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Columns

  • Column: Time for action, not just prayers, to end shootings at U.S. schools

    I am writing in response to Joseph C. Hinson’s Friday column headlined “Agonize, pray, repeat: School shooting routine never changes.”
    I disagree with his repeated statement: “This is who we are now, America.”
    I believe this is where “they” want us to be. There is a solution to what is going on, and guns in the wrong hands – or any weapon – is the problem. Prayer is the answer.

  • Column: Treasurer: No cash payments at IL office, opening July 17

    Part of keeping the treasurer’s office taxpayer-friendly is coming up with new choices for improved customer service. As part of my promise to put Lancaster County taxpayers first, the treasurer’s office will soon begin offering service at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center.

  • Column: S.C. Supreme Court ruling allows money-laundering of tax dollars

    Money laundering had its origins with crime syndicates. Former SLED chief Robert Stewart said that one of the dangers of South Carolina’s legalization of video poker was that it provided a statewide network of money laundromats.

  • Column: Momentum is building for June 16 prayer rally

    People across our community are getting excited as they prepare for one of the largest prayer gatherings ever to be held in Lancaster.
    “Unity and Synergy” is the theme of this year’s Lancaster Citywide Unity Prayer Rally, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, on the courthouse grounds downtown.
    More than 70 local churches, evangelistic ministries and businesses are involved thus far and are participating in various ways. Our mission is to seek God’s help for our city and its people.

  • Column: Agonize, pray, repeat: School shooting routine never changes

    Relax, America. There is nothing to see here. This is who we are now.
    Sure, 10 more kids are dead at the hands of a schoolmate. But the news cycle will play out as it always does. Follow along in your program if you will.
    First will come the breathless news reports as reporters arrive on screen and snatch anyone who will be interviewed live on TV. They don’t even have to have witnessed anything. Second-hand information as well as rumor and innuendo are fine if they can speak somewhat coherently into the microphone.

  • Candidate column: Democrats have chance to change course of state with this election

    When I was born, my father was a Presbyterian minister in the Upstate.
    A few years later, he took a new church and moved us all to Alabama. It was there, at a very young age, I learned the most important lesson of my life.
    As a man of God with a civic conscience, Dad believed he was called to be a voice for civil rights and human dignity. In the beginning, I didn’t know that he realized what it would cost him.

  • Candidate column: State must fix roads, bridges

    How many times do we have to see crumbling roads and bridges before we see action in Columbia?
    For decades, South Carolina has had roads that are in constant disrepair. It impacts economic development, public safety, tourism and our quality of life.
    We need a governor who will make transportation a priority. While career politicians will always cry for more money, that’s not the solution. That is an excuse. Our roads are failing because state government isn’t doing its job with the money it already has.

  • Guest column: Come tell us more of your dreams for county library

    We asked and you responded. Over 1,110 responses poured in when we asked you to reflect on your “library of the future.”
    Roughly 45 percent of our survey respondents came from the city of Lancaster, 41 percent from the Indian Land/Fort Mill ZIP Code, and 14 percent scattered across the rest of the county.
    We asked you to tell us about your households. Forty-three percent responded that you live in a two-person household, 12 percent said you have three in your home, 31 percent have four or more members, and 14 percent live alone.

  • 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.