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S.C. editorial roundup: Nov. 30, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Nov. 27 Policy discourages the use of corporal punishment for kids The American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional association of pediatricians, is taking a … more

Bipartisanship, thy name is Woman

WASHINGTON - As newly elected congresswomen are poised to color this city blue, one wonders what effect they'll realistically have on the gridlock known as the House of Representatives. At final count, 101 women, mostly Democrats, are headed this … more

Work continues on Sumter School District excellence

Editor's note: The Rev. Ralph Canty, elected the chairman of Sumter School District Board of Trustees on Monday, wrote this statement to the board after being named chairman. Over the course of this district's emergence, we have come full circle. … more

Trump is ready to deal. Are Democrats?

WASHINGTON - When Donald Trump first took office, many conservatives' greatest fear was that he would be too quick to cut deals with the Democrats. He had previously been a Democrat and had staked out heterodox positions on everything from spending … more

Republicans should study Colorado's change in tint

DENVER - Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and healthiest state, the former quality perhaps producing the latter. Or the other way around. Or maybe the tangle of causation cannot … more

Black education: What makes sense?

What do you think of the proposition that no black youngsters should be saved from educational rot until all can be saved? Black people cannot afford to accept such a proposition. Actions by the education establishment, black and white liberal … more

Legislators should reauthorize national conservation fund

For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected national treasures like the Great Smoky Mountains as well as places closer to home like the park at Crosswell Elementary School or ballfields and tennis courts at Palmetto … more

Trump's crucial migration test at San Ysidro

Mass migration "lit the flame" of the right-wing populism that is burning up the Old Continent, she said. Europe must "get a handle on it." "Europe must send a very clear message - 'we are not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and … more

Chief Justice Roberts is wrong. We do have Obama judges and Trump judges.

WASHINGTON - For someone trying to demonstrate that the judiciary is not political, getting into a political fight with the president sure is a funny way to do it. After President Trump called a judge who ruled against him an "Obama judge," Chief … more

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
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