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Political circuses

Our political system, including both the Democratic and Republican parties, has been described at various times as a circus. And for many years the late Drew Pearson penned a popular syndicated column whose title, "The Washington Merry Go Round," … more

S.C. election reform could restore trust

Americans have lost trust in their democratic institutions and elected representatives. This holds true at the national and state levels, and South Carolina is no exception. Restoring trust is essential to the survival of republican government in … more

We need to work together to tackle S.C. opioid crisis

The Charleston County Medical Society wrote an op-ed that was published Aug. 13 in The Post and Courier. I appreciate the group engaging in this discussion, and I want to offer some additional thoughts, mainly focused on long-term sustainable … more

Rep. Smith is a leader for families in Sumter and S.C.

More than 17,000 children across South Carolina were abused or neglected last year - most at the hands of their own parents. The cost to each child's physical and emotional development is incalculable. Children in Sumter are no exception. Last … more

Sen. Jiminy Cricket showed up at hearing

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake may have become a momentary hero for Democrats hoping to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has cinched the role as Jiminy Cricket of the U.S. Senate. Never one to shy away … more

Prosecutor expertly picks apart the case against Kavanaugh during his hearing

WASHINGTON - The decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to have Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Christine Blasey Ford may well be remembered as a brilliant - and quite possibly pivotal - choice. No … more

Racial disparities in suspensions, expulsions of students

President Barack Obama's first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil … more

Are Republicans born wimps, 'nice guys'?

Republican leaders are "a bunch of wimps," said Jerry Falwell Jr. Conservatives and Christians need to stop electing "nice guys." "The U.S. needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government because the liberal fascists Dems … more

Fund is important for conservation, outdoor recreation

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important source of federal funding that has been used to protect the public spaces that South Carolinians care about. LWCF is funded by royalties on oil and gas drilling offshore, not taxpayer dollars, and … more

Teachers leave because we don't let them teach

"Imagine seeing a 200-pound student chase down one of your teachers and punch her in the face and break her glasses and continue to punch her." "'Standardized Test Scores.' Those three words head the list of reasons teachers like me give up their … more

How abortion polarized America

"Here's my question," tweets legal scholar Jeffrey A. Sachs, obviously in response to the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "What is the alternative reality where Roe was never decided, levels of partisan polarization are … more

Kavanaugh fights back at hearing

WASHINGTON - As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse - and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a … more
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