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Trump and the invasion of the West

"It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," says former first lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of "zero tolerance," under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their … more

Blind to real problems of today's stats

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said: "Instead of admitting that racism has … more

Trump keeps his 'bring it on' attitude

I have always loved the underdog. Although I did not vote for Trump, he gains my respect more each day. A man that was not given a chance to beat the Clinton machine, arrogantly mocked in that … more

Trump's historic gamble on Kim giving up nukes

President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime minister once counseled, "Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a … more

Supreme Court's big blow against voter fraud will be game changer

The 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding an Ohio law that uses "special procedures" to remove invalid voter registrations from the rolls is a huge victory for election integrity. It opens the door to curtailing drastically the too-frequent use of … more

School district is in state of discombobulation

Dear Sumter County Council members: Mr. Chris Griner, Sumter School District's former chief financial officer, reported in the district's April 30, 2018, Spring Bond Projects an extensive list … more

Trump deserves more latitude, less attitude on his meeting with Kim

WASHINGTON - Well, that didn't take long. President Trump had barely departed Singapore when Democrats in Washington unleashed scathing attacks over his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "What the United States has gained is vague and … more

Will we get tired of so much winning by the president?

It has been a week full of wins for President Donald Trump - at least for those who share Trump's view of the way the world works, and perhaps even for some who don't. Exhibit A is Trump's summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in … more

A degree is still a great investment

COLUMBIA - Maybe it's the influence of the liberal arts and sciences I so closely know and appreciate, but I can't help but see a bit of tragic irony in the negative perception of higher education these days. Many people have begun to doubt whether … more

Behind Trump's exasperation at the G-7 summit

At the G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump described America as "the piggy bank that everybody is robbing." After he left Quebec, his director of Trade and Industrial Policy, Peter Navarro, added a few parting words for Prime Minister … more

On Charles Krauthammer, my friend, mentor and lodestar

WASHINGTON - A few years ago, I was talking with Charles Krauthammer in the Fox News green room when the news that someone famous had passed away flashed on the television screen. Charles told me the way he hoped to go when his time came. His dream, … more

Diversity and inclusion can harm some fields of study

In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it's not long before the magical words "diversity" and "inclusiveness" drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological … more

Opportunity Zones will help more Americans achieve their dreams

It has been more than 50 years since the United States formally took on the "War on Poverty," and unfortunately for too many, we have yet to see a manifestation of permanent progress. Instead, we have millions of people still living in distressed … more

DNR should restock lake and be ashamed to charge for fishing licenses

Santee Lake Marion is dead! I just got back from a few days at my lake house on Polly's Creek. I fished around the piers and trees with crickets and never got a bite. One … more

My dear Charles

WASHINGTON - Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally encountered one foe over which he says he can't claim victory. In a note to readers Friday, he announced … more
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