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Is making election day a federal holiday a “Democratic power grab?” Yes, but ...

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

by Thomas L. Knapp Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opposes a Democratic bill that would make election day a federal holiday. He calls it a Democratic “power grab.” Is he right? The New York Times reports, without questioning the premise, that the

The fired next time: A “shutdown” proposal

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

by Thomas L. Knapp The longest partial “government shutdown” in US history ended on January 25. To get Leviathan’s gears turning at full speed again, President Donald Trump said uncle on funding for his pet border wall project in return for a three-week

Now more than ever, it’s clear the FBI must go

on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Posted in Editorials, Real Estate

by Thomas L. Knapp The New York Times reports that “[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been w

Referendum approval is a win-win for Florence

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

The February 26th bond vote on District 1’s capital improvements will be a watershed decision for Florence citizens, not only for the security and safety upgrading of school facilities, but also for the future economic growth of the entire community. Joe

Gambling: Let people (not the government and not “the” people) decide

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

By Thomas L. Knapp Why should it be up to the US Department of Justice, or this or that group of politicians or lobbyists, or some percentage of your state’s voters, whether or not you can place a bet on the outcome of a sporting event, a roll of the dic

Why I am still a cryptocurrency enthusiast, 2019 edition

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

by Thomas L. Knapp Cryptocurrencies had a rough ride in 2018. As of January 7, 2018, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com came to more than $800 billion, its highest point ever. As I write this on January 3

New Year an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to good government

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller We can all afford to better ourselves in some way, and this time each year many us resolve to do so – whether it’s adopting a healthier lifestyle, working a little harder toward a goal, or learning a new skill. And f

Why I am grateful to George Herbert Walker Bush

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

by Thomas L. Knapp Unless you live under a rock (and probably even if you do), you’ve noticed the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, on November 30 nearly a month ago, at age 94. You’ve probably also suffered throug

The gift that is both need and want

on Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Rev. Will Malambri I’ve been informed that extravagant, impractical gifts are not as appreciated as practical ones. That’s why flowers, which are beautiful, but only temporarily so, are more common than, say, an iron for Valentine’s Day. My practical

Prince of Peace

on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By the Rev. Jason Hamshaw All Saints Anglican Church Is peace just a figment of our imagination? What would it really take to accomplish it? Have you ever dreamed of world peace - everyone getting along, hunger gone, health needs met and dangers expelle

Down South: grandma’s Singer sewing machine

on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Tom Poland Back around 1965 a fashion craze swept through high school. Cranberry, button-down shirts emerged as “the” shirt to have, and like other young bucks I had to have one. Nothing’s worse than being a teenager out of step with fashion. When it

Congress: Pass a new farm bill before 2018 ends

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Anna Johnson, policy manager, Center for Rural Affairs Congress has only a few days left in 2018 to pass legislation. Adopting a strong, new farm bill should be at the top of their list. Lawmakers should approve a farm bill that includes closing loop

“Red Flag Laws”: rights can’t be “suspended,” only violated

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Thomas L. Knapp Hanna Scott of Seattle’s KIRO radio reports that prosecutors in Washington are wrestling with the question of whether or not the state’s “Red Flag law” applies to minors, and trying to stretch it to do so. Under the “law,” Scott writes

Happy Thanksgiving - A history and a list

on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Posted in Editorials, FEATURES

Happy Thanksgiving - A history and a list
­­­­It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of November and that Thanksgiving is upon us. Here are some fun facts about Thanksgiving.

The Gift of Gab: Pennsylvania AG abuses authority to chill Internet speech

on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Thomas Knapp On November 8, Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro's office issued a subpoena to web host and domain registrar Epik, pursuant to “an ongoing civil investigation.” The subpoena demands “any and all documents which are related in any
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