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A war without an objective, 6,000 days in

"The war is over." - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan (April 2002) "I believe victory is closer than ever before." - Vice President Mike Pence in Afghanistan (December 2017) WASHINGTON - With metronomic regularity, … more

The bad business decisions that brought down Santee Cooper

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the March 9 edition of The Post and Courier. When Santee Cooper was created 84 years ago to generate electricity for rural South Carolina, making good business decisions was a priority. Over the … more

Children want to walk out to get out of class

Has the Sumter School District decided on how to handle the student walkout scheduled for Wednesday? If you are in support of this, that somehow the majority of these children really are that … more

Babies with Down syndrome have a right to life

WASHINGTON - When Karen Gaffney's mother found out she would be born with Down syndrome, the doctor said Karen probably would not be able to tie her own shoes. Instead, as Karen explained in a moving and eloquent TEDx talk, she has become an … more

Give local businesses a chance before it's too late

Give local businesses a chance before it's too late It's happening do you see it? Online shopping has become so commonplace no one seems to be thinking of the adverse results. Local businesses, brick-and-mortar stores, are struggling and will … more

Perceived biases, attacks erode trust in press

Awarding a grade to a concept like press freedom might seem like an impossible task, but here at the First Amendment Center, we give it our best shot. In April of last year, we began compiling quarterly First Amendment report cards, relying on a … more

Media bias - just what a lot of Americans want

One of the great college basketball coaches in the history of the game, a very smart and successful fellow named Michael William Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K of Duke University, recently interviewed me on his satellite radio show about a wide … more

No area in Sumter is unaffected by litter

I was encouraged recently to see an article published in The Sumter Item which cited a public meeting called by the Sumter Litter Alliance to listen to citizens' concerns and to discuss its efforts to … more

Trump on trade: Better than Smoot-Hawley?

Donald Trump's announcement that he is imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries has aroused little enthusiasm and much criticism. It evidently prompted the resignation of Gary Cohn as head of his National Economic … more

Tariffs will force Trump to break key promises

WASHINGTON - President Trump's announcement that he will impose stiff tariffs on American companies that purchase imported steel and aluminum should have come as no surprise. From moving our embassy to Jerusalem to pulling out of the Paris climate … more

Why is the GOP terrified of tariffs?

From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen. And, as the party of high tariffs through those … more

Hidden agenda or ignorance?

Before we discuss violence with guns, I'd like to run a couple of questions by you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day nearly 30 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunken driving. What kind of … more

Future of our coast is in your hands

Editor's note: This guest column originally ran in the March 1 edition of South Strand News. Over the past six weeks, I have spoken at multiple events across the state hosted by SODA - Stop Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic - to explain that now … more

The fatal delusions of Western man

"We got China wrong. Now what?" ran the headline over the column in The Washington Post. "Remember how American engagement with China was going to make that communist backwater more like the democratic, capitalist West?" asked Charles Lane in his … more

Most residents in S.C. want Dominion-SCANA deal

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Sunday edition of The State. A majority of S.C. residents want Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy troubled SCANA, according to the most recent Winthrop Poll. That deal, Dominion promises, … more
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