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Women against free speech?

Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn't expect to see stands out - a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting. My latest sighting of such … more

Not doing the job at the federal level

We send our House representatives and Senate senators to Washington to act on our behalf. They are required to pass an annual budget for Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. What they do is to kick the can down … more

Liberals don't hate America; conservatives aren't racists

WASHINGTON - I'm a rock-ribbed conservative who wants Republicans to keep control of Congress. But I'm not unhappy that Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone appears to have lost the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional … more

Leave South Carolina coast out of oil mix

This originally appeared as an editorial in The Charleston Post and Courier. South Carolina apparently meets all the criteria for an exemption from President Donald Trump's ill-advised offshore oil drilling program. Just consider the recent … more

Did Putin order Salisbury hit?

Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit. "We think it overwhelmingly likely that … more

The U.S. was not always like this

One of the unavoidable tragedies of youth is the temptation to think that what is seen today has always been. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in our responses to the recent Parkland, Florida, massacre. Part of the responses to those murders are … more

Trump needs to be clear about one thing in meeting with Kim

WASHINGTON - With the nomination and likely confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, President Trump will soon have a trusted adviser who can prepare him for his upcoming summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Pompeo's first job is … more

S.C. students outshine their leaders with call to action on gun violence

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the March 17 edition of The Post and Courier. Turns out it's a left-wing notion that kids deserve to not be murdered at school. At least according to Gov. Henry McMaster and his challenger for the … more

Rural communities should not be invisible to decision makers

Community residents and parents of students at Rafting Creek Elementary, Delaine Elementary and Mayewood Middle schools are rightfully concerned about the potential closing of their … more

Let the sun shine on the public right to know

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the March 12 edition of The Times and Democrat. The First Amendment assures there will be no prohibition on press freedom, but it does not ensure that government must cooperate in any way with a … more

Clinton has little respect for other women

I am blessed with the different women in my life ... my wife, sisters, friends. And when I hear Hilary Clinton explain her loss AGAIN, this time the reason being that women were told who to vote for … more

Democrats can take House, if they pick Lamb over Clinton

What if they held a special election and nobody won? That's more or less what happened in southwestern Pennsylvania, in the special election to fill the vacancy in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District. Democrat Conor Lamb narrowly defeated … more

Businesses that rent Dumpsters plagued by other slobs using them

Businesses that rent Dumpsters plagued by other slobs using them I am responding to K.D. Singleton's letter to the editor that was printed in The Sumter Item on Friday, March 9, 2018, in reference to litter and Dumpster renters. I have several … more

Sunlight for gas tax expenditures

Toward the middle of each March, open-government advocates observe "Sunshine Week." It's used to raise awareness of the dangers of closed-door government and the importance of so-called "sunshine laws." Sunshine laws, such as the S.C. Freedom of … more

Tillerson's insubordination meant he had to go

WASHINGTON - There are many reasons Rex Tillerson's tenure as secretary of state was a failure, from his notorious isolation from his subordinates to his failure to help quickly staff the political appointment positions at State with competent … more
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