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Crime does pay? Thoughts from a crime and courts reporter about S.C. inmates getting tablets to stream movies, call home

South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling announced plans for a program to provide tablets for inmates so they can call family at cheaper rates and access pre-loaded … more

Trump is surrounded by leakers. Why would he trust them with his Putin notes?

WASHINGTON - The Post's report that President Trump "has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin" - including taking away an interpreter's notes and instructing the person not to … more

We should celebrate debate of ideas to solve our problems

I start 2019 with the bold proclamation that, as a whole, Americans currently live in the best time in the history of the world to be alive. So, Happy New Year! Even in the midst of current ridiculous governmental behavior, those folks who tune out … more

Is Bolton steering Trump into war with Iran?

"Stop the ENDLESS WARS!" implored President Donald Trump in a Sunday night tweet. Well, if he is serious, Trump had best keep an eye on his national security adviser, for a U.S. war on Iran would be a dream come true for John Bolton. Last … more

The politics of immigration

Here are a couple of easy immigration questions - answerable with a simple "yes" or "no" - we might ask any American of any political stripe: Does everyone in the world have a right to live in the U.S.? Do the American people have a right, through … more

That stupidity of the wall

WASHINGTON - As The Wall dominated the week's news, a pitiful juxtaposition of two realities - one the hard truth, the other a lie - emerged to clarify the destructiveness of the American president's toxic narcissism. Federal workers facing their … more

Southeast needs to lead, move forward

When I was a young sailor, my friends made fun of where I was from. I would say Sumter, and they would say Something, South Carolina. When we visited Naples, Italy, as we walked around, I looked down and … more

S.C. should avoid another drug crisis by not rushing to approve medical marijuana

Editor's note: This column first appeared in The State. A handful of South Carolina legislators have made it clear they intend to again push for legalized marijuana in South Carolina. They have also made it clear they intend to have this debate … more

McConnell needs to do his job

After several days of the craziness over the government shutdown and the $193,000-per-year salary Mitch McConnell receives for not doing his job, yes McConnell is the real reason the shutdown is … more

Why are Republicans accused of racism? Because we're silent

Over the past two years, Republicans have focused on spreading opportunity, and it has paid dividends: From the creation of opportunity zones in some of our nation's most distressed communities to amazing job-creation statistics and low unemployment … more

S.C. prisons need far more guards - and transparency

Editor's note: This column first appeared in The Post and Courier of Charleston. Here is what the people who run South Carolina's prisons don't want you to know: that a month before America's deadliest riot in a quarter century they were warned … more

Brexit vote shows how direct democracy can be dangerous

"In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done." - Winston Churchill, 1946 LONDON - During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain's, Harold Macmillan, a … more

Democrats were for a wall before they were against it

WASHINGTON - On Saturday, the current government shutdown became the longest in American history. But it has already hit another historic milestone: It is, by far and away, the stupidest government shutdown in American history. In 2019, the … more

Culture of arrogance and secrecy at DHEC

The board of directors of the state's largest and perhaps most vital regulatory agency, the Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it had selected a fellow board member to be the agency's new director. The selection of board … more

Editorial Roundup: Jan. 11, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Jan. 8 There will have to be compromise to end shutdown A government shutdown. A border wall. Political impasse. America is the loser as the important issues of … more
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