One could certainly argue that the South Carolina Highway Patrol should have better things to do with its time than to set aside a special week targeting litterers along the state’s highways.

When you live in a county where you vote and pay taxes, there is and should be an expectation that the people you elect and the people who work at the pleasure of those you elect are, in the short and long run, accountable to you.

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One could certainly argue that the South Carolina Highway Patrol should have better things to do with its time than to set aside a special week targeting litterers along the state’s highways.

I want to remind your readers that Friday is National Healthcare Decisions Day. This is the perfect occasion for readers to take the time to think about their own health care decisions. If you were ill, what kind of treatments do you want? What is quality of life to you? Have you put these w…

When you live in a county where you vote and pay taxes, there is and should be an expectation that the people you elect and the people who work at the pleasure of those you elect are, in the short and long run, accountable to you.

Hey, Washington! You see what happened in Greenwood, South Carolina? You remember when you all were able to reach across the aisle and reach a compromise? Yeah, we know. It’s been a while.

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz might seek an ally — or more — in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. True, they’re not in the same political offices and one has an “R” after his name, the other a “D.” But they are facing similar issues that could wreck their political careers.

Every child in South Carolina should be taught how and why the Constitution was written as well as what it means. They need to know to enable them to cope in the future with anti-American and cancel culture nonsense.

The S.C. Legislature has a tendency to meddle — in executive decisions that, under the state constitution, are supposed to be the province of the governor; in local matters that, under the constitution, are supposed to be the province of city and county governments; in college matters that a…

Nowhere has the impact of the COVID “lockdown” been more evident than in K-12 public school systems throughout the country since in-person learning ceased about one year ago in favor of virtual classes.

We typically freshen up and republish the editorial for this and other significant holidays because the messages largely remain relevant to the occasion.

It beats the alternative, so they say, and I’d surely have to agree. But lately it seems I’m more in tune with the aging process. My own, at least.

Guess we should start off with a big ole thumbs up to you readers who enjoyed Thursday’s “Our View.” We hope a little humor lightened and brightened your day. But more than that, we hope you got the serious message that we yet believe a variety of opinions shared on this page is a good thing…

Perhaps some readers will say we’re just a broken record, that we’re just full of self-praise when we point up government graft and corruption.

Mary Balfour and I have settled it. We can now say with pride that we both call Greenwood, South Carolina home. It was quite a journey to get here, but I will spare you much of the agony and simply say this:

The First Amendment assures there will be no prohibition on press freedom, but it does not ensure that government must cooperate in any way with a free press. That is where laws such as South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act are essential for press and public to have access to information.

It might seem far-fetched to write about parenting from the perspective of tyranny. Tyranny seems to be a description more apt for a political science discussion, about how governments and countries can be overtaken by a leader or small group of people who rule in a severe and unjust manner.

Remember this past week when there were dire weather reports and it appeared nearly a done deal that we in South Carolina — and most certainly the Lakelands and Upstate — would be dealt a big mess?

Years ago, my great-grandfather, Samuel Metts operated a large farm in southern Greenwood County. When my grandfather passed away, my father, Bill Metts, maintained the land and used it for hunting, but all farming operations ceased.

As another Sunshine Week draws to a close, it occurred to me that a column from three years ago — yes, three years — remains all too relevant. Given that we have new readers and sometimes we all need a little reminder, I share that column once again, with a few minor revisions.

With the hope that stories and opinion pieces we have shared this week have been well received and even perceived as beneficial, we bid adieu to another Sunshine Week.

Democracy is a brand that should always be synonymous with the United States of America. And yet, because of former President Donald Trump’s extraordinary efforts to undermine democracy, it appears the world is looking elsewhere for guidance. A world that in the past three decades has witnes…