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GUEST EDITORIAL: A time of testing for us all

on Tuesday, 07 July 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GUEST EDITORIAL: A time of testing for us all
A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the US preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill the vacuum, and quickly.” Russia, China, North

SLOAN COLUMN: From the Dream Ranch to the Ryman

on Tuesday, 07 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: From the Dream Ranch to the Ryman
By any standard, Jimmy Capps was an extraordinary musician. Some would argue that the North Carolina native with silver hair and matching goatee is the standard by which other studio musicians in Nashville should be compared. I was unfamiliar with Jimmy C

POLAND COLUMN: Saws, ‘maters, and men long gone

on Tuesday, 07 July 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Saws, ‘maters, and men long gone
Growing up in eastern Georgia deep in pines, I wakened to the wail of chainsaws six days a week. Yellow McCullochs and red Poulans sliced through green resinous pines as Dad and his partner, Bobby Cooper, tested saws they had fixed. Not repaired, mind you

STIFEL- Asset allocation

on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Posted in Opinions

According to a study by Ibbotson Associates, as much as 90% of the variance in an investor’s total returns may be attributed to asset allocation. During times of market volatility, many investors who had prospered in a decade of upswing for their growth s

EDITORIAL: Wear a mask!

on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Wear a mask!
Last week Charleston joined Columbia and Greenville in passing regulations requiring the wearing of masks in public areas. Other municipalities, both large and small, around the state are considering similar ordinances. The ordinances are being passed in

SLOAN COLUMN: Take a flying leap? You betcha

on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Take a flying leap? You betcha
Spectacular. Amazing. Breathtaking. Those are the words that immediately came to my mind when asked what it was like jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft traveling 13,500 feet (roughly two and a half miles) above the earth at a speed of 140 miles per

DEWITT COLUMN: Confessions of a back-row Baptist

on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

DEWITT COLUMN: Confessions of a back-row Baptist
Author’s note: This story was originally published in Saying Grace Over Edible Underwear, 2016. Some names have been changed to protect the innocent – and the ugly. Cousin Zach was always getting into mischief with authority figures like school principal

GUEST EDITORIAL: Time to prioritize housing to help minority health

on Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GUEST EDITORIAL: Time to prioritize housing to help minority health
Following is the third of three editorials in a series entitled “COVID-19 Creates a Double Crisis for People of Color.” The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the health, social fabric and economies of our communities, our country, and in fact the world. In 2

SLOAN COLUMN: What are the things that bring you joy?

on Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: What are the things that bring you joy?
I’m hoping this week’s column will put a great big smile on your face. Today, June 24, is the National Day of Joy. We can sure use one of those about right now, huh? The inaugural National Day of Joy was celebrated last year. Comfort Keepers, a provide

POLAND COLUMN: Whistlestops and fried green tomatoes

on Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Whistlestops and fried green tomatoes
My back-road explorations take me to little eateries tucked neatly in the middle of nowhere, whistle-stop places. Country folks run these deep-fried, lonely roadside stops so you’d think they serve fried green tomatoes. Like some character in a Fannie Fla

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In response to our present social unrest

on Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In response to our present social unrest
In response to our present social unrest To the editor, There are a lot of reasons for the protests and rioting in the streets. The first is obvious. The killing of minorities while making arrests is a hideous crime in itself. This has triggered outrage,

EDITORIAL: Fighting for economic equality

on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Fighting for economic equality
Following is the second of three editorials in a series entitled “COVID-19 Creates a Double Crisis for People of Color.” Congress passed three major pieces of legislation this year, providing more than $3 trillion in stimulus and relief to help prevent t

SLOAN COLUMN: Ready or not, hurricane season is here

on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Ready or not, hurricane season is here
It’s only halfway over, but 2020 has already brought us a global pandemic, protests, riots, racial tension, a growing distrust in law enforcement, and an upcoming election that will no doubt bring a truckload of finger-pointing, accusations, mud-slinging

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: MINGLE continues efforts toward unity

on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

MINGLE continues to work toward unity To the editor For more than six years, MINGLE of the Pee Dee (Minorities Involved in Networking, Growth, Leadership and Empowerment), a Florence-based non-profit, has worked to develop a unified voice for black and o

GUEST EDITORIAL: Systemic injustice revealed

on Tuesday, 09 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GUEST EDITORIAL: Systemic injustice revealed
Following is the first of three editorials in a series entitled “COVID-19 creates a double crisis for people of color.” The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the health, and economies of our communities. But two very powerful revelations have occurred becaus
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