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Thank you to those who helped in emergency

June 25 will be a day that my wife, Barbara, and I will remember for the rest of our lives. Immediately after lunch, Barbara and I sat down to watch TV. About 1:10, Barbara told me that she was not … more

Editorial roundup: Sept. 14, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Sept. 10 Uranium spill investigation is rightly reopened The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rightly reopened an investigation into whether radioactive material … more

To op-ed writer: If you can't serve honorably, don't serve

WASHINGTON - The "deep state" exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump's own senior … more

Let's keep our lower tax rates

Prior to an election, many politicians talk about helping the "working middle class," but for decades these good citizens have seen no improvement in their finances, until now with the new tax rates. However, it is not the lower tax rates they will … more

It's our Constitution, not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the "Father of the Constitution": "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to … more

Trump isn't the 1st president to cozy up to Putin

WASHINGTON - The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result, which is one of the many reasons President Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed so insane. Trump … more

Boys and Girls State teens provide reasons for optimism for our state

Each year, hundreds of South Carolina high schoolers get a close-up lesson in how government works as part of the Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State programs. Sponsored nationally by the American Legion, Boys State and Girls State are … more

Contrary to media coverage, most Americans aren't that into politics

For many obsessed with politics, the upcoming midterm elections are perceived as a fight between good and evil that will determine the fate of the nation. In the narrative framed by true believers and much media coverage, it's a fight between those … more

Final queries for Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Four decades ago, New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual Democrat, observed with amazement and regret that Republicans had become the party of ideas. Today, many of America's most interesting arguments divide … more

Can we trust the experts?

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers predicted that if Donald Trump were elected, there would be a protracted recession within 18 months. Heeding its experts, a month before the election, The Washington Post ran an editorial with the headline "A … more

Will the odd couple - AMLO and Trump - narrow the U.S.-Mexico gap?

Will NAFTA survive? Mexico elected as president longtime NAFTA critic Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (always called "AMLO") by a wide margin. He promptly had a cordial telephone conversation with longtime NAFTA critic President Donald Trump, who … more

Is Putin's Russia an 'evil empire'?

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce," a saying attributed to Karl Marx, comes to mind in this time of Trump. To those of us raised in the Truman era, when the Red Army was imposing its bloody Bolshevik rule on half of Europe … more

We hate you, so we loved McCain

Editor's note: This commentary first appeared in The Morning Call, a publication of The Political Forum. Just over three years ago, we wrote a piece explaining how the political establishment - the Democrats and the media, in particular - had … more

The never-Trump conservatives are never coming back

With never-Trump conservatives bailing on the GOP and crying out for the Party of Pelosi to save us, some painful truths need to be restated. The Republican Party of Bush I and II, of Bob Dole and John McCain, is history. It's not coming back. … more

South Africa should adopt Mandela's principles

South Africa has been thrown into the news because of President Donald Trump's recent tweet that he instructed his secretary of state to "closely study" alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa. Earlier this year, a land … more
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