Truth is not in the eye of the beholder. Truth is a series of facts that often need to be proven or investigated. Truth is not an opinion. Truth is not a series of alternate facts because a series of alternate facts is a series of untruths. The search for truth can be frustrating but eventua…

For a teenager in the 1970s, the Boy Scout Handbook offered an escape into a practical world that provided answers to lots of things for a young, curious mind: how to tie knots, start campfires, safely hike and camp in the woods, use a compass, identify trees and track animals. Manuals for m…

It’s been a year since a mob of enraged Americans stormed the United States Capitol. What’s happened since may be even more shocking: The attack accentuated our country’s political fissures instead of starting to heal them.

A reader from Hartsville complains a recent column on improving common good was little more than a promotional campaign that is “leftist, liberalistic, socialistic.”

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column reflecting on former IJ editor Bill Collins in the wake of his death Nov. 9. I ended the piece with this: “While I knew Bill’s health had been in decline lately, I certainly wasn’t expecting the news I got this past week. And it did not occur to me that…

I am on the floor petting Hazel, our Chocolate Lab. Everything about standing up hurts.

Since Nov. 22, 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has provided a final resting place for the World War I Unknown Soldier, and three crypts contain the remains of Unknown Solders representing World War II, the Korean War, with an empty crypt dedicated to honoring our nation’s missing. Scul…

The subject of empathy and seeking its understanding can be an all-consuming task. I’d like to think that I succeed more often than I fail but an honest assessment reveals that I often struggle and need to do better. It is helpful to look at its classic definition and then examine some recen…