Parades, tree lightings, shopping, parties — yes, it’s a magical time of the year right now as people become immersed in the Christmas and holiday season.

“Black Friday” sounds dire but is actually a cause for celebration. For most of the year, retail stores are fortunate just to break even. But the beginning of the holiday shopping season finally brings profit margins wide enough to carry them out of the red and into the black.

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Parades, tree lightings, shopping, parties — yes, it’s a magical time of the year right now as people become immersed in the Christmas and holiday season.

“Black Friday” sounds dire but is actually a cause for celebration. For most of the year, retail stores are fortunate just to break even. But the beginning of the holiday shopping season finally brings profit margins wide enough to carry them out of the red and into the black.

As we barrel headlong toward Christmas, thoughts of Halloween are likely gone as the candy collected by children. But Da’Moni Simpkins’ tragic Halloween night accident should give us pause to again consider how we go about celebrating the annual kids’ costuming and candy collecting adventure.

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 breakdown in global recycling markets and the growing public alarm over plastic waste in the ocean has prompted appropriately consequential action across the globe.

The class-warfare suggestion of some political candidates that the super-wealthy are somehow not entitled to what they’ve made is both ridiculous and dangerous.

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.

Yet again we pondered what prophetic thought we could share with readers on this Thanksgiving Day. We looked at what we said in this space last year, the year before that and even before that. Indeed, we were quickly reminded that each year’s message remains the same. We find it resonates th…

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…

South Carolina ranks 47th in the nation in providing resources to combat mental illness. That abysmal situation may be starting to change, but we have a long way to go.

Swift and final as impeachment hearings heat up and wild-eyed Adam Schiff becomes more obnoxious and set on convicting President Trump, it becomes clear they do not have a leg to stand on and they know it.

On Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, the Greenwood Republicans hosted “A Salute to the Veterans” at the Greenwood County Veterans Center with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham as the guest speaker for the evening.

The Knights of Columbus of Father John B. Adair Council 7129 again thank the Greenwood Community for its generosity that helped make our annual Columbus HOPE Foundation Campaign (Tootsie Roll Drive) that we conducted in September, October,and November a huge success for this year.

Those who are worried about carbon emissions from fossil fuels should realize that contributions from U.S. discontinuing their use is puny and overwhelmed by China and India, where hundreds of coal-fired power plants are in use, with hundreds more planned.

I read Sen. Harvey Peelers’ letter the other week about the SC senate passing a bill to keep daylight saving time year round. My question is, was the public asked if they want to do this? I don’t remember seeing or hearing about a survey to see if the public wanted this to happen. Is this ju…

When a tenth of the members of the S.C. Legislature were indicted on corruption charges in the federal Operation Lost Trust sting, the question was how, not whether, lawmakers would overhaul the state’s anemic ethics law and enact other reforms to reduce the chance that their colleagues woul…

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.

Our legislature chose, this year, to send each of us taxpayers a check for $50 instead of funding state responsibilities long neglected. True conservatives would put unexpected income to work, paying off debts and obligations, funding needed repair to infrastructure.

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.

Bernie Sanders often points to Europe as his economic model, but there’s one lesson from the Continent that he and Elizabeth Warren want to ignore. Europe has tried and mostly rejected the wealth taxes that the two presidential candidates are now promising for America.

When an older person retires, they might decide later they want to return to the working class, even with a part-time position. However, this is not a good position to be in. We are discriminated against. 

I have been following your stories about the calendar change with great interest. I no longer have children in Greenwood County schools, but remember when they inexplicably changed the school calendar 15 years ago.

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.

South Carolina must improve how it cares for mentally ill prisoners, and it’s happening broadly under a court order that arose from a decade of class-action litigation. But according to a psychiatrist who works at the Camille Graham women’s prison in Columbia, conditions worsened between 201…