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Editorial: AROUND THE STATE --- Elected officials don’t need raises before teachers

on Monday, 19 April 2021. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Editorial: AROUND THE STATE --- Elected officials don’t need raises before teachers
South Carolina has a teacher shortage that forced schools to rely on substitutes and international teachers even before COVID-19 sent them scrambling for extra teachers for now-smaller classrooms.

Sloan Column: Beer naming can be a craft in itself

on Monday, 19 April 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sloan Column: Beer naming can be a craft in itself
If you’re a big fan of craft beers and have a crafty imagination to boot, then Seminar Brewery and Wholly Smokin’ Downtown have a contest that you might want to get in on. 

Poland Column: Breaking the cult of difficulty

on Monday, 19 April 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Poland Column: Breaking the cult of difficulty
Many tell me how difficult they find writing to be. Well, they speak the truth. It’s difficult to write at a high level, and that’s why while watching Ken Burn’s documentary on Ernest Hemingway, a comment jumped out at me.

Editorial: Annual cleanup effort puts trash in its place

on Monday, 12 April 2021. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Editorial: Annual cleanup effort puts trash in its place
For television aficionados of a certain age, it was an iconic commercial, one with a powerful message that still resonates today. 

Sloan Column: Meeting a real life American hero

on Monday, 12 April 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sloan Column: Meeting a real life American hero
About this time every year I blow the dust off my seldom-used checkbook and begrudgingly scrawl my signature in the bottom right corner of a promissory note. 

Strieber Column: Her legacy: Uplifting young women

on Monday, 12 April 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Strieber Column: Her legacy: Uplifting young women
Retired South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal calls that “Toal’s Ladder Principle,” powerful advice for young women she shared as she sat in her back yard last week and reflected on her monumental contributions to the legal field. 

AROUND THE STATE: Conceal the guns; reveal, and fix racism

on Monday, 05 April 2021. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

AROUND THE STATE: Conceal the guns; reveal, and fix racism
Suddenly, or so it seems, South Carolina lawmakers want to make our state seem like it’s on the cutting edge and progressive, in step with the nation as a whole. 

Sloan Column: Play ball! Baseball is finally back

on Monday, 05 April 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sloan Column: Play ball! Baseball is finally back
It’s no secret – I love baseball. I especially love my Cubbies, but I simply can’t get enough of America’s Pastime.

Collins Esobi Column:Coronavirus pandemic connected to food insecurity, social vulnerability

on Monday, 05 April 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Collins Esobi Column:Coronavirus pandemic connected to food insecurity, social vulnerability
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of Americans in South Carolina and across the country. 

Editorial: Pear trees presenting a problem in SC

on Monday, 29 March 2021. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Editorial: Pear trees presenting a problem in SC
Bradford pear trees are putting on a show in the Pee Dee Region and around the state with their bounty of white flowers.

Sloan Column: All this BBQ talk is making me ‘hangry’

on Monday, 29 March 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sloan Column: All this BBQ talk is making me ‘hangry’
True Southerners take their barbeque seriously - very seriously. 

Letter to the Editor: Easter should be all about the resurrection

on Monday, 29 March 2021. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Letter to the Editor: Easter should be all about the resurrection
Bunny rabbits, colored baby chicks and ducks, dyed eggs, egg hunts, and a new outfit to wear. All these things are related somehow to the day we celebrate as Easter.

Poland Column: See life in an old way: Take the back roads

on Monday, 29 March 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Poland Column: See life in an old way: Take the back roads
My sister, Brenda, gave me a cool shirt for Christmas, “Take The Back Roads,” one of those Life Is Good shirts.

Sloan Editorial: March is Red Cross Month

on Monday, 22 March 2021. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Sloan Editorial: March is Red Cross Month
For nearly 80 years, March has been observed as American Red Cross Month. It is during this particular month that we honor the humanitarian spirit of the organization and encourage the community to support the Red Cross in whatever way they can. 

Mollette Column: Who should pay for student debt?

on Monday, 22 March 2021. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Mollette Column: Who should pay for student debt?
The average college debt among student loan borrowers in America is $32,731, according to the Federal Reserve.
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