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Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

WASHINGTON - Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing. The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a political windsock, and as such he - more than the … more

Trump shows leadership while Democrats pander to resistance

WASHINGTON - Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia offered President Trump some advice on how to end the current border wall standoff. "Always try to find a solution in which both sides come out ahead," Warner told the president. It's … more

Who benefits from Democratic control?

In 1976, Gerald Ford won 15 percent of the black vote. That's the most of any recent Republican presidential candidate. In most elections, blacks give Democrats over 90 percent of their votes. It's not unreasonable to ask what have blacks gained … more

Why I joined lawsuit to stop seismic testing off S.C. coast

I recently received a lot of attention when I joined a lawsuit to block seismic testing off the coast of South Carolina, so I wanted to explain my reasoning. People who support offshore exploration see it as a way to bring in billions of dollars … more

Trump is an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

WASHINGTON - Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even … more

At age 70, time to rethink NATO

"Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last." So said President Charles De Gaulle, who in 1966 ordered NATO to vacate its Paris headquarters and get out of France. NATO this year celebrates a major birthday. The young … more

Thank you to Lee school board members for support, dedication and encouragement

Thank you to lee school board members for support, dedication and encouragement I want to thank our school board members (Lee County School District) for their hard work and dedication. Thank you for your support and encouragement. A special … more

A stalemate as Trump goes factual, Democrats illogical about the wall

The televised presidential address from the Oval Office, a staple of communication between the chief executive and the people in the second half of 20th century, has recently been in desuetude. Former President Barack Obama delivered only three such … more

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
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