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A Charleston stonecutter’s beautiful legacy

on Tuesday, 04 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I love back roads and their fading vestiges of yesteryear. Bull Durham and Coca Cola ads painted onto brick and old Camel cigarette signs don’t bother me at all.

Whose life doesn’t matter? We all matter

on Tuesday, 04 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I understand and affirm that black lives matter. Some of my dearest friends are black people. I love them and they matter.

EDITORIAL: School district taking the right approach

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

EDITORIAL: School district taking the right approach
A recent editorial in The State newspaper took Gov. Henry McMaster to task for pushing state educators to reopen their facilities for face-to-face instruction by early September while also prodding South Carolina’s parents to commit to having their childr

SLOAN COLUMN: A second helping of boiled peanuts

on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: A second helping of boiled peanuts
Last week’s column included an amusing tale on a northerner’s introduction to boiled peanuts, the Caviar of the South. It was followed by a short commentary on personal distaste for the mushy legumes. Not to my surprise, many were mildly offended at my av

CLYBURN COLUMN: Rep. John Lewis made his life a sermon

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

John Lewis and I first met in October 1960 at the organizational meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. We were 20-year-old college students bound and determined to speed up our nation’s pursuit of “a more perfect Union.” Dr. Martin Lu

EDITORIAL: Lightning is fact of life in Southeast

on Tuesday, 21 July 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Lightning is fact of life  in Southeast
As temperatures reach into the 90s and above, thunderstorms and lightning become daily realities in South Carolina. Cloud-to-ground lightning is a powerful static electricity discharge between the base of a cloud and the earth’s surface. The static electr

SLOAN COLUMN: I prefer my peanuts dry, thank you very much

on Tuesday, 21 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: I prefer my peanuts dry, thank you very much
An old friend of mine once told me a story about his first encounter with the southern delicacy known as boiled peanuts. A Yankee by birth, Joe had made his way to North Carolina from his hometown of Johnston, N.J. He lived in the tiny town of Tar Heel, n

MULVANEY COLUMN: Aim second stimulus package at COVID testing

on Tuesday, 21 July 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

MULVANEY COLUMN: Aim second stimulus package at COVID testing
By now everyone expects that Congress will pass another stimulus package. The calculus is simple: we are in a recession in an election year. Lawmakers will pass something so that they have something to talk about when they head home to campaign in the fal

GUEST EDITORIAL: State must expand telehealth services

on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GUEST EDITORIAL: State must expand telehealth services
South Carolinians have faced unprecedented issues in the past few years, from floods, to tornadoes and hurricanes, to now the COVID-19 pandemic. In some way or another, we have all felt stress and anxieties with this virus. To say that life is not what it

SLOAN COLUMN: Long live the five-second rule

on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Long live the five-second rule
Imagine you just grabbed the last slice of your grandma’s homemade pie and are headed to the couch for a little rest, relaxation, and Netflix binging. Life is good. As your make your way from the kitchen to the living room, a glass of milk in one hand an

DAVIS COLUMN - Moving on: The gift of forgiveness

on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

A friend recently saw her ex for the first time in years. It was time to make peace. Past time really. She saw his truck when she pulled into the church parking lot. She wanted to turn around but made herself find a spot and go inside. She knew where he w

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: True liberty is found through faith in Christ

on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: True liberty is found through faith in Christ
True liberty is found through faith in Christ To the editor, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof:” These words are found in the Bible in Leviticus 25:10. These words also are found inscribed on the Liberty Bell wh

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
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