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Column: We must talk about the turmoil to heal it

Editor’s note: This column ran in USA Today on Thursday.

Our American family is experiencing turmoil we have not seen in a generation.
Two weeks ago, a tragedy in Dallas, where five police officers were killed and seven more wounded, closed a disturbing week that began with the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castille. Then, early this past Sunday, three Baton Rouge police officers were ambushed and killed.


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We're asking too much of the Federal Reserve

Column: Interest rates this low kill the incentive to save, invest

In 2014, Janet Yellen was named chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, succeeding Ben Bernanke.
Under Bernanke the Fed failed to exhibit the leadership necessary to maintain the independence Congress intended. Instead, the board became a partner to the White House, correlating the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve with the administration’s fiscal policies.
The result has been a disastrous federal debt of over $19 trillion and monetary policies that will ultimately lead to inflation pressures or worse when we finally deal with it.


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Comedian’s comments foment racial unrest

Column: Tragedy 101: We must treat cause, not result

As I sit here, at my desk, on July 8 with a blank page in front of me, I am trying to organize my thoughts and emotions, in  order to convey some level of objectivity and sense, to events that have just transpired. I have tears in my eyes and in my heart for the tragedy that has just taken place in Dallas, Texas.


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Sims Foundation survey seeks engagement from many voices

Column: Plotting the course toward a stronger community

Since its inception, the J. Marion Sims Foundation has been focused on sustaining and strengthening the health and wellness of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn, and Great Falls. During our 20-year anniversary, we are actively planning for the future and asking questions about the health of our region.
Where do we excel as a community? Where should we focus? What are your dreams for the community where we live, work, and play? What makes this a great place for your children? What would make our quality-of-life even better for your children’s children?


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Column: Sen. Scott: Even if you can’t feel others’ pain, know that it is real

Editor’s note: These are excerpts from a speech by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to the U.S. Senate this week.

I rise today to give my second speech this week discussing the issues we are facing as a nation following last week’s tragedies in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge. This speech is perhaps the most difficult, because it’s the most personal.
In many cities and towns across the nation, there is a deep divide between the black community and law enforcement – a trust gap, a tension that has been growing for decades.


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Column: A Trump vote is a stiff-arm to both parties

Every time I write about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it sounds repetitive of what we can see and hear on TV and radio. I don’t think there is anything I can say that is going to inform or change someone’s mind about who to vote for, because I think people have heard it all and have made their decisions based on things like family, tradition and party loyalty.
Having said this, I would like to challenge voters to consider something else in their decision process.


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Philando Castile’s death in Minnesota raises unsettling questions for reporter

Column: Does my concealed-carry permit immunize me from traffic tickets?

Philando Castile, a black man in Minnesota who was shot and killed by a 28-year-old police officer named Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop, was about my age.
We might have had plenty in common, or not much at all. But when details of his killing emerged, I learned of one potential similarity between us that also set us a world apart: Like Castile, I have a permit to carry a gun.


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Column: Our apathy makes us vulnerable to tyranny

Revolutions must be popular because they have happened so often. In the Third World, revolutions are almost a national sport.
Those revolutions are actually tyranny taking over another tyranny. Every revolution in history has always claimed to be carried out in the name of the people, but the people never get to run things.


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Column: Out of many, we are one

E Pluribus Unum or out of many, one.
This 13-letter phrase became an official part of the Seal of the United States by an act of Congress in 1782. It was the de facto motto of the United States until Congress officially made In God We Trust the national motto in 1956.


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The word ‘connectivity’ is not in the document? Well, yes it is

Editor's Column: Weaver wilts in Ansley Park spotlight

By Brian Melton

Imagine that this newspaper is being accosted by organized complainers demanding that our publisher take action on their long-standing concerns.

The publisher calls a big public meeting to hear their gripes and get her editor’s recommendation on how to proceed.


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