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OPINION: Coal plants, coal ash aren't part of energy future I envision for S.C.

When it comes to coal ash, South Carolina already has more than we'd like. Duke Energy, Dominion and Santee Cooper generate electricity from coal and still haven't figured out how to store the state's current stockpile of coal ash safely. That's … more

OPINION: Collective national effort can conquer this virus

"These are the times that try men's souls." Those are not my words, or course. Many of you probably recognize them as the words of Thomas Paine from his December 1776 essay "The Crisis." But they are most appropriate for the times we face in our … more

Editorial roundup: Friday, March 27, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal March 24 Responsibly reporting on the new coronavirus Newspapers are accustomed to criticism. It comes with the territory. This newspaper has not shied away from … more

Letter: Daffodil Arts and Craft show must be canceled

The past few weeks have been very hard pressed with so many emotions. As it has been brought to everyone's attention, we want what is best for our participants as well as the public. The Centers for … more

Letter: Sumter is an amazing town to live in because of everyone's care, help

I would like to give my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Postal Service for the daily delivery of mail and packages. They have not missed one day of work and are always on time. I would also … more

Opinion: Must we kill the economy to kill the coronavirus?

"We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself," tweeted the president on Sunday night, adding that, after the current 15-day shutdown, "we will make a decision as to which way we want to go." President Trump is said to be privately … more

Opinion: Are Americans all-in for long coronavirus war?

"It's a war," says President Donald Trump of his efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and likening his role to that of "wartime president." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo welcomed the president's claim to his commander-in-chief role in the … more

Opinion: Sumter business in the time of coronavirus

This letter is to all of the business owners who, despite closing their doors to the public, and despite the ability of their employees able to do their work from home, continue to demand their … more

Opinion: Progressive cities and education

A recent report by Chris Stewart has shed new light on some of the educational problems faced by black youth. The report is titled "The Secret Shame: How America's Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunity for All." … more

Opinion: We've been sailing in unprecedented waters

Precedent doesn't provide much guidance. There's a deadly coronavirus threatening to circulate through the population. The resulting government orders and social sanctions of self-distancing and self-isolating behavior are unprecedented in living … more

Opinion: Do your part during 2020 Census count

You are probably used to the League of Women Voters of South Carolina imploring you to vote in elections. This time, we are asking you to carry out another important civic duty. By now, you have probably received one, or even two, letters from the … more

OPINION: Are newspapers an 'essential' service? Yes - especially now

California and New York residents are now under "shelter-in-place" orders directing everyone to basically stay inside their homes in hopes of suppressing the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the region. At the national level, there are doubtless … more

Editorial Roundup: March 21-22, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal March 17 Be kind to those in need during this pandemic At a time when patience and kindness should be at a high point, expect tensions to rise amid the latest news … more

Opinion: In the pandemic, now it's every nation for itself

"The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time," said Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey to a friend on the eve of Britain's entry into the First World War. Observing from afar as the coronavirus … more
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