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Columns

  • All my employer can say is "Moo moo, Labor who?"

    It’s seems hard to believe on Labor Day weekend I was working cows and getting up hay and working on equipment.  
    For some crazy reason I thought this was a holiday. Then I remembered I lived on a farm and there are no holidays.
    But more to the point I realized I didn’t understand this holiday nor did I really know what it stood for.  So,I did a little research and discovered the real meaning of the holiday. Here’s the definition as I found it on Wikipedia:

  • As in as backwards

    After having been here for 4 years now, there are some things I am continually observing and trying to figure out because they are still not making much sense to me.
    I often keep a running list of things in my head for future reference/discussion or for seeking an explanation of.
    Just in the past week or so I've been wondering about some of these things.

  • Hey mister, do you need a...

    It was about 6:30 on Tuesday evening, I was on my way to dance class, running late as usual, when I drove past Trinity and started by the hospital. That’s when it happened.  
    I noticed as I approached the hospital there was an elderly gentleman walking down the side of the road, clothed neat as a pen, britches pressed to perfection, just walking.
    I tell you all of this because as I drove past him and started to make my turn, all that kept running through my mind was, “He might be Jesus, what if he’s Jesus, could he be Jesus?"  

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Senate passes immigration reform bill, but ...

    Frustrated by the failure to complete the conference committee report, the Senate amended another House bill in a final attempt to address immigration reform.

  • Of Gamecock fans, Relays events and things

    This column might read like it's about more than one thing. Like it's veering off down a totally different direction. It's about one thing, I promise.

    Over the years at the papers where I've worked, I've helped out Relay for Life.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Adult Ed asks churches to join effort

    Dear Church Family,

    In today's world, it's good advice to never judge a day by its weather. With gas prices on the rise, jobs heading across the border and the unemployment rate in Chester County at 12 percent (three times the national average) it may sometimes be difficult to see the sun through the clouds. However, knowing that change is a "job", we can help and so can you.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Immigration discussion stalls on minor detail

    The Senate Finance Committee passed on to the Senate calendar several bills that have already received second reading. One bill provides for a non-refundable income tax credit for any meat packer, butcher, or processing plants licensed or permitted by the state or the US Department of Agriculture. It provides that during the tax year for which the credit is claimed there must be a valid contract with a non-profit organization to process deer for donation to any charitable organization engaged in distributing food to the needy.

  • Lot of good causes kicking around county

    I almost gave the first time I heard about it. I might have been the first, if I had not restrained myself.

    But I did. And I let others do what needed to be done.

    In January, the Chester County Chamber of Commerce announced it was going to start a scholarship in honor of Tommy Davis.

    Like I said, I almost gave right then.

    I liked Tommy, a lot.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Budget passes after many hard funding choices

    We had to make some tough funding decisions after the Board of Economic Advisors adjusted estimated state revenue downward by $180 million. The estimate included an unexpected shortfall in the current budget year of $90 million and an additional $90 million decrease for fiscal year 2009-2009.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: New estimate deals blow to current, new budgets

    Only days after the Senate Finance Committee passed our version of the state's $7.2 billion budget, we heard the distressing news that the Board of Economic Advisers had reduced revenue estimates by $90 million for this budget year.

    Immediately an emergency meeting to deal with this crisis was called.

    After hours of deliberations, it was decided to cut out the 2 percent raise for state employees. The other $50 million was to eliminate some projects from the reserve fund of $124.5 million.