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Columns

  • Column: It’s crazy to let tiny minority decide who’s on Nov. ballot

    Did you vote for a candidate for president in the 2016 general election – or against one? I voted against one, and I’m still bitter about it.
    Not about who won. Like most Americans, I wasn’t happy with the winner, but that’s not what left me bitter.
    What left me bitter is the fact that my only options were a President Donald Trump or a President Hillary Clinton.

  • Column: 2 simple, cheap ways to protect students, teachers from shooters

    The recent mass shootings at schools in Santa Fe, Texas, Parkland, Fla., and Benton, Ky., have generated a great deal of conjecture about ways to protect students during these outrages.
    Many of the ideas were complex, costly and difficult to implement, and none have received universal acceptance. But there are two ways to protect the students and teachers that are both simple and economical.

  • Column: Shame on the culture that glorifies Stormy Daniels

    Americans have been trashing our culture for over 60 years now. There is a lot of evidence that evil is growing because of the trashing of our culture.
    West Hollywood had a big to-do and clambered all over itself to award porn star Stormy Daniels the key to the city. She was given this award at an adult retail store on May 23, 2018. The faces of the men who encircled her really revealed their great delight at what they ignorantly promoted as an honor.

  • Column: With IL move, USCL expands to meet needs in Panhandle

    According to our campus mission statement, USC Lancaster exists “to provide higher education and intellectual leadership to its service area.”
    Likewise, our mission notes that “the original design of the institution incorporated a flexibility that has allowed changes in institutional capability with increasing educational demands of constituents.”

  • Column: Norman: The next tax reform should be cuts for our troops

    It has been just over four months since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law, and the nation is already feeling the positive effects of pro-growth tax reform.
    Americans are seeing the fastest wage gains in the private sector in a decade. We are seeing the fastest growth in capital expenditures since 2011. The unemployment rate is the lowest in 18 years at 3.9 percent. Business optimism is through the roof, and consumer confidence is high.

  • Column: Raising ticket prices hurts the athletes’ families most

    I am writing in regards to the article published in your paper Sunday pertaining to the school board members’ vote to increase the admission price for school sporting events by $1.
    That does not sound like very much. But to the parent of three, four or maybe five kids, it is a very big deal, especially if your child/children participate in multiple sports.

  • Column: The real problem isn’t guns, it’s bureaucrats not doing their jobs

    Since last fall, mass shootings have occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, five days ago.

    These shootings exhibit a common thread, just not the one that the gun-control movement would have you believe.

  • Column: Uniting to help those with mental illness

    In these times of deep division in our country, I would like to point out something that we Americans have in common.
    One in five U.S. residents – across all social classes, races, religious beliefs, genders and ages – lives with some form of mental health condition in a given year. It is so common that it’s becoming an epidemic.
    Despite this fact, there is still stigma associated with having a diagnosis of a mental health condition.

  • Commentary: Scott: Here’s how to ignite job creation and aid towns like Lancaster

    Editor’s note: Sen. Scott testified Thursday before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on the benefits that Opportunity Zones, passed in last year’s federal tax reform bill, will have on distressed communities across the country. In March, Gov. Henry McMaster selected nearly all of the city of Lancaster as two of the state’s 135 Opportunity Zones. The program makes those areas eligible for tax incentives to encourage business creation. Here are excerpts of Scott’s testimony:

  • Column: It’s vital to be ‘in the room where it happens’ these days

    In the second act of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” the Aaron Burr character expresses his jealousy at being excluded from – and his desire to get into – the meetings that his rival Alexander Hamilton participates in where major decisions are made to plot the course of the new United States.
    “I wanna be in the room where it happens,” Burr sings.