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Nikki Haley's comet has a long tale

WASHINGTON - Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether to resign as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. On TV at least, she looked like someone who … more

The invaders

They came from Africa. Across the vast ocean on favorable winds. They had stalked the grasslands with zebra and wildebeest. In South America, they found the Pampas Region with its herds of cattle. In time, they expanded their range northward … more

eSTEAM Festival shows what we can achieve for students

As the presenting sponsor of the first-ever Sumter eSTEAM festival, I want to say a heartfelt and gracious THANK YOU - to all of Team Sumter, especially the economic development board staff, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, partners, collaborators … more

The Kavanaugh fight shows we have not yet plumbed depths of Democratic ruthlessness

WASHINGTON - President Trump apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the "terrible pain and suffering" they endured during his confirmation process, declaring that "what happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of … more

Journalism is crucial to democracy

Oct. 7-13 is National Newspaper Week. It serves as a wonderful reminder of the importance and strength of our industry. It is also a great time to reflect on what we have overcome and where we must go next. 2018 has been a hard year for … more

Democrats' foul tactics may come back to bite them

"I can't think of a more embarrassing scandal for the United States Senate since the McCarthy hearings," said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn as then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the afternoon of Sept. … more

Casualty lists from the Kavanaugh battle

After a 50-year siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism - perhaps for decades. The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate … more

Book explains economics in a way anyone can understand

A widely anticipated textbook, "Universal Economics," has just been published by Liberty Fund. Its authors are two noted UCLA economists, the late Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. Editor Jerry L. Jordan was their student and later became a … more

Political circuses

Our political system, including both the Democratic and Republican parties, has been described at various times as a circus. And for many years the late Drew Pearson penned a popular syndicated column whose title, "The Washington Merry Go Round," … more

S.C. election reform could restore trust

Americans have lost trust in their democratic institutions and elected representatives. This holds true at the national and state levels, and South Carolina is no exception. Restoring trust is essential to the survival of republican government in … more

We need to work together to tackle S.C. opioid crisis

The Charleston County Medical Society wrote an op-ed that was published Aug. 13 in The Post and Courier. I appreciate the group engaging in this discussion, and I want to offer some additional thoughts, mainly focused on long-term sustainable … more

Rep. Smith is a leader for families in Sumter and S.C.

More than 17,000 children across South Carolina were abused or neglected last year - most at the hands of their own parents. The cost to each child's physical and emotional development is incalculable. Children in Sumter are no exception. Last … more

Sen. Jiminy Cricket showed up at hearing

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake may have become a momentary hero for Democrats hoping to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has cinched the role as Jiminy Cricket of the U.S. Senate. Never one to shy away … more

Prosecutor expertly picks apart the case against Kavanaugh during his hearing

WASHINGTON - The decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to have Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Christine Blasey Ford may well be remembered as a brilliant - and quite possibly pivotal - choice. No … more
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