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Poverty is no mystery, and it's easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was … more

Will tribalism in the end trump democracy?

On July 19, the Knesset voted to change the nation's Basic Law. Israel was declared to be, now and forever, the nation-state and national home of the Jewish people. Hebrew is to be the state language. Angry reactions, not only among Israeli … more

Will trend of low birth rates be reversed?

Sometimes a society's values change sharply with almost no one noticing, much less anticipating the consequences. In 1968, according to a Gallup survey, 70 percent of American adults said that a family of three or more children was "ideal" - about … more

Ocasio-Cortez could learn a thing or two about socialism from Trump

WASHINGTON - For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary. Because she calls herself a democratic … more

Trump using tariffs to advance a radical free-trade agenda

WASHINGTON - Give President Trump credit. When he chastised NATO allies over their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, his critics said he was endangering the Atlantic alliance. Instead, his tough stance persuaded allies to spend … more

Business partner was a trailblazer

On June 30, 2018, Sam Holladay passed from this life to everlasting life. Sam was my business partner for 35 years. We spent more time together than most brothers, and like brothers we sometimes didn't … more

Thank you to those who helped in emergency

June 25 will be a day that my wife, Barbara, and I will remember for the rest of our lives. Immediately after lunch, Barbara and I sat down to watch TV. About 1:10, Barbara told me that she was not … more

More support for local journalism is needed now

The tragic loss of five journalists rips at the very core of our democracy. Journalists are parts of the fabric holding our country together. They report on elected officials — holding those … more

Editorial roundup: July 27, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier July 23 Plan could harm some species in our state The Endangered Species Act has helped protect iconic South … more

More support for local journalism is needed now

The tragic loss of five journalists rips at the very core of our democracy. Journalists are parts of the fabric holding our country together. They report on elected officials - holding those people accountable. They cover diverse communities that … more

The hypocrisy of the Democratic Russia hawks

WASHINGTON - With his interference in the 2016 election, Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved something that none of his murderous Soviet predecessors were able to accomplish: He has turned Democrats into Russia hawks. A few months after the … more

Protectionism proves that evidence is unpersuasive

WASHINGTON - If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars' multiplying fronts are hilarious reading. You are collateral damage only if you are a manufacturer, farmer or consumer, so relax and enjoy the … more

Can we trust the experts?

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers predicted that if Donald Trump were elected, there would be a protracted recession within 18 months. Heeding its experts, a month before the election, The Washington Post ran an editorial with the headline "A … more

Is Putin's Russia an 'evil empire'?

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce," a saying attributed to Karl Marx, comes to mind in this time of Trump. To those of us raised in the Truman era, when the Red Army was imposing its bloody Bolshevik rule on half of Europe … more
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