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We know our struggling rural schools can improve because some already are

Editor's note: This column originally ran in The State on Feb. 7. COLUMBIA - In two of our state's poorest counties, public schools are thriving. Graduation rates and student achievement are much better than they were just a few years ago. … more

In a Trump hunt, beware perjury trap

Asked if he would agree to be interviewed by Robert Mueller's team, President Donald Trump told the White House press corps, "I would love to do it ... as soon as possible. ... under oath, absolutely.'' On hearing this, the special counsel's … more

Is president nuts? How about psychiatrists who think so?

It's been a while now since the president's doctor said that while Mr. Trump could stand to lose a few pounds, he's in "excellent" health. He's got a good heart rate, good blood pressure levels - and when it comes to his cognitive abilities, he's … more

Don't politicize ongoing Russia investigation

WASHINGTON - The indictment issued on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller shows a conspiracy of stunning sophistication by Kremlin-connected Russians, posing as American citizens or using stolen U.S. identities, to influence the 2016 … more

Small newspapers make a big difference for many reasons

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 7 edition of The Gazette, www.ourgazette.com. Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper. Small, weekly … more

A war without an objective, 6,000 days in

"The war is over." - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan (April 2002) "I believe victory is closer than ever before." - Vice President Mike Pence in Afghanistan (December 2017) WASHINGTON - With metronomic regularity, … more

The bad business decisions that brought down Santee Cooper

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the March 9 edition of The Post and Courier. When Santee Cooper was created 84 years ago to generate electricity for rural South Carolina, making good business decisions was a priority. Over the … more

Genetics undercutting case for racial quotas

"I am worried," writes Harvard geneticist David Reich in The New York Times, "that well-meaning people who deny the possibility of substantial biological differences among human populations are digging themselves into an indefensible position, one … more

It's now time to protect public workers from unions' coercion

WASHINGTON - The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is ostensibly a public worker union. In truth, it is nothing more than an appendage of the Democratic Party. One hundred percent of its political contributions go to … more

Liberals don't hate America; conservatives aren't racists

WASHINGTON - I'm a rock-ribbed conservative who wants Republicans to keep control of Congress. But I'm not unhappy that Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone appears to have lost the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional … more

GOP's gun temptation

Editor's note: This column by Kimberley A. Strassel first appeared in The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 22, 2018. Republicans have held the political high ground on gun rights for decades, and they've done it by sticking together and sticking to … more

Leave South Carolina coast out of oil mix

This originally appeared as an editorial in The Charleston Post and Courier. South Carolina apparently meets all the criteria for an exemption from President Donald Trump's ill-advised offshore oil drilling program. Just consider the recent … more

We don't need bad law about libel, slander

President Donald Trump said, "We are going to take a strong look at our country's libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts." The president was … more

Is democracy on the way down?

"The Western democratic system is hailed by the developed world as near perfect and the most superior political system to run a country,'' mocked China's official news agency. "However, what's happening in the United States today will make more … more

Prison deaths are piling up in S.C. - does anybody care?

Editor's note: This column was originally published in the March 24 edition of The Post and Courier. The South Carolina Department of Corrections website is a wealth of information: You can track the inmate population over almost a half century. … more

Will deep state break Trump?

"It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson's authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon," wrote David Broder on Oct. 8, 1969. "The likelihood is great that they will succeed … more

Tariffs will force Trump to break key promises

WASHINGTON - President Trump's announcement that he will impose stiff tariffs on American companies that purchase imported steel and aluminum should have come as no surprise. From moving our embassy to Jerusalem to pulling out of the Paris climate … more
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