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During the last few months I have been spending some time researching the status of education in South Carolina. This research lead to a study by the U. S. News & World Report stating how South Carolina ranks last in education. The answer to the above question is “yes”. I was disappointed, but...
The most important event in all of history. Or the biggest hoax of all. One of those statements describes the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians world-wide will celebrate, as they have for 2000 years, on Easter weekend. What do Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and C.S. Lewis share in common? All...
Taking care of our environment is not a Republican or Democrat issue; it is a health issue, a quality of life issue, even a life and death issue. Regardless of political views, life’s interconnectedness links us all. This means we cannot damage our air, land, water, each other, and the earth’s...
Jeff Duncan: “President Trump’s airstrike in Syria appears to have been targeted, proportional, and entirely appropriate given recent events. Where President Obama failed to enforce his own ‘red line’ in regards to the use of chemical weapons, President Trump’s decision to act in the national...
EDITORIAL: Charles Blackmon is right. This truly is David vs. Goliath. In 2016, the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation spent about $150,000 on lobbying and the Poultry Foundation spent about $140,000. That’s nearly $300,000 in one year to keep legislators friendly to farming. Farming has its...
Several days ago I opened the paper and headed to the opinion page, my favorite section. After reading the headlines, skimming the sports page, and pausing over the obits, I focus most of my time on the editorials. One headline caught my eye: “A conservative case for funding arts programs.” This...
Clinton City Council, by a unanimous vote at its March 20 meeting, took action that violates city code and, most likely, is against state law and in violation of council’s contract with outgoing City Manager Frank Stovall. Council voted to enact a hiring freeze in all city departments except the...
I heard the title of today’s article from Mark Green as he provided part of the eulogy at his mother’s funeral, the late Ms. Betty Green. I had never considered this statement yet it rings so very true. Mr. Green talked about how as he grew up in Clinton many more people than even his beloved...
EDITORIAL: The City of Clinton provides the building, pays for the utilities and takes care of big-ticket maintenance items. Laurens County provides the staff and books (to include audio books, videos, periodicals, computers, etc.). We’re talking about the Clinton Public Library, of course, the...
  Another local example of a complex governing problem is what to do about electric rates in Clinton. We had said before and we’ll repeat – electric rates in Clinton won’t be reduced by any measure unless the cost of something else – water, property taxes, etc. – is increased a corresponding amount...

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