Two people are in conflict if they cannot agree on something. Sometimes the source of the conflict is a minor issue, sometimes a major issue. Sometimes the involved parties can have a rational discussion about the conflict, and sometimes they act irrational, being verbally or physically abusive.

The Democratic presidential preference primary is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 29 (it’s a Leap Year). We do anticipate the polls to be busy, so don’t delay in requesting your absentee ballot and get caught in the last-minute rush.

Former and current American officials indicate that the Intelligence Committee had contact with the whistleblower prior to his/her filing the complaint over Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. The committee does not deny it, but maintains they simply told th…

Somehow, contrary to the Constitution, which protects the rights of the individual, everywhere you look nowadays there is someone or some group telling us what and what not to do.

More likely than not, the good times won’t keep being good. At some point — and probably sooner than you think — the country will slip into another recession.

South Carolina is just one of four states without a law that punishes people who violently lash out against others or property because of hate. Rep. Beth Bernstein, D-Columbia, is working to build a coalition of lawmakers to change the status quo — and soon.

A forest is more a concept than a thing. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes a forest as “a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract.” Through most of human time, a forest was regarded with trepidation. Forests were filled with real dangers such as wolves and bears, a…

Empathy is described as the trait that allows us to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes to understand their situation and their responses to it. It is one of the most difficult personality traits to employ on a regular basis. And a recent book reminded me of the breadth of empathy that tho…

Racism and racial exploitation may seem to be the same thing. They are far from it. Racism is real. Racial exploitation is when someone uses any excuse to accuse someone else of racism – even false and oft times manufactured or purported racism. Look around. It’s a blemish on reality.

State legislators need to be a little bit like reporters in the days ahead as they consider the fate of Santee Cooper, the state-backed utility that fell into trouble when a project to build new nuclear reactors spectacularly died.

It is easy in these times of “fake news” and denigration of the media to forget the importance of your local newspaper. It is National Newspaper Week, so take time to consider what value your local newspaper brings to your community and your life.

Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old eno…