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Immigration lies, hypocrisy

President Donald Trump reportedly asked why the U.S. is "having all these people from shithole countries come here." I think he could have used better language, but it's a question that should be asked and answered. I have a few questions for my … more

McKenzie represented the Greatest Generation well

My friend and mentor, Ross S. McKenzie Sr., has passed away at age 102 after a distinguished business career that continued until just five years ago when he retired as president of Sumter … more

What newspapers do, why they exist and why you should care

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Jan. 28 edition of the Greenwood Index-Journal. Sunshine Week, a time set aside by the media (newspapers, more so) nationally to highlight the importance of and need for transparency in government, … more

Why is agency pushing students into bubble tests they can't pass?

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Monday edition of The State. COLUMBIA - A few months ago, the S.C. Education Oversight Committee approved an accountability system that to call flawed would be generous. The new system is highly … more

'Popular' Putin hates the competition

Not once during his 18 years in power has Vladimir Putin faced off against a genuine challenger. His original competitor in the race for the Kremlin, Yevgeny Primakov - like him, a former prime minister and official in the Soviet KGB, though much … more

Team Sumter is working together to benefit everyone

It has been a little over a year since I was seated in City Council chambers. The other five members of council and the mayor have been patient and supportive in getting this rookie up to speed. … more

In a Trump hunt, beware perjury trap

Asked if he would agree to be interviewed by Robert Mueller's team, President Donald Trump told the White House press corps, "I would love to do it ... as soon as possible. ... under oath, absolutely.'' On hearing this, the special counsel's … more

Is president nuts? How about psychiatrists who think so?

It's been a while now since the president's doctor said that while Mr. Trump could stand to lose a few pounds, he's in "excellent" health. He's got a good heart rate, good blood pressure levels - and when it comes to his cognitive abilities, he's … more

Disadvantages of Regular Paperless Testing in district

John went for his annual physical, and his doctor gave him an overall score of his health on a scale of 1-100. John would like details, not a score. John would like to know what area is deficient, so that John can focus on those areas, "his" areas … more

We need to replace Sen. Graham in 2020

I believe it is time for the Republican Party, both at the national and state level, to find another candidate to replace Lindsey Graham in the United States Senate in 2020. Perhaps Jim DeMint can be … more

Eschewing euphemisms frames immigration Trump's way

He who frames the issue tends to determine the outcome of the election. That's an old political consultant's rule, and its application has never been more apt than in the Senate Democrats' failed government shutdown over immigration policy. Issue … more

Lawmakers should reject Dominion's 'Trojan horse' deal

Editor's note: This column was originally published in the Jan. 18 edition of The Post and Courier. The saga of South Carolina's nuclear plant financial meltdown continues. The latest installment features Virginia-based Dominion Energy with an … more

Maybe there's a swamp at the post office to drain too

Maybe there's a swamp at the post office to drain too I was prompted to write regarding the U.S. Postal Service when I read Mr. Duhon's letter to the editor in Tuesday's paper. We live in the Wintergreen Subdivision and have had terrible … more
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