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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

Senators raise questions that should trouble all Americans

WASHINGTON - After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sent his memo laying out potential abuses of the FISA process by the FBI to the White House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., demanded that he be removed as chairman. Nunes … more

South Carolina should eliminate income taxes on senior citizens

Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said that there were two certainties in life: death and taxes. South Carolina has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to eliminate one of those "certainties," the state income tax, and transform our … more

Is U.S. being sucked into Syria's war?

Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed. Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. … more

Governor respects state's veterans

Editor's note: This letter was sent to Gov. Henry McMaster in Columbia. Dear governor, In your State of the State report on Jan. 24, 2018, you stated you wanted to eliminate the state income tax on retired … more

Small newspapers make a big difference for many reasons

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 7 edition of The Gazette, www.ourgazette.com. Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper. Small, weekly … more

SCANA needs to sell assets to pay off its nuclear debt

SCANA's board of directors has historically announced their first-quarter dividend payment to shareholders each year on or about Feb. 20. This means that in about a week, they will probably announce plans to funnel to their shareholders 78 percent … more

Gentry liberals own the Democratic party

Amid the brouhahas about the Nunes memo and immigration, an item from Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business caught my eye. Demographers crunching census data estimate that Chicago's black population fell to 842,000, while its white non-Hispanic … more

Writer airs grievances about immigration and climate change

(1) Isn't it weird that in America, our flag and our culture offend so many people, but our benefits don't? (2) How can the federal government ask U.S. citizens to pay back student loans when illegal aliens are receiving a free education? (3) … more

Trump throws away his momentum for peanuts

WASHINGTON - Last week, President Trump delivered a State of the Union address that won the approval of 75 percent of viewers, including 43 percent of Democrats. Normally, presidents try to ride the wave from a successful State of the Union as long … more

SCANA strategy: Risky quick fix or permanent solution?

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Wednesday edition of the Post and Courier. It is easy to understand why SCE&G electric customers are frustrated and angry about the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project. Nine rate … more
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