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EDITORIAL: America’s finest hour: Let us make it so

on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: America’s  finest hour: Let us make it so
At the height of Britain’s defense in WWII against a horrific plague of German bombs and rockets, facing enormous odds, population fearful, deaths mounting, Prime Minister Winston Churchill did an amazing thing – he declared that moment Britain’s “finest

DAVIS COLUMN: Viruses and the virtual classroom

on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Coronavirus went viral so my school went virtual. We had about a week of Zoom training and a few days to do test runs with the kids. I spent the weekend preparing and couldn’t sleep that Sunday night. I felt like a first-year teacher all over again. I wan

EDITORIAL: Managing our COVID-19 fears, anxieties

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Managing our COVID-19 fears, anxieties
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is impacting every aspect of our lives. It is a normal human response to develop increased fears, worries and anxieties in times of uncertainty. Anxiety may be related to the fear of getting the virus as well as how the

EDITORIAL: Transparency in age of shadows

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Transparency in age of shadows
Here’s a shout out to South Carolina’s 98 newspapers. It is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. In these times when the media is increasingly accused of lying, it is

POLAND COLUMN: Nothing like a genuine barber shop

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Nothing like a genuine barber shop
My great uncle cut my hair when I was growing up in Lincolnton, Georgia. That would be Waymon Walker, Granddad’s brother. Walker’s Barbershop of white concrete blocks stood on the corner of Highway 378 and Main and stands still, though forest green now. T

JOHNSON COLUMN:You just never know

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

JOHNSON COLUMN:You just never know
“You never know...” I’ve heard this comment dozens of times, heck, I’ve said it myself, after hearing about someone dying at an early age. The words flow easily, we nod knowingly, and then stare off into space repeating the greatest truth we’ve ever spoke

EDITORIAL: The urgent need to provide Medicare for all

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: The urgent need to provide  Medicare for all
People should want to give up their private insurance plans. Employer-provided health insurance has become so expensive that people quit their jobs to qualify for Medicaid. Around a million Americans dropped their coverage as premiums rose in 2017. Women

GENDUSA COLUMN: Growing a garden of kindness

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GENDUSA COLUMN: Growing a garden of kindness
After writing weekly columns for over four years, I have a few thoughts about our society from the reader’s responses. I have written stories about death to abundant life, depression to fried, and every topic in between. However, when I write about my gra

EDITORIAL: Leadership matters

on Tuesday, 03 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Leadership matters
At the time of the American Revolution, the future United States was a small, colonial backwater on the world stage. Yet it somehow produced an array of talented, creative thinkers who forged this republic we still inhabit. It’s not just that they began t

EDITORIAL: S.C. workforce numbers appear quite impressive

on Tuesday, 25 February 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

In his January State of the State address, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster pointed out the dramatic gains being made in the South Carolina economy and referenced the success our state is experiencing with job creation. I would like to expand on the governor’s jo

EDITORIAL: Without civility, our system doesn’t work

on Tuesday, 18 February 2020. Posted in Editorials

EDITORIAL: Without civility, our system  doesn’t work
As a young teenage schoolboy, George Washington copied out 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior.” Many of these had to do with simple manners. “Cleanse not your teeth with the tablecloth, napkin, fork or knife,” reads Rule 100. Good advice at any time

EDITORIAL: S.C. adoption numbers better, but not enough

on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Breontae is 12. He prefers to be called Chance. He describes himself as neat and athletic. Chance enjoys playing basketball, swimming and playing video games. His favorite food is spaghetti. Felicity is also 12. She likes playing her guitar, making up her

EDITORIAL: Be aware of tax return fraudsters

on Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Be aware of  tax return fraudsters
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” But just as you can count on tax time happening each year, you can be certain there will be scammers trying to steal your personal information and tax refund. The last week of Janua

EDITORIAL: FMU’s impact on our city is immeasurable

on Tuesday, 28 January 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: FMU’s impact on our city is immeasurable
Where would the City of Florence be without the support, assistance, and contributions of Francis Marion University? Consider that for just a few moments. The university bearing the name of the Revolutionary War hero celebrates its 50th year this week. Fr

POLAND COLUMN: Reflections on a window to the past

on Tuesday, 28 January 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Reflections on a window to the past
The old window looks out on Highway 25. The view at best is limited. Standing behind the window, you’d peer through iron bars and yards away a pine thicket. The real view however lets us see many years into the past. This window set in Elberton granite wi
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