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Columns

  • Column: 1st Amendment: Few Americans can even recall what it contains

    The majority of Americans are supportive of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, but are also unaware of exactly what those rights are, according to the recently released 2018 State of the First Amendment survey by the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute.

  • Column: Exploring better ways to address opioid epidemic in rural America

    In today’s world, news of the opioid epidemic is all around us. The number of tragedies from overdose in our state and throughout the United States is disturbing.
    The epidemic has been justly deemed a public health emergency. Here in our own community, we have been personally affected by the crisis, whether individually or by a family member, friend or acquaintance.  

  • Column: What if Jesus ran against Trump?

    I was on the internet the other night and saw the following tweet: If Jesus showed up and ran for president in 2020 on the platform that human empathy and compassion are more important than personal wealth, do you think Donald Trump’s supporters would call him a liberal to his face or just behind his back?

  • Column: Scott: Changes will create new economic life for distressed

    The U.S. House this month passed the Jobs and Investor Confidence Act, which includes my Senate Bill 3040, the Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2018.
    The Credit Access and Inclusion Act will increase access to credit for nearly 29 million Americans who are creditworthy but “credit invisible.” It’s almost impossible to climb the economic ladder without a credit history, and this bill will eliminate that barrier for people who work hard and do the right thing.

  • Column: Gift for the friend who has everything – Fancy fowl!

    I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Kent Jewell for selling me two of the most beautiful and unusual chickens I’ve ever seen. Yep, chickens.
    I needed them as a birthday present for my friend Tommy Pope. Tommy turned 50 this week, and I wanted to surprise him with something special.
    Tommy means a lot to me and my family. He prosecuted the men who murdered my son, Deputy Brent McCants, in 1992. And he has always stayed in close touch with me and my other son, Billy Dale, who was injured in a car crash in 1988 and now lives in a nursing home.

  • Column: Ex-DOT official switched quickly to consulting role

    A former top S.C. DOT official and defendant in several employment lawsuits is now working as a private consultant to the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which has financed large road-construction projects that critics contend were chosen primarily for political reasons.
    Ronald Patton, an ex-Department of Transportation deputy secretary, told The Nerve he began working for STV Inc., a national transportation consulting company with three offices in South Carolina, a month after his June 2017 retirement from DOT. His annual salary when he left was $137,000.

  • Column: We deserve better than this lying, bullying, unwell man

    Donald Trump has told over 3,200 documented lies or misleading statements since taking office, according to a Washington Post fact-checker analysis.
    He has become, in the words of Kathleen Parker, a conservative Post columnist, a “cancer.”
    How can anyone support a president who is not accountable, who lies and bullies, and is unable to take responsibility for his behavior – just blames others? And what are our children learning from his behavior?

  • Commentary: Trump aides should think about quitting, Gowdy says

    Editor’s note: Rep. Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a member of the Intelligence Committee, appeared last weekend on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss widespread criticism after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Here are excerpts from his interview with host Bret Baier.

  • Commentary: Graham: Trump must safeguard 2018 election

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham was the lead-off guest Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” Here are excerpts of his interview with host Margaret Brennan.

  • Column: The Joe Shaw of my dreams

    He was a kind man, a giant of a man.
    He loved people. He loved his family. He loved his church.
    He loved his city and its people. And because of this, he was elected mayor, over and over again.
    Joe Shaw served for 33 years and died in office still serving. He loved to help people solve problems, especially those concerning city services.
    He wanted everyone to be treated fairly. He wanted them to know that without them, there would be no city and no mayor’s job.