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Presidential politics and the American soul

When I want to believe that America is a democracy — indeed, to feel so deeply this is so that …

February 11th, 2016 |  

Coal ash brouhaha has several scenarios in play

The issue over coal ash in Pickens County, although a heated one, has yet to be decided. Based on several …

February 11th, 2016 |  

No more time for denial

The time for warm weather has apparently passed in Pickens County, which means it’s time to break out the scarves, …

January 21st, 2016 |  

Southerners and the way we look at life

Few things in this world are as entertaining as Southerners and the quirky way they deal with life, whether it …

January 21st, 2016 |  

Casting a light on mental illness

It isn’t often an editorial addresses an article of clothing but there is always a first time for everything. Amazon.com, …

January 13th, 2016 |  

When taxes run afoul, we all lose

The city of Seattle, following in the footsteps of Chicago, has enacted a “gun violence tax” and had that measure …

December 31st, 2015 |  

We need to find our determination

We need to find our determination

2015 is almost a memory and 2016 is on the horizon so with a new year only a matter of …

December 31st, 2015 |  

‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus …’

‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus …’

EASLEY — The query by Virginia O’Hanlon, 8, about Santa Claus and the quick response of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus …

December 24th, 2015 |  

How our naive understanding of violence helps ISIS

At West Point I learned that technology forces warfare to evolve. The reason soldiers today no longer ride horses into …

December 17th, 2015 |  

Governments rejecting Syrian refugees a moot point

In the wake of the Paris attacks, more than half of the governors across the nation released statements vowing to …

December 17th, 2015 |  

Election 2016: Let’s stop negotiating with terrorists

WordNet defines terrorism as “the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain …

December 17th, 2015 |  

Time to level the playing field

The world of college football has lost its mind and is standing on its end. To make the point, let’s …

December 9th, 2015 |  

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

Millions of Americans believe that war doesn’t work, that war cannot end terrorism because war is terrorism, and that U.S. …

December 3rd, 2015 |  

From our table, to yours

Thanksgiving is upon us! As we all sit down to dinner tomorrow, turkey is most likely on everyone’s menu. But …

November 24th, 2015 |  

France and America are forever bound

We love them, we hate them. We admire them, we make fun of them. But through it all, up or …

November 19th, 2015 |  

Is high school football worth the injury risk?

Everyone knows football is a dangerous sport. No matter how much protective equipment kids strap on or how leagues alter …

November 11th, 2015 |  

Online legal ads? Not so fast.

Recently the S.C. Attorney General’s Office released an opinion that confirmed legal notices must be “published in a printed newspaper …

November 5th, 2015 |  

Communication and appreciation

“Most of the really confident people I met were actually rather stupid.” — John Cleese, So anyway… We lost the …

October 30th, 2015 |  

Southerners take care of their own

You can say many things about Southerners, but if this country has learned one thing about them recently, it’s that …

October 23rd, 2015 |  

Race, guns, culture and change in S.C.

Race, guns, culture and change in S.C.

I love South Carolina and the South – I really do. And I consider myself a reasonably serious student of …

October 16th, 2015 |  

Theme of National Newspaper Week especially relevant

Theme of National Newspaper Week especially relevant

In 1928, Frank Capra made a silent movie called “The Power of the Press.” Douglas Fairbanks Jr. played Clem Rogers, …

October 8th, 2015 |  

Why community newspapers matter

Why community newspapers matter

“I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…” — Roger Miller ROLLING FORK, Miss. …

October 8th, 2015 |  

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