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Protecting our state's forests

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Monday edition of The Post and Courier. Throughout my 40-plus-year professional forester career serving in both the public and private spheres, I've come to view forestry as an "ideal" business … 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

Should we try to protect kids or confiscate guns?

In days gone by, a massacre of students like the atrocity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have brought us together. But like so many atrocities before it, this mass murder is tearing us apart. The perpetrator, the sick and evil … more

Tax reform used to be unpopular. Not anymore.

WASHINGTON - When the Republican-controlled Congress first approved its tax bill in December, most Democrats believed it would be a political loser for the GOP. Indeed, a New York Times poll found that just 37 percent of Americans approved of the … more

We're all rooting for laundry

I reluctantly have come to believe that most Americans - whether they're members of the chattering class in the media or your next-door neighbor - have lost the ability, and sometimes even the desire, to persuade anyone to change his or her mind on … 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

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
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