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Dealing with identity theft during the shutdown

WASHINGTON - I'm betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft. Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortunately, so do I. Short story: I decided to … more

Trump won the night. Schumer, Pelosi lost.

WASHINGTON - President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case to the American people as a … more

Black education: A glimmer of hope from Florida

In reference to efforts to teach black children, the president of the St. Petersburg, Florida, chapter of the NAACP, Maria Scruggs, said: "The (school) district has shown they just can't do it. ... Now it's time for the community to step in." That's … more

No, this is not JFK's Democratic Party

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House has more women, persons of color and LGBT members than any House in history - and fewer white males. And Thursday, the day Rashida Tlaib was sworn in, her hand on a Quran, our first Palestinian-American congresswoman … more

God loves you; there's nothing you can do about it

That common respect for each other in the way we interact or speak to each other is out the window. Our leaders are seen by the world as big rude kids with the name calling. That if you prey on the fears of others you can get them to go along with … more

Think things are bad now? They were lots worse in 1919

The hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of World War I in Europe came and went with surprisingly little notice last Nov. 11. Commemoration was muted for a conflict that took the lives of some 15 million to 19 million … more

South Carolina against the tides

CAMDEN - Tom Mullikin is that guy - you know, the one who finishes Christmas dinner, then takes off to scale Mount Everest, conducting business by satellite phone to check progress on his plan to build an ocean reef upon his return. Yes, a … more

Today's Germany is the best Germany the world has seen

BERLIN - In one of contemporary history's intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a pastor's dutiful daughter has made life miserable for a vicar's dutiful daughter. Two of the world's most important … more

Trump and the Post: Whose side is Mitt on?

If there is a more anti-Trump organ in the American establishment than The Washington Post, it does not readily come to mind. Hence, in choosing to send his op-ed attack on President Donald Trump to the Post, Mitt Romney was collaborating with an … more

Thank you to Gail, staff of diner for support in 2018

Happy New Year! The members of the Dalzell Volunteer Firehouse would like to publicly thank Gail Turk and the kind staff of D&L diner on Peach Orchard Road for their kind support in 2018. These great folks have provided the meals for our … more

If it bleeds it leads - especially if it's about the president

Bad news is built into the DNA of journalism. Reporters don't cover the bank that didn't get robbed or the plane that didn't crash. Tornadoes and earthquakes and hurricanes make page one. Sunny days don't. But we all know that most banks don't … more

No new political third party will solve all problems

This is a response to the letter from Mr. Damm concerning a third political party. There is a third party. And a fourth, fifth and sixth. I identify with one of these, but I can also tell you that none of them will solve the problems you listed. Let … more

The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018

WASHINGTON - In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things, and I offered my list of the 10 best things Trump did in 2018. But he also did a lot of bad things that ranged from cringeworthy to catastrophic. Here are the 10 … more

What a changing climate means for government

Deployments are needed to prevent unknowable threats

The numbers are small, the terrain unfamiliar, the cast of characters chaotic and the clash of interest hard to decipher. Nevertheless, President Donald Trump's sudden, perhaps impulsive decision to withdraw 2,000 American military personnel from … more
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