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Columns

  • Melton column: Fear of another Hugo makes us shudder

    If you are old enough to remember the night Hurricane Hugo sucker-punched this part of the state 29 years ago, you’re probably spending today telling people how horrible it was.
    And you’re warning them not to ignore the predictions about Florence, the 500-mile-wide Category 4 storm pointed straight at the Carolinas coast. Landfall is expected late Thursday.

  • Parnell column: 2 big things I would fix in tax code

    There are so many things wrong with our tax code, and most politicians try to capitalize on this by making broad generalizations and promises that they can’t possibly deliver. I’m not going to do that.
    Instead, today I’d like to talk about two things you might not realize about our current tax code and how, together, we can change them.

  • Rowell column: Publishers exhale as agency rejects tariffs on newsprint

    There was great relief and much celebrating at newspapers across the country Wednesday, Aug. 29, when the International Trade Commission voted unanimously not to impose permanent tariffs on the North American newsprint supply.
    The paper markets serving community newspapers nationwide can soon begin to move back to market pricing without the heavy hand of government imposing taxes on the primary suppliers of newsprint.

  • Rogers column: Just disregard Trump’s rants – journalists are not the people’s enemy

    Let’s make one thing crystal clear – the press is not the enemy of the American people.
    It is hard to believe any thinking citizen in South Carolina or around the country would actually believe that. Yet some do.
    These attacks against the media by President Donald Trump – mostly against the national press – have gone on far too long and likely won’t stop.
    But we as citizens must stop believing them and not let community newspapers be tarred by their brush.

  • Bender column: Free press, free people

    Donald J. Trump is a bully and a thug. I could tell you he is a liar, but you and everyone else in America – even his Republican minions in Congress, know that already.
    Trump’s political career began on the lie that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. On the second day of his presidency, he sent his press secretary, a public employee, out to lie about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. The lies have become more frequent and more indefensible in the months that have followed.

  • Doyle column: Wake up before Trump sells us out

    Let freedom ring.
    Our country is at a crossroads, where people have to decide what they want in the future. Our government has taken a turn for the worse. 
    I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Republican, independent, liberal or conservative, we have to start sticking together or turn over our country to the Russians.

  • S.C. Connections Academy marks 10th anniversary

    In the last 10 years, I have opened the door to South Carolina Connections Academy’s office over 2,000 times. The academy is an online public school, delivering education to students statewide.
    Though our students access their learning from anywhere with an internet connection, the school’s office has become my second home. It’s where I have grown as a teacher, principal and person.

  • Newton column: What survived in final budget – key investments in S.C.’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.

  • Redmond column: Let’s count all the needs a well-used library meets

    I am a huge fan of Steven King. I’ve read everything he’s written that I could get my hands on and always have been satisfied at the end.
    Most recently, I read “Sleeping Beauties,” which he wrote with one of his sons. I was lucky enough to pluck it from the new arrivals shelf at our local library. The Kings crafted a compelling story about worlds of only women or only men, a crazy what-if that made me laugh and cry at the same time. The only drawback to this incredible book is its equally incredible length.

  • Happy Birthday, America!

    Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Dear America, Happy Birthday to you.
    Sing along with me. Let’s eat cake and celebrate the United States.
    Our nation was born on July 4, 1776. And the Fourth of July is the day we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence; the day the 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain.
    Stop the Trump-bashing for one day. Stop the political-pelting for one day. Stop the ‘God bless us four and no more’ for one day.