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Columns

  • Column: U.S. Supreme Court should rule by judgment, not will

    On this Independence Day, I think of our Founding Fathers, who created a movement based on ideas that were argued by men for many weeks on their pros and cons. These ideas created the most free and prosperous nation in the history of the world, and this prosperity helped more people than any other nation. Our Founding Fathers were in fact God-fearing descendants of the Puritans, Presbyterians and a Catholic. They believed that government should serve the people, so they gave us a republic.

  • Column: Defense budget contains key provisions to up readiness

    As a South Carolinian, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and someone with loved ones who served in the military, I believe that supporting our nation’s troops should be our highest priority.
    I was proud to advocate for and support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal 2019. The NDAA funds critical military readiness initiatives and construction projects in South Carolina and across the country.

  • Editor's Column: Inconsiderate few turn roads into eyesores

    There’s a new phone app that I hope you’ll download after you read this column. It’ll put us a tiny step closer to tidying up our messy roadsides.

    I was running an errand the other day and stopped at the S.C. 9 Bypass traffic light with McDonald’s on my left and CVS across the highway on the right. There were probably 30 vehicles within sight.

  • Column: Stop talking about the wall, start helping those who hurt

    I am writing in response to the July 29 guest column by Rudy Schmidt headlined “Common Sense: Before all else on immigration, stop the influx.”

    I disagree, because there is a solution to all problems. We, as a people, have to come together and remember that the only true Americans in the United States are the Native Americans.

    The problem is President Trump’s “wall.” He promised during the campaign that Mexico would pay to build this wall. Now after he is in office, it is us (the people).

  • Column: What survived in final budget: Key investments in state’s future

    The 2018 sitting of the S.C. General Assembly has wrapped up. The state budget for this upcoming fiscal year passed June 28. No budget is ever perfect, but we did invest in some critical needs areas. Below I go through some of those areas and other important bills that made it into law. 

    School salaries, safety

    This year, the General Assembly invested in our education system, increasing funding for both teacher pay and school safety.

  • Column: Let’s all return to civility in nation’s public debates

    My wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Md., most of last Wednesday. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group and taking an afternoon to enjoy Annapolis.

    I never dreamed we were just one day and a few streets away from what would become America’s next horrific shooting. A newspaper office staff was gunned down by a crazed gunman. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones of those shot at the Capital Gazette.

  • Column: An element of school reform that will take very hard work

    It was a tiny exchange in the Henry McMaster-John Warren debate that was remembered, if at all, for giving Mr. McMaster another laugh line.

    The governor was explaining that the key to improving education is economic growth and sort of vice versa when he announced: “And now that I will be in charge of appointing the superintendent of education, we’re going to get a lot more done in South Carolina in education reform.”

  • Column: Small-town news people are cut from the same cloth

    Overworked, underpaid, unappreciated outside a building with no windows and borderline burned out, I come close to quitting my job at least once a week.
    I have a wife and daughter, and most days I don’t see them long enough to have a conversation.
    After 20 years in this newsroom, I drink too much coffee and eat too many sandwiches at my desk.

  • Column: The killings have shaken every newsroom family

    For years, newspaper men typed “-30-” when they were done writing their stories. It was a signal to copy boys, copy editors and typesetters that they had reached the end of the story.
    -30- also seems to be the most fitting tribute to the five employees murdered Thursday at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md.
    Combined, Gerald Fischman, Carl Hiaasen, James McManus and Wendi Winters had more than 100 years of journalism experience. The fifth person, Rebecca Smith, was a sales assistant.

  • Column: We get into this business to tell our readers the truth

    A dedication to the truth and the communities we serve – that is what journalism is all about. A commitment to the people’s right to know.
    That idea is out of public favor these days.
    President Trump has led the charge against the news media. At one campaign rally, he jokingly imitated a journalist’s physical disability. Now he routinely labels accurate reporting as “fake news.” He calls the press pool that covers him “the most dishonest people.”