Our view: Give JDLH time, but keep watch

There is no denying that the John de la Howe agency in McCormick County has been plagued by troubles of late. The historic school that has righted the paths of many at-risk youths fell victim to misma ...

Next steps for The Greenwood Promise

As a child, I dreamed about my future career, transitioning from teacher to lawyer to doctor to computer science whiz. However, in college, I discovered a passion for serving others, and my desire to ...

Moderate tax hike not unreasonable

South Carolina needs money for road repairs, and raising the state tax on gasoline is the obvious and fairest way to get it. But without leadership from Gov. Henry McMaster, it looks as if lawmakers a ...

Make America great again

“Make America Great Again” rings in my ears as I trace my childhood memories to “again.” Safety was hooking the screen door on summer nights. Peace after WWII was palpable as w ...

On deserved awards and helping others

Way to go, Betty Jo Hall, and a thumbs up to you for being named the S.C. Association of School Administrators’ 2017 Personnel Administrator of the Year. Hall has been a mainstay in the Abbevill ...

Time to end attacks on President Trump

One of the important reasons that Donald Trump won the November election is that Americans wanted him to appoint Justice Scalia’s replacement. President Trump is simply fulfilling a campaign pro ...

Socioeconomic benefits of post-secondary education

Benefits of post-secondary education seem clear for an individual in terms of better jobs and improved earning potential, but those benefits ripple through society. For starters, more education promo ...

Benefits and impact of education attainment

Post-secondary education enhances quality of life beyond securing better jobs, though that foundation is essential to other benefits. A community that values learning sees improvements far and wide. ...

Readers can provide balance of opinion

A few readers have expressed their displeasure with the viewpoints on this page. Most have been aimed at the various syndicated columnists and cartoonists, some at the newspaper’s editorials. We ...

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 ...