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Did Putin order Salisbury hit?

Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit. "We think it overwhelmingly likely that … more

The U.S. was not always like this

One of the unavoidable tragedies of youth is the temptation to think that what is seen today has always been. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in our responses to the recent Parkland, Florida, massacre. Part of the responses to those murders are … more

How Southern lynching gave birth to South Carolina's death penalty

COLUMBIA - The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened last month in Montgomery, commemorating 4,400 confirmed lynchings in the United States between 1877 and 1950, and documenting lynching as a form of terrorism used to maintain white … more

Trump tried going big on DACA. Now he should go small.

WASHINGTON - President Trump's tweet promising "NO MORE DACA DEAL" was an Easter gift to Democrats, letting them off the hook for their failure to seriously negotiate an immigration agreement. Rather than pulling the plug on any Deferred Action for … more

50 years later, carrying Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy forward

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the Wednesday edition of The Post and Courier. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life - longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's … more

Candidates for office shouldn't be seeking to become richer

I am writing to inform I attended the Sumter County Democratic Party Breakfast on May 26 on Broad Street, Sumter. This was an opportunity for me to listen and meet those who are … more

What is America's cause in the world today?

After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch and his priests in sacred vestments … more

Democrats need more than an anti-Trump platform to win

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 11 edition of The Post and Courier. One of the right's most common, and best, arguments for the Trump presidency is that it shattered the Republican Party's calcified agenda. Invested in a … 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

Hair of the dog can have bad bite

I thought about writing a column last week about Easter but decided not to do so as it may have offended many readers. It was about a former Item editor who liked to hold Easter egg hunts for her friends in her yard. The thing is, the eggs she hid … more

Why North Korea will be watching what Trump does in Syria

WASHINGTON - President Trump's decision last year to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base was intended to send the Assad regime a message that its use of chemical weapons would no longer be tolerated. But the strikes also had a … 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

Young people ignorant about capitalism vs. socialism

Several recent polls, plus the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, demonstrate that young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from … more

Hamm is playing the cards of a covert few

History does repeat itself. Several months ago, a local minister wrote that members of our school board do not ask the superintendent probing questions. Well, we have an interim superintendent … more

Nothing wrong with a census question about citizenship

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is being sued over its plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, which California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) says "is not just a bad idea - it is illegal." No, it's not. There … more
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