Vic Column

  VIC's View: Wasting Away - that’s somebody else   Against my better judgment I did not work the evening of April 25 and the daytime of April 26. It was not something I had planned, and when I was told I was going to miss work that Thursday night, I was a little annoyed. My faithful, but sometimes...
  I was privileged to see last Wednesday Elton John’s farewell tour performance in Columbia. Despite the mid-week show and getting home in the wee hours of Thursday (people our age are just too old for that) the Colonial was packed. For a guy over 70 (!). Same held true for last month’s Fleetwood...
  Alas, it’s 43 years too late for me. Me, a high school graduate from Mt. Pleasant, SC, who went to college without a clue as to a work future. I remember like it was yesterday, walking from Brokaw to Carol Courts, to see if there was any room for me on The Indian staff. The first article I typed...
  I cover this town. I’m interested in things that happen in Laurens, sure. I cover the Laurens County Council because, supposedly, it’s for all the county. Although, the county hasn’t helped us in Clinton hardly at all. We have spec buildings — they’re ours. We have a rec complex coming — it’s...
  It’s good to see that an independent commission is drawing lines for redistricting state house and senate seats in South Carolina. This is real election reform, as opposed to the “reform” of letting people vote by showing their driver’s license. What’s the point of having a voter registration...
  If you ask for a piece of information and the people that have it say, “No,” do you get your 3 dollars back? That is my dilemma after I asked for a police video from the City of Clinton. The video in question is not covered by the state’s open records law, and just making the request carries with...
  The persistent rumor on social media is that the winner of $1.6 billion - yes, that’s Billion with a B - works at ZF Transmissions in Gray Court. We may never know. South Carolina law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous. We understand why, but isn’t this a law that could lead to unintended...
  I am not going to participate in this event, but it is an issue I feel strongly about and there is a connection to Laurens County. I turn 65 on the 29th of this month and, increasingly, I realize I have less and less time left. Domestic violence, certainly, will live on without me - but there is...
  HE WAS “THE MAN WHO REFUSED TO DIE”   People like this, they were just cut from a different cloth. Mr. Sid Oswald died this month at the age of 78. We printed his obituary, then we had a visitor. I had the chance to talk Mr. Sid’s son, Terry, who was still emotional about his dad’s passing....
VIC COLUMN: Our World’s War on Boys   The war on boys in this world is sad and terrifying. One boy is dead, two others are scarred for life because of an incident last weekend in Clinton. Young men of color go to jail at an embarrassingly high rate in the U.S. for a (supposed) industrialized nation...

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