Improving Our Communication Skills

Improving Our Communication Skills

The greatest challenge we have in our republic is avoiding consequences caused by polarized advocates who can’t hear each other.  The screaming from the extreme is so loud the middle can’t hear a clear message or see a clear path, even when we have a middle of the road compassionate leader, who is trying to […]

Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

This past week found your correspondent not home in Edgefield County, but rather working and visiting in Washington, DC. As a faculty member at Augusta University, for the past several Junes I have attended the annual conference of the American Association of University Professors held here in DC. The discussions are interesting to me, sharing […]

Dear Editor

Dear Editor

An Election in May 23, for the 4th district is very important to the County of Edgefield. I know off term elections have a poor turnout.  So I’m asking all citizens of the 4th District to come out and VOTE FOR WILLIE BRIGHT, re-elect a man who has made a great progressive improvement in Edgefield […]

Raising the Highway Tax

Raising the Highway Tax

Regular readers of this column will remember this topic as one that was addressed several times before the extraordinary 2016 election season and the nascent Trump Presidency garnered all of our attention. Here are some words from January, 2016. “All of us in Edgefield County,” I wrote then, “regardless of politics and where we stand […]

Healing the Sick, Once Again

Healing the Sick, Once Again

This week saw many political happenings worth writing about, each of which will fill many a political column. There was the Georgia Governor’s signing a new law allowing “concealed carry” permit holders to carry their guns onto all public colleges and universities, whether students, faculty, or visitors. There was the resounding defeat in France of […]

Concern about our Roads

Concern about our Roads

As an elected public servant at the local level, I am just as concerned about the condition of our roads as all constituents, as well as those in the state house considering funding issues in Columbia this week.  I am very concerned about the financial pressure that is being forced down to lower levels of […]

Letter to Editor — Marguerite Cassels

Letter to Editor — Marguerite Cassels

Mt. of Olives Cemetery To the many of you who contributed to the Friends of Mt. of Olives Cemetery. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude. When John Owen Clark and I undertook this task in November of 2012, our goals were the clean up and restoration of the cemetery.  The Town of Johnston […]

Letter to the Editor — Doug Timmerman

Letter to the Editor — Doug Timmerman

Letter to the Editor, Have you taken a stroll through Willowbrook Cemetery or East View Cemetery lately?  It is not just the birds singing or the actual coolness in the air, but there is a peacefulness and emotional aspect of being among Edgefield’s ancestors that is overwhelming.  As so famously stated by W. W. Ball, […]

Authority, Responsibility, Accountability

Authority, Responsibility, Accountability

Experience as a military officer teaches values, and teaches them by a series of moves – with the early opportunity to see what works, what leadership is all about in a small unit, and to see what doesn’t work. As one progresses through a military career, first comes exposure to carrying out orders you might […]

Lottery Tuition Assistance

Lottery Tuition Assistance

It’s been well reported in recent years that a college education, or, at a minimum, some career-specific training after high school is going to become mandatory for the kinds of jobs that pay a livable wage. To a large extent, this is already the case, and study after study indicates that this trend is only […]

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