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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...
  Governing is hard. At times, it’s difficult to the point of a standstill. President Trump has found – and admitted – that healthcare is difficult. Republicans in Congress are stymied by the prospect of “fixing” health care in America. But it’s all going to be OK. A Texas congressman has...
  The editor: In response to the editorial posted March 14, dedicated to the dislike of myself by you, I have to disagree.  I am a public servant.  A politician tells you what he believes he wants you to hear.  A public servant tells you what you need to hear.  I am open and will always be honest...
  The editor: The genocide of the disadvantaged and those in poor health has begun.  Over 22 million people are being singled out to be denied decent health care.  The current GOP bill eliminates $460 billion in taxes now being paid by drug manufacturers, medical equipment manufacturers, insurers,...
  In Genesis 2:18, God says about Adam, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.”  Thus man and woman, husband and wife, under the leadership of God have been designed to fight together in the battles of life. To be a helper is not a second-hand title, nor is...

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