• Column: A night of high-flying hoops, fun for a cause: Fatherhood

    In three weeks, the Lancaster Fatherhood Project will hold its signature fundraising event of the year, and today I’m asking for your help and participation.
    Our mission is to help men become responsible, engaged and empowered fathers. While we work to strengthen men, the real beneficiary of our program is their children, their other relatives and our entire community.
    We are Lancaster County’s only nonprofit that provides a holistic approach to self-assessment, goal-setting and responsible fatherhood in a peer-group setting.

  • Column: U.S. agency tries to limit FOIA access

    The U.S. Interior Department is trying to make it more difficult for any citizen to request open records, and the National Newspaper Association has joined 39 other news organizations to oppose this.
    The department, which includes such agencies as the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has proposed rules changes for how it administers the federal Freedom of Information Act.
The changes would make it harder for journalists and other citizens to get information.
    The proposal would:

  • Column: Animals have more rights than unborn child in womb

    Two stories have captured the attention of many Americans in the past few days: a new law on abortion in the state of New York, and a law proposed in the U.S. House that would make cruelty to animals a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
    I’m sure that I am not the only one who sees the apparent irony of those two news stories.

  • Column: Hold officials criminally liable for not enforcing immigration law

    When did our local, state and federal representatives get delegated authority to hand this country over to illegal alien immigrants?
    A few states give many benefits to people here illegally, like welfare, college benefits, food stamps. There are elected civil officers who want to maintain the status quo and allow as many aliens as possible to gain entry into America by any means available.

  • Column: S.C. lawmakers probably will fill long-open PSC seat with insider

    After nearly a year and a half of delays, state lawmakers are poised to fill a $107,822 Public Service Commission seat with either an incumbent who voted for electric rate hikes for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, or a former longtime commission staffer.

  • Column: DHEC’s process for selecting agency chief violated state law

    The board of directors of the state’s largest and perhaps most vital regulatory agency, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, has announced its selection of a fellow board member to be the agency’s new director.
    The hiring of Rick Toomey came on the heels of a search lasting 13 months in which the search firm, Find Great People, was unable to identify a candidate satisfactory to the board. Notwithstanding that failed search and the insider hiring of Toomey, the search firm will be paid 20 percent of Toomey’s $178,126 salary for its work.

  • Column: In U.S., officials don’t get to dictate what reporters publish

    On Jan. 6, “60 Minutes” aired an interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with two notable revelations.
    El-Sisi denied that his country has political prisoners, despite documentation. And he confirmed prior reports that Egyptian and Israeli forces have coordinated airstrikes against an Islamic insurgency in the northern Sinai.

  • Column: Yow’s priorities: Teacher salaries, voting machines, state tax rebates

    We have been hard at work in Columbia in committees focusing on the 500 bills that crossed the desk the first day of session.
    There are more than 70 bills in the House Education and Public Works Committee, on which Speaker Jay Lucas has appointed me to serve, and well over 100 bills in the Judiciary Committee alone.
    In the chamber last week, I joined my fellow House members in unanimously supporting legislation to exempt federal workers in South Carolina from being penalized for not paying their property taxes on time while the federal government is shut down.

  • Column: S.C. ag agency: If we build it, they will come

    The S.C. Department of Agriculture, which for years has been involved with taxpayer-backed economic development projects, now wants millions to construct buildings statewide in hopes of attracting new agribusinesses.
    In his written budget request for fiscal 2019-20, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said the agency needed another $1 million to “continue funding agricultural related economic development projects not supported by traditional state incentives,” though he didn’t give specifics.

  • Column: Let’s not take for granted our plentiful access to food

    I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Catawba County, N.C.
    I enjoyed the farm life, but knew I didn’t want the seven days a week commitment of a dairy farm. That is why I studied computer science and eventually moved to Lancaster.
    Jan. 11-15 was the 100th American Farm Bureau Convention, and I accompanied my father to the convention in New Orleans. He has been involved in Farm Bureau and is supportive of their mission to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.