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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

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

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

Don't believe offshore drilling advocates' hype and scams

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 15 edition of the Post and Courier. I have listened to most pro-oil and gas exploration and drilling arguments and find them to be hype or just plain scams probably created by public relations … more

Will automation kill our jobs?

A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title "Robots will destroy our jobs - and we're not ready for it." The article claims, "For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. ... This disruption … more

Despite the Olympic glow, half of Korea remains in darkness

WASHINGTON - Watching the media fawning over the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics, I recalled a picture that my old boss, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, kept under the glass of a table in his office - a satellite photo of … more

1 thing we know for sure after a mass shooting

Here we go again. This time it was at a high school in Florida. It has become depressingly familiar. Not just the horrific shooting, but also the words that come after something like this. Politicians assure us that the victims and their families … more

Sumter Mayor: Citizens have role in public safety

At a recent City Council meeting, Police Chief Russell Roark reviewed the most recent crime statistics for our city. Under his leadership of an outstanding group of men and women, crime has come down almost 25 percent over the last seven years. … more

Appreciating our 18th president

This Presidents' Day, I've been reading Ron Chernow's excellent new book on Ulysses S. Grant. Grant is an interesting choice for Chernow, who is best known for biographies of figures like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, legendary … more

A love letter to journalism

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Wednesday edition of News Media Alliance. When I traveled with my family as a child, I would drag my parents to gift shops in every new city, looking for postcards and tchotchkes to commemorate our … more

Senators raise questions that should trouble all Americans

WASHINGTON - After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sent his memo laying out potential abuses of the FISA process by the FBI to the White House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., demanded that he be removed as chairman. Nunes … more

South Carolina should eliminate income taxes on senior citizens

Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said that there were two certainties in life: death and taxes. South Carolina has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to eliminate one of those "certainties," the state income tax, and transform our … more

Is U.S. being sucked into Syria's war?

Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed. Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. … 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
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