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Having a little fun with paraprosdokians

on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Following are some entertaining paraprosodokians. A paraprosdokian is a derivative of a Greek word which means beyond expectation. It is a wordplay in which the final part of a phrase or sentence is unexpected and often humorous. For instance: Change is i

S.C. Political Corruption

on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble This is the second in an ongoing series about political corruption and ethics reform in South Carolina. This column outlines the origins, recent scandals and beginnings of efforts for ethics reform. Directly across the street from the Stateh

Russians didn’t do it, we did

on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The Russians didn’t do it. We did it. I am so tired of hearing how the Russian hacking of the DNC server is the reason Donald Trump won. The leaked emails only reinforced what most Americans already knew about Hillary Clinton, and there is no need for me

Americans, not Moscow, sending Trump to White House

on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Let’s distinguish fact from fiction and separate out whining from winning. Vladimir Putin did not elect Donald Trump to serve as the next president of the United States. The American public did. Like it or not, Mr. Trump is our official President-elect,

Excuses not to diet or exercise

on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It is that time of year when many Americans are trying to keep their New Year’s Resolutions. Included in the Top 10 list of most popular resolutions is to lose weight and exercise more. You might call me unAmerican, but I must confess I did not make any

The lower priority of higher education

on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Folks in higher education are supposed to be smart – right? So, my question is why have they (we) in South Carolina allowed higher education to become a lower priority than it ought to be? There is not one simple answer because there is no

Why Oregon election system could be a model for South Carolina

on Tuesday, 10 January 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Jack Bass Oregon’s system of Vote By Mail offers a model that for South Carolina would save millions of dollars to buy new voting machines, avoid long lines for voting, and insure total security for elections results. It is used for all elections:

Thank you William Shakespeare

on Tuesday, 10 January 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

William Shakespeare gave us more than plays, sonnets and poems. The Bard contributed thousands of phrases, sayings, proverbs and idioms to the English language – more than any other individual. Most are still used today. Following are some familiar saying

Our system comes with no guarantees

on Tuesday, 10 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the

2016 Year in Review

on Tuesday, 03 January 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Armstrong Williams So much has happened of historical import that 2016 will no doubt go down as one of the richest historical moments in American history. It is almost unbelievable to witness some of the changes we have experienced on a national and

Life in America, 100 years ago

on Tuesday, 03 January 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we look forward to 2017 let’s take a glimpse of life in America 100 years ago. 1917 was the year that America became involved in the first “World War.” In April, the U.S. declared war on Germany entering the war that had begun three years before.

2016 was a bad year for network TV

on Tuesday, 03 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana The year 2016 will go down as one in which Americans turned on the establishment and put a non-politician in the White House. The masses also rejected mainstream

Time for Hillary to let it go

on Tuesday, 27 December 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Now that the Electoral College has recorded its final tally and given Donald Trump the largest margin of electoral votes since Ronald Reagan 30 years ago, another excuse for Hillary to use for her loss has disappeared along with the intimidation of

Looking back 100 years to 1917

on Tuesday, 27 December 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we quickly approach the new year 2017, here are some historical events from 1917: January 1 – Third Rose Bowl: Oregon beats Pennsylvania 14-0. January 17 – US pays Denmark $25 million for Danish West Indies and renames them the Virgin Islands. January

SC political corruption Part 1: Jim Merrill

on Tuesday, 27 December 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble A year or so ago, I was driving around Charleston with a member of the S.C. Legislature talking about various people, problems and politics in the Statehouse. My friend is a long-time legislator and one of the most decent and honorable
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