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Columns

  • Column: Pray for justice in the deaths of heroes killed while on duty

    Editor’s note: The writer’s son, York County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent McCants, was shot to death while on duty Sept. 25, 1992.

    Detective Mike Doty was killed while on duty with the York County Sheriff’s Office.
    My heart goes out to his mother, siblings and friends. A parent never gets over this kind of hurt. It’s half of you. You had this child.
    My son Brent was 23 years old. Mike was 37. So young.

  • Commentary: Trump sought to limit effect of shutdown, Mulvaney says

    Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and former congressman from Indian Land, was back on the Sunday talk shows this week with an insider’s view of the first government shutdown since 2013. Here are excerpts of his interview with John Dickerson on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

    John Dickerson: The president said this shutdown would be a present for him. His son Eric Trump said this is good for the administration. Why is it good for the administration?

  • Column: VTIL’s case all glittering generalities

    I’m a New Jersey native who retired and moved to Indian Land in 2014.
    After looking in York, Union and Mecklenburg counties, I finally decided on settling here in Indian Land. I found a thriving community with all the services my family needed, but less government and taxes than the other three counties offered.  

  • Column: Culture, not salary, retains good teachers

    I read the S.C. Education Department’s “Committee on Educator Recruitment and Retention Recommendations” with great interest when it was released Dec. 31.
    The first school district to retain the services of my company, E Squared, to help them recruit teachers was in South Carolina, and I’ve worked with about 15 districts across the state, large and small, though never with Lancaster County.

  • Column: Carnes: VTIL understating town’s property-tax burden

    As an elected official, I have tried to maintain neutrality in my comments about Indian Land incorporation. To incorporate or to not incorporate is an issue that needs to be decided by the voters within the proposed incorporation area.  
    However, I do feel that the information presented to the public needs to be accurate. In conversations with Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL) members going back to 2015, I have pointed out that the budget needed to be realistic and information needs to be presented accurately.

  • Column: Book shows role of press in S.C. civil rights struggle

    If 2017 is bookmarked in history, it will be as the year of reassessment.
    During the year we’ve been urged to reassess the meaning of sexual harassment. We’ve been urged to reassess what is “normal” conduct for a president of the United States. And, sometimes with violence, we’ve been confronted with a reassessment of those who are honored by statues and monuments in public places.

  • Column: Girls on the Run teams up with Sims Foundation in local schools

    Girls on the Run Tri County is working with the J. Marion Sims Foundation to expand its middle-school program, Heart and Sole, in Lancaster County Schools.
    Heart and Sole is Girls on the Run’s program that meets the unique needs of girls in sixth to eighth grade. The program addresses the whole girl – body, brain, heart, spirit and social – in a positive space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, develop empathy and strengthen connections with their peers and coaches.

  • Essay: Abolish poverty, violence, hatred

    The world isn’t a perfect place. It has poverty, pollution, violence, and the list continues.
    I have a dream to better the world that we live in. Like the great Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream to have racial equality, I have a dream to help the world and its people.
    I want to make it known to everyone that we can all do better at making the world safer and cleaner. l want to let people know that we can get rid of poverty, violence and hatred in the world to become at peace with one another.

  • Essay: Keep progressing, even with small steps

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that,” said Martin Luther King Jr. “I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great of a burden to bear.”
    For many years, our nation has lacked peace and unity. From war to segregation to this present time, Dr. King’s dream sometimes seems to become a nightmare.
    As we stand collectively in the midst of controversy and challenge, it often seems the dream of unity and peace has been forgotten.

  • Column: For Sun City folks like me, incorporating has no upside

    Last Tuesday night, I attended a presentation in Sun City by the pro-incorporation group and those who don’t support this incorporation effort.
    After listening closely to both presentations, I am convinced that incorporation is not the best option for us.