Notre-Dame at Risk, Potential Symbolism.

Notre-Dame at Risk, Potential Symbolism.

I want to thank CBS This Morning for their piece on the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris on Tuesday March 20th. It frankly is discouraging to learn about the state of its disrepair and its crumbling from within.   I am so grateful for the opportunity to have traveled to view this amazing testimony of craftmanship […]

How I met R.D. Porcher and the Hawthorn Tree  

How I met R.D. Porcher and the Hawthorn Tree   

          Pictured: Richard Porcher I shall forever think of Richard Dwight Porcher when I see a hawthorn tree.  I saw one for the first time, recently, while attending one of his lecture tours through a swamp at Middleton Plantation out of Charleston, SC. Porcher is retired from The Citadel where he taught […]

Church and State

Here we are in the midst of another legislative session, with reasonable and nonsensical proposed laws vying with one another for our elected representatives’ attention. In reviewing columns written during past legislative sessions, I reread one with this same title from three years ago. It is more appropriate now than it was then, and drew […]

Algebra Teachers and Sheriff’s Deputies

  Aftershocks from the Parkland, Florida, school shootings earlier this month continue to echo across the country. Surviving students from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have shown themselves to be informed, articulate, and unwavering in their desire to tell their stories and to plead with those old enough to vote to do something, to […]

Our Local Libraries

GUEST EDITORIAL Our Local Libraries By Patricia Bryan   The Edgefield County public libraries operate as members of the Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield  Regional Library System.  There is only one other multi-county system in South Carolina, Allendale-Hampton-Jasper.  Founded in 1957, the ABBE Regional Library System offers many advantages to its member counties and their citizens. All personnel operations […]

Letter To The Editor- No More, It’s Enough Now

THE HORRIFIC CRISIS at a school in Parkland Florida, 17 lives lost, 15 injured. May have been preventable with Trump not cancelling Obama’s mentally disabled to get guns & Republicans supporting this action. Shame on all of you !   The lack of strong gun laws & the lack of Health Care For All killed, yesterday, […]

Dominion Energy and SCE&G: Building a Better Future for South Carolina 

Dominion Energy and SCE&G: Building a Better Future for South Carolina 

By Ed Baine, Senior Vice President- Distribution, Dominion Energy The proposed partnership between South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) and its parent company, SCANA, with Dominion Energy would benefit all South Carolinians. Once approved, the combination of the two companies would provide rate relief for customers, help community organizations, and protect thousands of jobs in […]

South Carolina Tax Windfall

South Carolina Tax Windfall

Suppose that you found out that the state government received an unexpected windfall of 200 million dollars a year starting next year, without needing any changes to the tax law and without any new taxes. What should the South Carolina government do, if it happened? Well, it is about to happen. It turns out that […]

Second Amendment Wrongs

Second Amendment Wrongs

Of all the columns in this series in The Edgefield Advertiser, the one that received the most comments, hands down, had this same heading. Now that two years have passed, it is time to talk again about the Second Amendment and wrongs committed in its name. Adopted along with the rest of the Bill of […]

DACA and South Carolina

DACA and South Carolina

One of the programs that President Obama signed into existence by Executive Order was DACA – Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. This program addressed the problems faced by young immigrants who grew up as Americans because their parents brought them here, but who were never documented or whose visas expired while still children. Such people […]

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