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Shooting ourselves in the foot

The Canadian government, lining the pockets of its dairy producers, imposes high tariffs on American dairy imports. That forces Canadians to pay higher prices for dairy products. For example, Canadians pay $5.24 for a 10.5-ounce block of cheddar. In … more

Why do any former officials get to keep their security clearances?

Why do any former officials ever have a security clearance? And why should they mind so much when it's terminated? The firestorm of liberal and media criticism of President Donald Trump for revoking the security clearance of former Director of … more

We've spent decades vilifying teachers. We're surprised we can't recruit more?

The State's recent series documented that South Carolina is facing thousands of vacant teaching jobs and very few young people willing to fill them. Statewide, there's been a 30 percent drop in college students seeking an education degree. No … more

Brennan is a hack. And Trump turned him into Spartacus.

WASHINGTON - Many in the intelligence community have been quietly dismayed by the hyperbolic partisan behavior of former CIA director John Brennan since Donald Trump took office. But by revoking Brennan's security clearance, President Trump has … more

Democrats tell young people they're in a hopeless situation

Don't you get the idea that the Democrats see more bad in this world than good? How sad. I used to see this party as one of optimism and hope. When their own "leaders" talk about … more

Attacks remind us of our own vulnerability

Adapted from remarks at "Journalists in the Hot Seat: Staying safe in a hostile political climate," a panel discussion at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications convention in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 9. (The discussion … more

Confirmation hearing is all a partisan show

WASHINGTON - If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee. Between senators interrupting the all-wise-and-patient Judiciary Committee … more

Thank you to Sumter organizations for support after loss of wife

I want to thank all the people who sent their kind thoughts and prayers, brought food, checked on me and my family and took care of things that we didn't notice or have the heart to address. I have lived in many places in my life, but the Sumter … more

Trump can shut down his Russia critics by using one bold move

WASHINGTON - If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance this week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S. national security, he can do so with one bold move: Announce he is moving out most U.S. forces currently stationed in Germany … more

Why the Founders feared foreign influence in American politics

On Monday, President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin - then promptly sided with him. The meeting marked the culmination of two years of growing concern about Russian interference in the 2016 election and mounting fears that … more

Editorial Roundup: Sept. 21, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Sept. 17 Design for the National Medal of Honor Museum It's often difficult to peer into the future, but Mount Pleasant town officials should focus on what … more

President Trump and the 'I word'

From the moment he was sworn in as president, progressive politicians and their PR associates in the mainstream media have been convinced that Donald J. Trump could not possibly have beaten their beloved Hillary Clinton unless he cheated, unless he … more

We can't rely on public officials to surrender information

Guilford County commissioners voted this year to move all public notices required by state law from local newspapers and their websites to the county's website. Four companies that publish newspapers in the county recently filed suit to have the … more

Democrats better off playing by the rules than denouncing the rules

When you lose a game, particularly a game you had good reason to expect you'd win, do you try to figure out how to play better? Or is your first reaction to demand changes in the rules? In the case of the Democratic Party, it's the latter. … more

The Democrats' contempt is going to reelect Trump

WASHINGTON - Democrats have a new theory for how they can win back Congress and the White House. Just like "soccer moms" helped put Bill Clinton in the Oval Office in 1996 and "NASCAR dads" helped George W. Bush win in 2004, Donald Trump, the theory … more

Trump should modify tariffs to avoid chaos worldwide

Dear President Trump, I have a suggestion for you. I request you modify the 25 percent tariff on steel and the 10 percent tariff on aluminum. The threat of a worldwide trade war with … more
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