• Redmond column: Trump’s half-hearted response to Charlottesville no surprise

    When I saw TV coverage of the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., I had a hard time distinguishing some of the civilians from the police and National Guard.
    Some of them arrived in camouflage and riot gear, wearing helmets and protective vests. A few carried guns.
    Some of these armed protesters openly identified themselves as “Unite the Right” supporters to reporters on the scene. The allegiance of others was not as clear.
    It seemed to me they were spoiling for a fight. And they made sure they got one.

  • McCusker column: ‘Powers that be’ don’t want IL to vote on incorporation

    What do you think of when I describe the following? Government forces (and those who financially support them) are working hard behind the scenes to twist the law and take actions to disenfranchise voters and prevent democratic self-governance.
    You might imagine Venezuela or some other authoritarian regime.  Amazingly, this describes recent events in Indian Land. Of course, there are no goons on the streets or acts of physical violence. However, the undemocratic manipulations are eerily similar.

  • McGarry column: GOP: Probate backlog alarming

    Three years ago, Lancaster County Republicans, seeking to improve the level of service in county government, fielded a candidate for probate judge.
    Jerry Holt lost in a close race to a two-decade Democratic incumbent. Holt challenged the status quo in the probate court, calling for reforms in the office to improve service, make the office more customer-friendly and prepare for the county’s continued growth.
    According to recent court statistics, these reforms are needed now more than ever.

  • Evans column: All of us should be cooperative, open-minded

    I would like to call attention to Brian Carnes’ guest column in the July 12 paper entitled “Carnes objects to council snubs of IL appointees Holt, Wilson.”
    I agree with his statement: “We can only accomplish greatness by working together and by being open to the ideas of others.” This is a reasonable and rational position.

  • St. Louis column: Resistance to Trump, as long as it’s peaceful, seems justified to me

    This is in response to the July 5 column by Charles Bundy, titled “Negativism, resistance to president must end so we can solve problems.”
    Yes, the president was rightly chosen by the Electoral College, but President Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes.
    People have a right to protest and resist peacefully.

  • McCorkle column: Remembering July 17, 1967 – a fateful day for Jacky Bayne

    This is an edited excerpt from Don Mc-Corkle’s upcoming book, “The Buddy Plan,” which is expected to be published later this summer or fall. The dialogue in the ‘Vietnam: The sickening sound” section are a dramatization from the book. Although McCorkle and Bayne entered the U.S. Army in 1966 together on the Buddy Plan, McCorkle was not present when his friend was injured.

  • Carnes column: Carnes objects to council snubs of IL appointees Holt, Wilson

    On June 12, some members of Lancaster County Council chose not to reappoint Waylon Wilson (District 1) to the Board of Zoning Appeals by a 4-2 vote. On June 26, these same members voted to deny Jerry Holt (District 7) a reappointment to the Planning Commission by a 4-3 vote.
    These men were recommended for appointment by Councilman Terry Graham and myself. Graham also lost an appointee to the Library Commission due to criticism by a council member during a council meeting.

  • McGarry column: County GOP looks ahead to 2018 cycle

    With 2018 coming quickly, Lancaster County Republicans are gearing up for another successful year, following a number of historic wins in 2016 – including seating our first Republican auditor and coroner, and seeing Sheriff Barry Faile win by the largest-ever general election margin in a local sheriff’s race.

  • Newton column: Legislature’s busy session addressed many festering issues

    Here’s my final legislative summary for you regarding the just-finished General Assembly session in Columbia.
    Roads funding and restructuring
    After years of inaction, the General Assembly passed a roads bill that reforms both the S.C. Department of Transportation and the State Infrastructure Bank, as well as provides a major increase in funding for long-overdue maintenance needs. The governor now has the authority – and responsibility – to appoint, oversee and, when necessary, fire the nine SCDOT commissioners.

  • Bundy column: Negativism, resistance to president must end so we can solve problems

    The recent shootings of unarmed members of Congress on a baseball practice field in Virginia is just the latest, but most serious, of a series of reactions to the election of our president.
    The shooter, who was dispatched by two brave security officers on the scene, will be no cost to the taxpayers while he awaits trial.
    This behavior must cease, and we need to face up to the atmosphere that feeds this kind of cowardly action by misfits in our society.