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Column: A beautiful young life lost, a way to help her daughter

As a manager I have looked at a lot of job applications. I picked up Candace Dry’s on Sept. 26, 2013.
Under reason for leaving her last job, she wrote “rude and had no responsibility.” I have to meet this girl, I thought.  Sometimes it is hard to interview young people. They are often shy and a little intimidated, without much work or life experience to talk about. Candace, at 19, was none of those things.


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Column: We can agree on goals, but policy approaches differ

I am a conservative because I believe in the limited role of government, so I would like to comment on Keith Grey’s Nov. 2 article defending “progressive left” principles. 


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Column: Guardian ad Litem Program needs you

You may not know it, but right now there are many abused and neglected children living in our community. According to Kids Count data, more than 250,000 children nationwide are placed in foster care each year.


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‘Griffin Brothers return from War’ doesn’t tell family’s whole story

Column: Patriotism runs deep in this local family

The picture of six men in military uniforms titled “Griffin Brothers Return from War” posted on social media caught my attention. Three of the faces were familiar.
Two of them, Carl and Raymond, lived nearby and I had known them for most of my life. Everette was quite often a visitor to a local grill, where, at times, he played his guitar and sang. He was extraordinarily talented in other ways as well. I was curious about the others and also wanted to know as much detail as was possible about each one.


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Column: Voting is over – 3 things to do now

I am writing this column before the election results are known.
The pundits are predicting that Trump will carry South Carolina by a large margin and Clinton will win nationally by a narrow margin. For me as a Democrat in South Carolina, this is the definition of mixed emotions.
But as an American, I’m mostly just glad that the whole disgusting spectacle is finally over.


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Editor's Column: Hold your nose if you must, then vote

By Brian Melton

Choosing among bad alternatives is sometimes part of life, unavoidable and unpleasant. You hunker down, minimize the damage and cause the least hurt.Slam into an 18-wheeler or drive off a cliff. Close your business and lose everything, or dig the hole even deeper by borrowing in hopes of an unlikely turnaround. Let your life end quickly and painlessly, or undergo months of miserable treatment for a bit more time with those you love.
Horrible choices. It’s depressing just to think about them.


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Candidate Column: Mitchell’s issues: Roads, schools, jobs

If there is one thing that I heard near universally while knocking on over 1,000 doors this year, it’s that people are tired of politics and this campaign. When we go to the polls on Tuesday, it will have been 596 days since the first candidate announced that he was running for president.


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Column: Tracing racial politics from Tillman to Trump


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Column: Defending ‘progressive left’ principles

In reading the letters, comments and columns printed in these pages over the years, one could easily get the impression that holders of “progressive left” values are responsible for everything from the Biblical Flood to the Black Plague to the entire national debt, not to mention adolescent acne.


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Editor's Column: William McCoy’s missteps come back to baffle him

By Brian Melton

When candidates make colossal blunders, you learn a lot about them. 

Donald Trump declared war on a Muslim Gold Star couple who criticized him at the Democratic convention. And he ranted for a week after the first debate about a Miss Universe who gained weight. 


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