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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, 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

SCANA needs to sell assets to pay off its nuclear debt

SCANA's board of directors has historically announced their first-quarter dividend payment to shareholders each year on or about Feb. 20. This means that in about a week, they will probably announce plans to funnel to their shareholders 78 percent … more

Gentry liberals own the Democratic party

Amid the brouhahas about the Nunes memo and immigration, an item from Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business caught my eye. Demographers crunching census data estimate that Chicago's black population fell to 842,000, while its white non-Hispanic … more

Trump throws away his momentum for peanuts

WASHINGTON - Last week, President Trump delivered a State of the Union address that won the approval of 75 percent of viewers, including 43 percent of Democrats. Normally, presidents try to ride the wave from a successful State of the Union as long … more

SCANA strategy: Risky quick fix or permanent solution?

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Wednesday edition of the Post and Courier. It is easy to understand why SCE&G electric customers are frustrated and angry about the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project. Nine rate … 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

Nunes duels the deep state

That memo worked up in the Intel Committee of Chairman Devin Nunes may not have sunk the Mueller investigation, but from the sound of the secondary explosions, this torpedo was no dud. The critical charge: To persuade a FISA court to issue a … more

FBI's scandalous attempt to block the Nunes memo

WASHINGTON - Washington is debating the significance of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, but this much should not be debatable: The effort by the FBI to prevent its release was scandalous. The ostensible … more

8 ways the Legislature can make South Carolina better this session

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Sunday edition of The State. COLUMBIA - For more than two decades, The State's editorial board has started each year with an editorial laying out the things the Legislature most needed to do in the … more

Let's limit spending

Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the … more

GOP's ace in the hole

If history is any indication, Republicans could be in for a nasty November. The party of first-term presidents almost always loses House seats in the midterm elections - and having an especially controversial and polarizing president in the White … more

New immigration proposal is presidential

WASHINGTON - President Trump once boasted that his base was so loyal that he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters." Now he's putting that claim to the test with his immigration proposal. In … more
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