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Here's a tremendous thank you to everyone who donated or volunteered their time, food, and efforts to ensure another successful Southside Annual Pre-Thanksgiving and Pre-Christmas Dinner. Also, a special thanks to the volunteers who prepared and … more

SCOTUS case could enhance workers' rights

SEATTLE - It is protected by Washington state's lopsidedly Democratic political class, which knows who butters its bread. It has been provided with bespoke law, tailored for its comfort. Nevertheless, the Service Employees International Union has … more

Republicans bet the farm

President Trump, every Republican senator, and the GOP majority in Speaker Paul Ryan's House just put the future of their party on the line. By enacting the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration, the heart of which is cutting the … more

The real Santa Claus

The Christmas tent from Hell

Editor's note: We present this Christmas classic for your holiday enjoyment. Merry Christmas. Practically everyone with children has endured Christmas Eve pratfalls while preparing presents and toys for their kids to show the little ones that St. … more

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

EDITOR'S NOTE: In keeping with many years' custom, we present the famous editorial "Is There a Santa Claus?" written by the editor of the New York Sun, Francis Pharcellus Church, in 1897. The question of the editor was asked by Virginia O'Hanlon. … more

Thanks, Alabama, for making right choice for Senate

Editor's note: This piece originally ran in the Dec. 18 edition of The Post and Courier. Dear Alabama Thank you from the bottom of my Tar Heel heart. Because, to be honest, it has been stressful the past few months trying to explain to people … more

It was the survival of the shrillest in 2017

"The intellectual cannot operate at room temperature." - Eric Hoffer, "First Things, Last Things" (1971) WASHINGTON - Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) meant that intellectuals in his day tended not to be temperate. In our day, this defect - moral … more

Words that weren't banned and those that should be

WASHINGTON - The recent excitement over an incredible story about the government trying to ban certain words reminded me of all the words and phrases I despise and wish were banned. For the sake of getting on with it, briefly: The Washington Post … more

Legislature must provide real reforms for electric power in South Carolina

Editor's note: This piece originally ran in The Post and Courier on Dec. 16. More than four months after SCANA and Santee Cooper announced the demise of their partially built nuclear plant, the magnitude of the disaster still boggles the mind. We … more

Fascism and communism

Before the question, how about a few statistics? The 20th century was mankind's most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an … more

Let's create a program called 'Urine or you're out'

I have a job. I work, and they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a … more

Professor is wrong about seismic testing

Editor's note: This originally ran as a letter to The State editorial board on Dec. 14. Ben Gregg is executive director of the S.C. Wildlife Federation in Columbia. COLUMBIA - As the federal government considers giving permits for oil and gas … more

Unlike Nixon, Trump will probably not go quietly

On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon bowed to the inevitability of impeachment and conviction by a Democratic Senate and resigned. The prospect of such an end for Donald Trump has this city drooling. Yet, comparing Russiagate and Watergate, history is … more

Justice has been denied to Kubala family

Justice delayed is justice denied. In the case of Bobby Wayne Stone, who ambushed and murdered Sumter County Sheriff's Sgt. Charlie Kubala on Feb. 26, 1996, justice has been long delayed in that senseless killing. It's been more than 20 years since … more

Moore is the only Republican who could lose in Alabama

In the entire ruby-red state of Alabama, there was only one reliably conservative Republican candidate who could have lost the race for the U.S. Senate to a Democrat who was portrayed as a Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer liberal. And Roy Moore was … more

Picking lock in Alabama

Turnout would be the key to which of the wildly conflicting polls would best presage the result of Alabama's special Senate election, wrote Republican consultant Patrick Ruffini earlier this week. That proved correct. Statewide, turnout was down … more

Why is Graham helping Democratic contributors?

Editor's note: The following letter to the editor, written by Wilma Storey of Lexington, South Carolina, first appeared in the Thursday, Dec. 14, edition of The Wall Street Journal. Why is Graham helping Democratic contributors? Your … more

Trump sunk U.S. presidency to unplumbed depths

WASHINGTON - The first time ended badly, so when, 156 years later, Alabamians were incited to again try secession, this time from the national consensus that America is a pretty nice place, they said: No. No, that is, to rubbish like … more

Real target of tax bills: Feds, eds and meds bloat

Are the current Republican tax bills an attack on "feds, eds and meds''? That's a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have been fueling the area's comeback. The … more
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