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'Little speech' could be most eloquent about democracy in our U.S. history

On Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly … more

Paradise lost

WASHINGTON - When polarity defines us, it's easy to lose sight of our common humanity. But all is not political, as nature increasingly reminds us. The fires in California that have destroyed lives, homes and towns - displacing thousands and … more

Knowing Brewer as mentor, friend was an honor

A tribute to Billy Brewer, my friend, my coach, my fishing teacher, my hunting teacher, my Sunday school teacher, my second Dad, my insurance man, my mentor, and many, many more. What an honor it was to know him and have him as my friend so many … more

Reason to give thanks amid complaints

"It's the worst of times." The words are Charles Dickens', from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, … more

GOP's rumored woman problem

WASHINGTON - It has been long rumored that the Republican Party has a woman problem, so much so that a few years ago GOP congressmen sent aides to classes on how to talk to and about women. Republicans didn't learn much. Their articulation issues … more

Thank you Sumter for support during campaign

I would like to thank the citizens of Sumter for their support and encouragement during this recent election season. Nearly 1,000 people trusted me with their votes; and despite the fact that I did not tally the most votes, I feel confident in … more

A midterm wake-up call for the GOP

In sports, the team that loses is the team that studies the game-day tapes the hardest. In the military, it's called an after-action review. Businesses that don't examine loss die. But somehow in politics, it's different. Too often, political … more

Editorial roundup: Nov. 16, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal Nov. 14 Exercise should be required in all U.S. schools Whew! Thank goodness a report came out regarding new guidelines for exercise, the first released since the … more

Split election result sends polarized politics toward 2020

The Republican president, considered a lightweight and an ignoramus by many in Washington, suffered a setback in the offyear elections, losing several seats and effective control in the House, while maintaining and perhaps strengthening his party in … more

Nothing wrong with populist nationalism, American-style

WASHINGTON - When French President Emmanuel Macron denounced populist nationalism this week and called on world leaders to support institutions such as the United Nations that defend "the common good of the world," liberal elites cheered. The speech … more

Macron to Trump: 'You're no patriot!'

In a rebuke bordering on national insult Sunday, Emmanuel Macron retorted to Donald Trump's calling himself a nationalist. "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism." As for Trump's policy of … more

This Thanksgiving, dig deep and find what you're thankful for

When I first learned of this month's topic of "Thankfulness" for the Facebook group blog I contribute to, I thought, "well, yeah, that makes sense because it's the month of … more

Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats taking the Senate

WASHINGTON - Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats' campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost … more

Relief is yet to come after midterms

WASHINGTON - It wasn't a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a … more
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