Vaccine foe Kennedy raises some concerns

Not one to skirt controversy, President-elect Donald Trump has reinserted himself into a marginal but revealing controversy: vaccines. Drawing fire from across the political spectrum -- but also some ...

Championship game reflects our real state

This was the perfect week for Clemson University to win its second national championship in football. While much of the world focused on the ongoing trial of convicted killer Dylann Roof in Charleston ...

On muddy succession and muddled outrage

Oh, what a messy transition Columbia has created. Gov. Nikki Haley won’t resolve the matter by turning down President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to name her U.N. ambassador, nor should she ...

A life behind bars a better sentence

Let him rot in jail. That’s a phrase that has been around a long time. We, like many others -- and not just those opposed to the death penalty -- share that sentiment when it comes to Dylann Roo ...

Clemson victory a win for state

What an incredible early Tuesday morning for South Carolina. In what has to be one of the best football games to witness, the Clemson Tigers pulled off a phenomenal win over the top-ranked Alabama Cri ...

GOP bumbles out the gate

The 115th Congress flopped into Washington on Tuesday with House Republicans proposing and then dropping marginal changes to an internal ethics office. The reversal is an unforced political error, but ...

A year of progress? Lawmakers say yes

Three area state senators are optimistic that 2017 could be a year of legislative progress, with a positive impact for Horry County and the Grand Strand. When the General Assembly convenes this month ...

On preservation of historic icons

Anyone who has been to Abbeville and meandered down Trinity Street has likely enjoyed the beauty and historic quality of Trinity Episcopal Church. At 156 years of age, the church is not without signs ...

Alcohol abuse a real danger for women

Evidence shows women are as damaged by drink as men -- if not more so, because they are more susceptible to its effects. Some have begun asking whether the alcohol industry is trying to have it both w ...

Warplane trade deal raises issues

Some observations about President-elect Donald Trump’s defense-policy-by-Twitter announcement that he had asked the Boeing Co. to “price-out” an F-18 Super Hornet to compete with Loc ...

A happy new year or just same ole?

Ah yes, it’s that time when we are supposed to reflect on the year that was and focus on the year that lies ahead. Many of us celebrated 2016’s departure last night as we welcomed 2017 at ...

Fed regulations set new records

The federal regulatory state has just surpassed a dubious milestone. Since 2005, the total net cost of the 4,432 regulations finalized has now topped $1 trillion, according to the American Action Foru ...

Rick Perry, Trump's memorable top pick

President-elect Donald Trump has every right to select whomever he wants for his Cabinet and chief advisory positions. Some of his choices, however, make it harder to distinguish between the reality o ...

Story of Christmas as new now as ever

It is a story that never grows old. It is the story of Christmas. Why does it not grow old? It is as new at this moment as it was in the beginning, and it is eternal, even as the world’s events ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Fra ...