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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

All politicians bought, sold by interest groups

Here is an idea ... Want to get the NRA out of all of the politicians' pockets? Me too. And while you are screeching about that, how about we get all pharmaceutical, oil, heck, any special interest money out of their pockets as well. Maybe, … more

Editorial roundup: Feb. 23, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal Feb. 20 Race, religion and other issues need to be discussed Will one discussion solve everything? Anything? Probably not. How about two? Three? Does the size … 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

Idiocy must stop if we want a strong America

Recently, a letter to the editor on a Fox network segment criticized the Democratic Party for its foolishness on DACA, immigration reform and many other segments related to immigration. They (the Dems) are more interested in "illegals" than in our … more

All lives matter, no matter our color

We are living in a world today, in my opinion, is a very dangerous world! Why in the name of all that is holy can't we get along with each other and never look at skin color? We were all made in the image of God. Each one of us when we bleed … more

Who is to blame for local funding problem?

The left and right hands of the government are not working together on the local government fund, "Sumter County councilman bothered by funding comment." Someone is to blame, and it needs to get resolved in a public forum. Either County Council … 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

Editorial roundup: Feb. 16, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal Feb. 14 Punishment for crimes should be a deterrent If you don't wanna do the time, don't do the crime. Most readers are probably familiar with that sentiment. Many, … 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
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