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Are the Saudi princes true friends?

The 633-word statement of President Donald Trump on the Saudi royals' role in the grisly murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi is a remarkable document, not only for its ice-cold candor. The president re-raises a question that has … more

PAYNE CARTOON - NOV. 27

Crosscurrents on a democratic Election Day

Some random observations on the 2018 offyear elections, for Thanksgiving weekend pondering: 1. We hear constantly, and in some respects accurately, that Americans are deeply divided politically. Another way to look at it: The differences between … more

Editorial roundup: Nov. 25, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: Index-Journal Nov. 21 New moped laws were necessary for saving lives across our state Some have voiced a concern that new rules and regs applicable to moped drivers punish those who have … more

Will Dem rebels dethrone Pelosi for speaker?

After adding at least 37 seats and taking control of the House by running on change, congressional Democrats appear to be about to elect as their future leaders three of the oldest faces in the party. Nancy Pelosi of California and Steny Hoyer of … more

What Trump needs to do to avoid being a 1-term president

WASHINGTON - President Trump did defy history in the 2018 midterm elections. While his predecessor, Barack Obama, lost 63 House seats and six Senate seats in his first midterms, Trump held the GOP's House losses to just over half of that and … more

Fruits of college indoctrination

Much of today's incivility and contempt for personal liberty has its roots on college campuses, and most of the uncivil and contemptuous are people with college backgrounds. Let's look at a few highly publicized recent examples of incivility and … more

This Thanksgiving, ample servings of national amusement

WASHINGTON - Never one to use a scalpel when there is a machete at hand, the president denounced the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a dunderheaded move but a reason for giving thanks today because it elicited from Sen. Claire McCaskill, … more

'Little speech' could be most eloquent about democracy in our U.S. history

On Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly … more

Paradise lost

WASHINGTON - When polarity defines us, it's easy to lose sight of our common humanity. But all is not political, as nature increasingly reminds us. The fires in California that have destroyed lives, homes and towns - displacing thousands and … more

Knowing Brewer as mentor, friend was an honor

A tribute to Billy Brewer, my friend, my coach, my fishing teacher, my hunting teacher, my Sunday school teacher, my second Dad, my insurance man, my mentor, and many, many more. What an honor it was to know him and have him as my friend so many … more

Reason to give thanks amid complaints

"It's the worst of times." The words are Charles Dickens', from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, … more

GOP's rumored woman problem

WASHINGTON - It has been long rumored that the Republican Party has a woman problem, so much so that a few years ago GOP congressmen sent aides to classes on how to talk to and about women. Republicans didn't learn much. Their articulation issues … more

Thank you Sumter for support during campaign

I would like to thank the citizens of Sumter for their support and encouragement during this recent election season. Nearly 1,000 people trusted me with their votes; and despite the fact that I did not tally the most votes, I feel confident in … more
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