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    Recently I found myself discussing politics with some associates and colleagues. A member of the group eventually asked all of us to categorize our views politically. I was excited when it became my time to speak as I proudly stated, I can be categorized as a “progressive”. By definition, the...
Jon Caime had no sooner unpacked his briefcase in the new Laurens County’s administrator’s office when County Council told him to take a look at the way the county does business. There were to be no sacred cows. We imagine Caime is going to soon wonder just what he did to make his new bosses angry...
Whatever else our recent election means about the state of our nation, it has revealed the depth of our disunity. The disharmony within the body politic is almost as stunning as Trump’s unconventional success. Unless the depth of their vision is limited by an uncompromising partisanship, even...
Two weeks or so ago I lost two more of my long time friends, Mr. Bob Simmons and Rev. Beaufort Bolt. I befriended both of these guys back around 1970 when Beaufort worked as the assistant manager at the Lydia Company Store and Bob was the general manager at Southern Bell on South Broad. Both of...
  The City of Clinton has once again put on a meaningful Christmas lighting ceremony and a Christmas parade. Thanks to a lot of hard work by city employees and some others who took part in it, the lighting ceremony drew hundreds downtown to see the city’s new, large, artificial Christmas tree and...
Last December I submitted this op-ed for your consideration. The message is as accurate and true now as it was then, and I encourage you to think about the impact your shopping habits have on our city. Last weekend our local businesses participated in a nationwide effort to encourage you to shop...
It was an especially thankful Thanksgiving for some people in Clinton, beginning with everyone who was involved in the City of Clinton’s aspiration to join Main Street South Carolina. City officials learned Clinton will be one of two new Main Street SC cities – Camden is the other one – in 2017,...
During this particular time of the year we are called to take inventory of our blessings. We most recently celebrated Thanksgiving this past week. It is far too common for us to take certain things for granted. We become too comfortable with that which we have and often overlook the many good...
It is amazing what thoughts will run through one’s mind while waiting to pick up the grand boys after school. Yesterday, while waiting, I was thinking about some of my schoolmates who have died and remembering some of the good times I had with many of them. One of the first to die was Joe Fuller,...
After nearly 16 years of war, President-elect Donald Trump and the American people face a challenging national security environment. The Pentagon identifies the primary threats to the United States to be four states (Russia, China, North Korea and Iran) and Violent Extremist Organizations (e.g. the...

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