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Columns

  • Guest Column: I have arrived, just not in Beaufort

    Between 1980, when I became counsel to the S.C. Press Association, and today, I have given more seminars and participated in panel discussions regarding our state’s laws on open meetings and open records than I have kept count of.

  • Guest Column: Buford Massacre’s impact on the Revolutionary War

    Editor’s note: Dakota Hegler, incoming cadet captain of Buford High’s JROTC and a rising senior, won the annual Emily Franklin Scholarship sponsored by the Friends of Buford Massacre Battleground for this essay, which he read May 25 during the 239th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre. Hegler, 17, is the son of Ray and Angie Hegler.

    All of the events that took place in the Revolutionary War have their own important place in history. They shaped the United States into what it is today.

  • Guest Column: Remembering D-Day, 75 years later

    It was mid-morning June 5 when I received a telephone call from a young adult whom I know quite well. The caller asked, “What are you doing?”      
    I replied, “I am reading about D-Day.”
    “What is D-Day?” my caller asked.

  • Commentary: Scott praises D-Day assault forces, honors those they freed from Nazis

    Editor’s note: Sen. Scott hosted a D-Day commemoration this week at the U.S. Capitol along with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas). Here are excerpts of his remarks.

    Seventy-five years ago this week, soldiers from across this great nation, as well as England and Canada, descended on beaches in Normandy.

  • Column: Hammond’s switch pragmatic, but take close look at the GOP

    I read with amusement the Lancaster News article regarding Jeff Hammond’s switch from Democrat to Republican.
    I know the switch was made only to get re-elected in the 2020 county election. This letter is not aimed at Jeff but at the theatrics behind the announcement and what some might derive from such an event.

  • Column: Come share your ideas for reviving downtown

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has proudly focused on building healthy communities for nearly 25 years. Over the past several years, we have been out in the community, listening to the voices of all people, celebrating our assets, and hearing the hopes and dreams of our residents. We call this work community engagement.

  • Column: Behaving badly in Mount Pleasant

    I don’t live in Mount Pleasant, but if I were a newspaper columnist writing regularly about the shenanigans of local officials, I’d want to live there. I would never run out of material.

  • Guest Column: Do Panthers really need taxpayers’ help?

    At the end of the 2014 regular legislative session, lawmakers slipped in a budget proviso funneling $75,000 through the state tourism agency for the Carolina Panthers’ summer training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg.
    Then-Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed the proviso, writing in her veto message: “The National Football League is an enormously successful multi-billion dollar organization and we’re proud to host the Panthers’ training camp in Spartanburg, but it’s hard to imagine they need $75,000 from South Carolina’s taxpayers.”

  • Guest Column: Our elderly citizens need help to guard against abuse, neglect

    As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected.  
    Older people are vital, contributing members of American society, and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

  • Guest Column: Bad idea to shift gas-tax money away from repairs

    Among the arguments offered by opponents of South Carolina’s 2017 gas-tax hike was that the state’s highway-maintenance spending had historically been inefficient and poorly prioritized.
    They asked: Why should we believe these new tax dollars would be wisely spent?