When kindness evokes kindness

Every so often -- OK, really more often than many of us think because of our human tendencies -- a heart-warming story comes along and helps reinstate our faith in Mankind. One such story took place i ...

Flag flap results in call for leadership change

I read in the Index-Journal the other day that flying Old Glory at Greenwood High is now outlawed on campus. The article also mentioned that all flags are banned. It seems to me that waving the Americ ...

U.S. should ban flying of any flag but its own

Greenwood High School officials discipline students for flying the official flag of this country because of what? They have to let all of them go. What others? Only the American flag should be allowed ...

Is democracy killing itself?

Conservative activist Milo Yiannopoulos, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, was slated to speak Feb. 1 at the University of California, Berkeley, at the request of a campus Republican group. ...

The Greenwood Promise: An overview

After four years of study, discussion, modeling, planning and fundraising, The Greenwood Promise implements its Phase 1 with the graduating high school seniors from Class of 2017 attending public or p ...

County library loses a staunch supporter

When Sara Bryson Smith died recently, the Greenwood County Library lost one of its staunchest advocates and truest friends. Smith was appointed to the Greenwood County Library Board of Trustees in Apr ...

Public information belongs to public

Two of the first bills on the S.C. Legislature’s agenda this session would strengthen the people’s access to public information. Let’s hope they fare better than similar bills, which ...

Make lower part of state great

Some time back, one school in Greenwood had an assignment for students about the Great Depression. It would have been more educational to have someone talk who had been through such tragedy. Barnwell, ...

On major research, public information

Fresh on the heels of Clemson University claiming a national championship, the doors opened to a new research facility where human genetics research will be championed. A project years in the making h ...

'What, me worry?' Maybe we should

Some readers from the baby boomer generation were fans of Mad magazine -- or, at least, are familiar with it -- and its central character, Alfred E. Neuman, and his signature phrase of “What, me ...

Calls for decorum begin with board

Decorum is good. Decorum belongs in public meetings, such as city and county council meetings, and school board meetings. Sometimes it is difficult to maintain decorum, especially when a sizable group ...

Background checks absolutely warranted

Could there be any good outcome from making it easier for seriously mentally ill citizens to buy guns? The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives apparently thinks so, voting 235-180 along party ...

Looking beyond all that is bad in world

Sometimes it does us all a world of good to reflect on what is good in our world, our neck of the woods, as the saying goes. A glance at headlines from the past few days’ newspapers provides suc ...

Remembering education's a gift

School is where our children spend the majority of their days, and it is horrifying to learn our loved ones are put in harm’s way because of violence in school halls. In the wake of the shooting ...

Christian nationis under attack

Some years ago, an artist had an exhibit at the Metropolitan Art Museum of the mother of Christ smeared in elephant dung. My dear friend, Jenny, asked “Can you imagine the outcry had that been a ...

Getting on the road to fixing SC's roads

Finally. Well, we can hope so. The state House quit kicking the can down the road and got down to the business of addressing our state’s roads issue, offering a bill that would pump $600 million ...

Public education appears in peril

Not surprised by DeVos nomination Our state continually ranks near the bottom in education. Yet, our state legislature continues to ignore a state Supreme Court ruling concerning equitable funding for ...