Yes, let’s look at many issues – Democrats veer hard to the left

    Alert the media! It is not often that I have agreed with a Democrat on much of anything lately.
    William St. Louis’ column in Wednesday’s paper said we should not choose candidates based on one issue. He is right.
    We need to examine many issues the candidates support, and the first step is to examine the party of that candidate. The party ideology comes first, says Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

  • Column: I’m focusing on our citizens, our employees, moving city forward

    It’s been three short weeks since this summer’s special election for mayor, and filing for November’s race has already opened.
    Since my swearing in on July 13, I have, along with other city representatives, attended the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s annual meeting, presided over my first Lancaster City Council meeting, met with city employees, and listened to constituent concerns.

  • Column: 1st Amendment: Few Americans can even recall what it contains

    The majority of Americans are supportive of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, but are also unaware of exactly what those rights are, according to the recently released 2018 State of the First Amendment survey by the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute.

  • Column: Exploring better ways to address opioid epidemic in rural America

    In today’s world, news of the opioid epidemic is all around us. The number of tragedies from overdose in our state and throughout the United States is disturbing.
    The epidemic has been justly deemed a public health emergency. Here in our own community, we have been personally affected by the crisis, whether individually or by a family member, friend or acquaintance.  

  • Column: What if Jesus ran against Trump?

    I was on the internet the other night and saw the following tweet: If Jesus showed up and ran for president in 2020 on the platform that human empathy and compassion are more important than personal wealth, do you think Donald Trump’s supporters would call him a liberal to his face or just behind his back?

  • Column: Scott: Changes will create new economic life for distressed

    The U.S. House this month passed the Jobs and Investor Confidence Act, which includes my Senate Bill 3040, the Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2018.
    The Credit Access and Inclusion Act will increase access to credit for nearly 29 million Americans who are creditworthy but “credit invisible.” It’s almost impossible to climb the economic ladder without a credit history, and this bill will eliminate that barrier for people who work hard and do the right thing.

  • Column: Gift for the friend who has everything – Fancy fowl!

    I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Kent Jewell for selling me two of the most beautiful and unusual chickens I’ve ever seen. Yep, chickens.
    I needed them as a birthday present for my friend Tommy Pope. Tommy turned 50 this week, and I wanted to surprise him with something special.
    Tommy means a lot to me and my family. He prosecuted the men who murdered my son, Deputy Brent McCants, in 1992. And he has always stayed in close touch with me and my other son, Billy Dale, who was injured in a car crash in 1988 and now lives in a nursing home.