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Journalism is crucial to democracy

Oct. 7-13 is National Newspaper Week. It serves as a wonderful reminder of the importance and strength of our industry. It is also a great time to reflect on what we have overcome and where we must go next. 2018 has been a hard year for … more

Enough's enough with violence in Chicago

During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/yde7jb83). Before last week's mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been … more

Reasoning about race

So much of our reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty. In ordinary, as well as professional, conversation, we use terms such as discrimination, prejudice, racial preferences and racism interchangeably, as if they referred to the same … more

Air has seeped out of collusion balloon

"I did not, and of course I looked for it, looked for it hard." That was Bob Woodward, promoting his book on the Trump White House, "Fear," replying to talk radio host and columnist Hugh Hewitt's question "Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in … more

The late hit on Judge Kavanaugh

Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation and possibly his career on the nation's second-highest court. And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or … more

How much evidence do we need to destroy someone?

WASHINGTON - Christine Blasey Ford has accused Brett M. Kavanaugh of attempted rape while they were both in high school - a charge he unequivocally denies. She can't remember the date the alleged attack took place. She isn't even certain about the … more

NATO isn't for defending Montenegro

WASHINGTON - Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently asked President Trump, "Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?" It is a fair question - one that many Americans were asking following Trump's performance at the NATO summit - … more

Liberals are actually against freedom of conscience

Why is it considered "liberal" to compel others to say or fund things they don't believe? That's a question raised by three Supreme Court decisions this year. And it's a puzzling development for those of us old enough to remember when liberals … more

We have model for improving S.C. education

As the final moments of an 18-day ordeal unfolded before him, Citadel graduate and Air Force Maj. Charles Hodges felt a sense of relief, the same one felt the world over. Twelve boys and their soccer coach, stranded in a cave in northern … more

President Trump should dump Rosenstein

Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," and a review of President Donald Trump's record indicate that Trump sometimes swerves at the last minute, betraying his own good instincts and listening to insider advisers. Now is not the time to falter. Trump … more

Trump using tariffs to advance a radical free-trade agenda

WASHINGTON - Give President Trump credit. When he chastised NATO allies over their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, his critics said he was endangering the Atlantic alliance. Instead, his tough stance persuaded allies to spend … more

A California election could catalyze K-12 improvements

LOS ANGELES - November's congressional elections will decide which party will control a narcoleptic institution that is uninterested in performing fundamental functions: Only 43 of the 535 House and Senate seats - 10 in the Senate, 33 in the House - … more

S.C. schools need tougher reading, writing standards

In 2015, South Carolina adopted new standards in English language arts (ELA) after making the decision to "un-adopt" the Common Core. In doing so, the state was well within its rights. But South Carolina also has a responsibility to make sure its … more
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