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 ...

The power of hugs is very much real

I want to thank Robert Saul for his Guest View article in the Index-Journal Jan. 9 titled “The power of hugs - thank you Norah.” I saw this story about the 4-year old girl, Norah, who was ...

MLK Day an opportunity to refocus

On Monday, the nation will join in remembering and honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. And all across the nation, most certainly here in South Carolina, we would do well to focus on King&rsquo ...

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 ...

Too many drivers display bad habits

It is amazing to see so many folks driving down a busy road doing things that could result in a crash. People are trying to drive and use some type of electronic device. Tragedy hits when a crash deat ...

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 ...

Donald Trump sent by God for reason

Donald Trump represents the heart and mind of white America with all of the hate, prejudice, degrading, disrespecting, belittling, headline grabbing, money grabbing, depressing the poor, and kicking e ...

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 ...

The kindness of strangers prompts words of thanks

I had written my check for the items I was buying (the total was more than my $20 bill that I had), but I was told I needed my South Carolina driver’s license for identification. I searched my w ...

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 ...

The year that was, the year that is

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and yes, Chris Trainor, it is a new year. And much like we have done in previous years, we find ourselves zeroing in on the same topic. Of course, that won’ ...