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Columns

  • 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.

  • Column: SCDOT honored by trade group that it pays millions

    Christy Hall, chief of the S.C. Department of Transportation, was in a bragging mood at last month’s DOT Commission meeting, announcing that the agency had won three “President’s Transportation Awards” from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
    “I’m proud to announce that once again – once again – the South Carolina DOT has demonstrated that we are one of the best DOTs in the nation, and we are a leader in excellence and innovation,” Hall told commissioners.

  • Column: Pageland needs our help to win $500K contest on reality TV

    Residents of Lancaster County, it’s time to show your Palmetto Pride and help your small-town neighbor to the east by joining the #PickPageland revolution!
    #PickPageland is a social-media campaign designed to help Pageland win a reality TV contest that awards one town in America a $500,000 downtown revitalization.
    Pageland has made the Top 20 out of more than 12,000 towns that applied to the “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” television show. No other town from South Carolina was selected.

  • Column: Donald Trump is doing his job

    In 2016, America saw one of its the most bitter election battles between two candidates – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This battle, though, was not only fought by the candidates, but by the citizens of America and the media as well.