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The eternal lure of nationalism, identity

In a surprise overtime victory in the finals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament, the Russians defeated Germany, 4-3. But the Russians were not permitted to have their national anthem played or flag raised, due to a past doping scandal. So, … more

We should join together to train state's students for workforce

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 24 edition of The Post and Courier. Bobby Hitt, head of our Department of Commerce, is very proud of his bringing aerospace companies to South Carolina, but he has failed to motivate the … more

Protecting our state's forests

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Monday edition of The Post and Courier. Throughout my 40-plus-year professional forester career serving in both the public and private spheres, I've come to view forestry as an "ideal" business … more

Don't take The Onion's pessimism too seriously

"Study: 90 Percent Of Americans Strongly Opposed To Each Other." That's the headline on a story in what, on some days, seems to be America's most reliable news outlet, The Onion. We laugh (or at least I did) because it strikes a chord. Americans … more

Should we try to protect kids or confiscate guns?

In days gone by, a massacre of students like the atrocity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have brought us together. But like so many atrocities before it, this mass murder is tearing us apart. The perpetrator, the sick and evil … more

Our government can't and won't save us from anything

Conservativism can't save us. Republican voters got what they wanted. A strongman to take back the country and fix the financial and social mess caused by Obama and the progressives. To celebrate, the Republican-controlled House, Senate and … more

Let's not demonize the wrong things or groups for tragedies

Does something need to change with regards to our current firearms situation? Yes, no doubt. But like everything in life, there is a right and wrong way of going about things. The new bill proposed by Rep. Brawley starts out with the wrong … more

The only hope for America is God and His commandments

Is there hope for America? The things we see in the news locally and nationally are terrifying and disturbing. Is there hope? In Psalm 78, we are commanded to teach the next generation about God and "his wonderful works that he hath done." Then … more

Tax reform used to be unpopular. Not anymore.

WASHINGTON - When the Republican-controlled Congress first approved its tax bill in December, most Democrats believed it would be a political loser for the GOP. Indeed, a New York Times poll found that just 37 percent of Americans approved of the … more

We're all rooting for laundry

I reluctantly have come to believe that most Americans - whether they're members of the chattering class in the media or your next-door neighbor - have lost the ability, and sometimes even the desire, to persuade anyone to change his or her mind on … more

Our state needs a gerrymandering fix

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the Feb. 18 edition of The Post and Courier. State legislatures that engage in extreme partisanship in drawing voting district boundaries are pushing their luck. Unless something changes this year, … more

All politicians bought, sold by interest groups

Here is an idea ... Want to get the NRA out of all of the politicians' pockets? Me too. And while you are screeching about that, how about we get all pharmaceutical, oil, heck, any special interest money out of their pockets as well. Maybe, … more

Editorial roundup: Feb. 23, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal Feb. 20 Race, religion and other issues need to be discussed Will one discussion solve everything? Anything? Probably not. How about two? Three? Does the size … more

We know our struggling rural schools can improve because some already are

Editor's note: This column originally ran in The State on Feb. 7. COLUMBIA - In two of our state's poorest counties, public schools are thriving. Graduation rates and student achievement are much better than they were just a few years ago. … more

Don't politicize ongoing Russia investigation

WASHINGTON - The indictment issued on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller shows a conspiracy of stunning sophistication by Kremlin-connected Russians, posing as American citizens or using stolen U.S. identities, to influence the 2016 … more
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