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EDITORIAL: Show love (and cash) to small businesses

on Tuesday, 19 November 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Show love (and cash) to small  businesses
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. People are already out and about, purchasing Christmas presents. For weeks now stores have had holiday decorations on display, enticing customers to start their gift shopping early. It only makes sense, then, that we offe

MOLLETTE: Entitlements mean finding more money

on Tuesday, 19 November 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

MOLLETTE: Entitlements mean finding more money
Our country is over 22 trillion dollars in debt and growing. Reducing our spending is never easy especially for our government. We have a lot of obligations from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense, veterans, infrastructure and more. There aren'

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Made in S.C.’ a global enterprise

on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Alongside traffic and coffee, news radio is a staple of my morning commute. As I flip through the stations, I’ll sometimes hear a pundit lament that “Nothing is made in America anymore.” In reality, there are nearly 13 million manufacturing workers in the

EDITORIAL: Gratifying effects of gratitude

on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Gratifying  effects of  gratitude
Ten months down and two more to go. November is here and the countdown to the Thanksgiving Day feast has commenced. As our minds begin to wander toward turkey legs, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, let us also remember that it is never

EDITORIAL: South Carolinians challenged to ‘Grab A Bag’

on Tuesday, 05 November 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: South Carolinians  challenged to  ‘Grab A Bag’
Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette and PalmettoPride want South Carolinians to grab a bag and clean up our communities. Grab A Bag SC is a statewide litter pickup challenge inspired by Evette’s own experience picking up in her home community and even during her famil

MOLLETTE COLUMN: Despite barriers, nothing is impossible

on Tuesday, 05 November 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

A lot of us are faced with the impossible. We may have what seems to be impossible debts, physical illnesses, human relationships and vocational pressures. Too often we hear someone say, “Nothing is impossible” and we nod our heads nonchalantly in an unbe

POLAND COLUMN: The unsung colors of Autumn

on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, Columns, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: The unsung colors of Autumn
“I need to get out of the South. Fall here is no good.” A woman from California said that. I don’t get the criticism. Fall in the Kingdom of Grits can be mighty pretty. And even if fall color is flat now and then, four distinct seasons bless the South wi

EDITORIAL: Rise in domestic violence cases a cause for alarm

on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, News

EDITORIAL: Rise in domestic violence cases a cause for alarm
Amidst all of the pink ribbons recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, purple ribbons representing domestic violence awareness often get overlooked. Stating that October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month simply does not seem

MOLLETTE COLUMN: The healing power of forgiveness

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Many have watched the powerful television report of Brandt Jean's act of forgiveness toward Amber Guyger who killed his brother Botham Jean. The scene of him hugging her and extending forgiveness toward her has been replayed over and again and invoked a s

ECKSTROM COLUMN: Stop naming things after politicians

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

ECKSTROM COLUMN: Stop naming things after politicians
They’re a staple of the incumbent politician’s toolkit: the countless recognitions, resolutions, proclamations, ribbon-cuttings, and photo-ops which are more ceremonial than anything else, but which nonetheless pay dividends for elected officials. Certain

EDITORIAL: The numbers don’t lie: Breast cancer is a serious matter

on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: The numbers don’t lie: Breast cancer is a serious matter
We are guessing you’ve noticed the bright pink banner on the front page of the last three editions of The News Journal. It’s hard not to. All the pink you see during October, particularly the ribbons - is in reference to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In

EDITORIAL: City, county honors our true ‘heroes’

on Tuesday, 08 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: City, county  honors our true ‘heroes’
Two thin blue lines, beams from a Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center spotlight, patrolled the sky above Florence on Oct 3: One for Terrance Carroway, the other for Farrah Turner. Hundreds arrived at the Francis Marion University PAC to remem

A needed step toward improving S.C. prisons

on Tuesday, 01 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

First, let’s acknowledge the obvious: All is not well in South Carolina’s prison system. Its troubles have been pretty well-documented over the past few years, from inmates acquiring contraband – such as cell phones, drugs and weapons – to a deadly riot l

ECKSTROM COLUMN: GOP primary decision was just plain dumb

on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

ECKSTROM COLUMN: GOP primary decision was just plain dumb
Dumb. As I wrestle with how to most clearly express my opinion on the decision to cancel next year’s S.C. Republican presidential primary, one word comes to mind: “Dumb.” For those who don’t know, here’s background: On Sept. 7 the executive committee of t

EDITORIAL: Recycle those butts

on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Recycle those butts
In case you missed it, a cigarette butt recycling program has launched in Florence! The program is a collaboration effort between Keep Florence Beautiful, Clemson Extension, and five local restaurants that are the hosts to recently installed receptacles.
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