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For the sake of journalism, stop correspondents' dinner

The 2018 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner should be the last. It never has been a particularly good idea for journalists to don their fanciest clothes and cozy up to the people they cover, alongside Hollywood celebrities who have … more

Colleges are anti-diversity and pro-exclusion

Just within the past week or so, some shocking professorial behavior has come to light. In the wake of Barbara Bush's death, California State University, Fresno professor Randa Jarrar took to Twitter to call the former first lady an "amazing … more

President Trump's Saudi policy gamble

Seventy-three years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt, on his trip back from the Yalta conference with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin, held his last meeting with foreign leaders, aboard the USS Quincy in the Suez Canal's Great Bitter Lake. One was with … more

Prison riot might have been worse if not for this man's influence

COLUMBIA - In 1995, the S.C. Department of Corrections - like many other prison systems across the country - was in the midst of record-setting growth. The prisons were already plagued by over-crowding and aging, insufficient infrastructure when … more

What Democrats can learn from President Macron

WASHINGTON - Emmanuel Macron and President Trump don't agree on much. Macron is a globalist; Trump is a nationalist. Macron is a free-trader; Trump just imposed protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum. Macron wants the United States to remain in … more

Left-wing fools in the high church of American liberalism

Where do we draw the line? If you're a college professor with tenure, can you say anything, no matter how hateful, and get away with it? Are there any limits to free speech on campus, especially at a public university where professors have First … more

If we use solar, why should utilities charge us for electricity we don't use?

COLUMBIA - I wrote an email [April 11] with the subject line, "a dark day for solar in S.C." That is the most concise way to express my disappointment and frustration around Tuesday's actions in the S.C. House. [April 10], the House voted to undo … more

Block cell signals to prevent future prison violence

Here in South Carolina, the wireless carriers have had quite a successful and profitable week. From news accounts, the pre-paid minutes and data that carriers sell to providers of anonymous, pre-paid phones have been used by gangs to spread deadly … 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

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

Educational fraud at every level continues

Earlier this month, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation's Report Card, was released. It's not a pretty story. Only 37 percent of 12th-graders tested proficient or better in reading, and only 25 percent did so in … more

Collusion by Obama administration, anyone?

As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility … more

Let's restore hope to our prison system after gang war

Editor's note: Georgetown attorney and Sumter native Ed Bell is president of the Charleston School of Law. The bloody melee that left seven prisoners dead and 22 wounded last week in Bishopville wasn't a riot. Inmates at Lee Correctional … more

A gobbler in the wind

It was cold, and the wind was blowing in waves across the big field carpeted in red sour weed. I could see the ground blind just over the crest of the field, in the edge of the pines. There were no turkeys in the field, and I was hopeful that none … more
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