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Queen Carlson wins again with her leadership

WASHINGTON - If karma is a b----, justice is a beauty queen. After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed … more

Trying to take Trump seriously as policy maker

2016 turned out to be a year in which it was wise to take Donald Trump as a political candidate seriously but not literally, in the inspired words of syndicated columnist Salena Zito. As 2017 vanishes, it's worth asking whether it's time to take … more

Dangers of government control

We are a nation of 325 million people. We have a bit of control over the behavior of our 535 elected representatives in Congress, the president and the vice president. But there are seven unelected people who have life-and-death control over our … more

Will war cancel Trump's triumphs?

Asked what he did during the French Revolution, Abbe Sieyes replied, "I survived.'' Donald Trump can make the same boast. No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early '50s, nor … more

Wishing everyone something this time of year

Wishing everyone something this time of year To Democrat friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral … more

Offshore drilling is a threat to national security

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Dec. 28 edition of The News Virginian of Waynesboro, Virginia. Over the next few weeks, our elected officials in Congress could vote on legislation (H.R. 4239) that would encourage the expansion of … more

We don't need for our government to remind us that smoking kills

WASHINGTON - Preaching morality while practicing cupidity can be tricky, but various American governments have done it for years regarding smoking. This mental contortion now has a new chapter. The four largest American tobacco companies (Altria, … more

Looking ahead to 2018 elections

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in The Post and Courier on Thursday. As the state wrestles with long-standing and significant new challenges, voters got a look recently at where the Republican candidates for governor stand in an … more

Put teeth in texting ban to help make South Carolina roads safer

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the Post and Courier on Thursday. Taking cellphones out of the hands of South Carolina drivers might be almost as hard as taking their guns. You might have to pry them from their cold, dead hands, … more

There is plenty to blame for our educational rot

My recent columns have focused on the extremely poor educational outcomes for black students. There's enough blame for all involved to have their fair share. That includes students who are hostile and alien to the educational process and have … more

Republicans have reformed taxes: Will they fix '70s budget rules next?

The Republicans have passed their tax bill, without a single Democratic vote, despite low to dismal poll ratings. It's reminiscent of the passage by Democrats, without a single Republican vote, of Obamacare in March 2010. Democrats lost 63 seats … more

Did the FBI conspire to swamp Trump?

The original question the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign was to answer was a simple one: Did he do it? Did Trump, or officials with his knowledge, collude with Vladimir Putin's Russia to hack the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and … more

Caution lights shouldn't be on when school is not in session

I would like to just make a couple of comments concerning school zone caution lights. We all know how important it is to drive slower when in an active school zone during drop off and pick up. It is also important that these lights only operate when … more

Anti-Trump media machine going strong into New Year

The Grinches are back ... As I watched the run up to Christmas, I was not surprised when I checked news programs on the tube Friday morning and turned to MSNBC and caught some of the "Morning Joe" show featuring Joe Scarborough and his girlfriend … more

Do law enforcement officers pay attention to smaller problems?

What are the duties of our law enforcement officers? As they patrol our streets, roads and highways, why don't they report old rundown buildings? Example: Highway 15 South at Kingsbury Drive and Highway 15 South at Bethel Church Road. Traffic … more


Here's a tremendous thank you to everyone who donated or volunteered their time, food, and efforts to ensure another successful Southside Annual Pre-Thanksgiving and Pre-Christmas Dinner. Also, a special thanks to the volunteers who prepared and … more

SCOTUS case could enhance workers' rights

SEATTLE - It is protected by Washington state's lopsidedly Democratic political class, which knows who butters its bread. It has been provided with bespoke law, tailored for its comfort. Nevertheless, the Service Employees International Union has … more

Republicans bet the farm

President Trump, every Republican senator, and the GOP majority in Speaker Paul Ryan's House just put the future of their party on the line. By enacting the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration, the heart of which is cutting the … more

The real Santa Claus

The Christmas tent from Hell

Editor's note: We present this Christmas classic for your holiday enjoyment. Merry Christmas. Practically everyone with children has endured Christmas Eve pratfalls while preparing presents and toys for their kids to show the little ones that St. … more
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