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Editorial roundup: Feb. 1, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Jan. 29 State bill would reduce the fine for littering Sometimes you need to go backward to move forward on a problem. That's what a couple of Republican lawmakers … more

Immigration lies, hypocrisy

President Donald Trump reportedly asked why the U.S. is "having all these people from shithole countries come here." I think he could have used better language, but it's a question that should be asked and answered. I have a few questions for my … more

McKenzie represented the Greatest Generation well

My friend and mentor, Ross S. McKenzie Sr., has passed away at age 102 after a distinguished business career that continued until just five years ago when he retired as president of Sumter … more

What newspapers do, why they exist and why you should care

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Jan. 28 edition of the Greenwood Index-Journal. Sunshine Week, a time set aside by the media (newspapers, more so) nationally to highlight the importance of and need for transparency in government, … more

Why is agency pushing students into bubble tests they can't pass?

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Monday edition of The State. COLUMBIA - A few months ago, the S.C. Education Oversight Committee approved an accountability system that to call flawed would be generous. The new system is highly … more

'Popular' Putin hates the competition

Not once during his 18 years in power has Vladimir Putin faced off against a genuine challenger. His original competitor in the race for the Kremlin, Yevgeny Primakov - like him, a former prime minister and official in the Soviet KGB, though much … more

Team Sumter is working together to benefit everyone

It has been a little over a year since I was seated in City Council chambers. The other five members of council and the mayor have been patient and supportive in getting this rookie up to speed. … more

In a Trump hunt, beware perjury trap

Asked if he would agree to be interviewed by Robert Mueller's team, President Donald Trump told the White House press corps, "I would love to do it ... as soon as possible. ... under oath, absolutely.'' On hearing this, the special counsel's … more

Is president nuts? How about psychiatrists who think so?

It's been a while now since the president's doctor said that while Mr. Trump could stand to lose a few pounds, he's in "excellent" health. He's got a good heart rate, good blood pressure levels - and when it comes to his cognitive abilities, he's … more

Disadvantages of Regular Paperless Testing in district

John went for his annual physical, and his doctor gave him an overall score of his health on a scale of 1-100. John would like details, not a score. John would like to know what area is deficient, so that John can focus on those areas, "his" areas … more

We need to replace Sen. Graham in 2020

I believe it is time for the Republican Party, both at the national and state level, to find another candidate to replace Lindsey Graham in the United States Senate in 2020. Perhaps Jim DeMint can be … more

Eschewing euphemisms frames immigration Trump's way

He who frames the issue tends to determine the outcome of the election. That's an old political consultant's rule, and its application has never been more apt than in the Senate Democrats' failed government shutdown over immigration policy. Issue … more

Lawmakers should reject Dominion's 'Trojan horse' deal

Editor's note: This column was originally published in the Jan. 18 edition of The Post and Courier. The saga of South Carolina's nuclear plant financial meltdown continues. The latest installment features Virginia-based Dominion Energy with an … more

Maybe there's a swamp at the post office to drain too

Maybe there's a swamp at the post office to drain too I was prompted to write regarding the U.S. Postal Service when I read Mr. Duhon's letter to the editor in Tuesday's paper. We live in the Wintergreen Subdivision and have had terrible … more

We don't need bad law about libel, slander

President Donald Trump said, "We are going to take a strong look at our country's libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts." The president was … more

Sen. Graham is showing his true stripes again

Kudos to Hubert D. Osteen and Victor Davis Hansen for their editorials in the newspaper on Jan. 21. Many of us are in agreement, and IF so much of the media would write and report the actual news … more

Is democracy on the way down?

"The Western democratic system is hailed by the developed world as near perfect and the most superior political system to run a country,'' mocked China's official news agency. "However, what's happening in the United States today will make more … more

USPS postmaster has his head in a hole

What's happened to our mail delivery? We live on Rural Route 4 and got absolutely NO mail delivery yesterday (Jan. 18). This has happened several times in the last four months, and complaints to the USPS … more

A U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria for dominance?

The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria - with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides. Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria's border enclave of Afrin, … more

Offshore drilling and war on environment

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Post and Courier on Saturday. It's rare to see bipartisan agreement on much of anything these days. But an array of Republican and Democratic governors of states on the East and West coasts have … more
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