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Reunion, 'Post' movie remind of newspapers' crucial purpose

Editor's note: This column originally ran on April 11 in Inkblots, Mississippi Press Association's blog. OLIVE BRANCH - This town used to be known only to me as the "last pit stop before Memphis." In the '70s, Olive Branch seemed little more … more

Strike was meant to project strength. It did the opposite.

WASHINGTON - In 2013, after Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crossed President Obama's red line and used chemical weapons on innocent civilians, a U.S. official told the Los Angeles Times that Obama's retaliatory strike would likely be "just muscular … more

Close the state's revolving door between agencies, regulated industry

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the Wednesday edition of the Post and Courier. The revolving door between state agencies and the industries they regulate goes back decades in South Carolina. You could call it a Palmetto State … more

Don't take The Onion's pessimism too seriously

"Study: 90 Percent Of Americans Strongly Opposed To Each Other." That's the headline on a story in what, on some days, seems to be America's most reliable news outlet, The Onion. We laugh (or at least I did) because it strikes a chord. Americans … more

Our veterans deserve better health care

WASHINGTON - As senators consider the nomination of the next secretary of veterans affairs, they should first reflect on the story of an Army veteran named Jason White. White served our country in Afghanistan, where he was severely injured by an … more

Our state needs a gerrymandering fix

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the Feb. 18 edition of The Post and Courier. State legislatures that engage in extreme partisanship in drawing voting district boundaries are pushing their luck. Unless something changes this year, … more

How ignorant we are about future events

Here's a question for you: In 1950, would it have been possible for anyone to know all of the goods and services that we would have at our disposal 50 years later? For example, who would have thought that we'd have cellphones, Bluetooth technology, … more

Jenrette was respected preservationist

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 24 edition of The Post & Courier. Richard Jenrette bought Millford Plantation and 400 acres around the plantation in Sumter in 1992. He restored the site and in 2008 donated it to be used as a … more

Bethune is making history - again

More than six decades after her death, May 18, 1955, Sumter County native Mary Jane McLeod Bethune is making history, again. The Florida Legislature recently passed, and its governor signed into law, legislation providing that a statue in the … more

Women against free speech?

Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn't expect to see stands out - a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting. My latest sighting of such … more

Let the sun shine on the public right to know

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the March 12 edition of The Times and Democrat. The First Amendment assures there will be no prohibition on press freedom, but it does not ensure that government must cooperate in any way with a … more

Can Trump sustain newfound aura of gravitas after speech?

WASHINGTON - It was a good speech. Calm down. I said good. Despite talking for an hour and 20 minutes, the longest speech since Bill Clinton's much-mocked 2000 stem-winder, Donald Trump's first State of the Union address did exactly what it … more

Resistance needs to get out of the way of prosperity

As I write this, it's Friday, Groundhog Day. Therefore, I'm using this space to pay tribute to groundhogs in the hope they will get out of their holes and bring us an early spring and get us through this endless winter. Enough with cold. Spring … more
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