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Junkyards

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

Note: This story comes from The Last Sunday Drive—Vanishing Southland, due out fall 2019. Sunday drives carried us past junkyards, past James Dickey’s “parking lot of the dead” into no man’s land. There they were, wrecks by the score open to the sun and

March 20-23, 1713: Colonel John Moore defeat of Tuscarora Indians

on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Posted in Editorials

As colonists in North and South Carolina claimed more land, the hostility of Native Americans increased. The Tuskarora Indians controlled the area between the Neuse and Roanoke Rivers in North Carolina. In 1711, the Indians launched an attack on the regi

Tom Poland - Watkins miraculous vanilla extract flavoring

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

Springs creaking, Granddad’s maroon Ford jounces down Mom and Dad’s long dirt driveway. Its washouts make for a rough ride but that doesn’t stop Granddad. Here he comes selling Watkins products. His trembling hands pull a glass bottle of vanilla flavoring

Biting into food access

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

By addressing key issues in food, farm, small business, and community-level and institutional policy, there is potential to identify strengths, changes needed, and gaps in the food system. Good food policy and effective coordination between food system st

Recall the Cadillac Tax to protect workers

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

By Janet Trautwein Dozens of lawmakers just formally took their seats in a new Congress. At the top of their legislative agenda this year should be a measure that commands bipartisan support -- repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac Tax on high-co

The fired next time: A “shutdown” proposal

on Tuesday, 26 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

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
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