We are not the enemy

We are not the enemy

To Our Readership We are the oldest newspaper in S.C. and we have battled so many times, over 182 years, to stay alive — sometimes of our own doing, other times the “undoing” coming from the outside.  Vicissitudes of this nature tend to keep one strong.   This newspaper stands for the right of a […]

Agriculture and the Greatest Generation

Agriculture and the Greatest Generation

  I answered last week, “Why Edgefield? Why Agriculture?   I shared our mid-life decision to move to rural Edgefield County, South Carolina and to promote Sustainable Agriculture. Included was a link to a 45-minute web-interview with Karen Hurd of WomanWize Healthy Living, discussing in greater depth our investment in agriculture as a long-term investment.  I […]

College Tuition 2018

College Tuition 2018

This week is the First Week of School, a time to reflect on the high cost of school at all levels but especially of public colleges and universities. Let’s look at in-state tuition at Clemson and the University of South Carolina. With only Winthrop University higher in cost among state public higher education institutions, Clemson […]

Why Edgefield? Why Agriculture?

Why Edgefield? Why Agriculture?

  I want to say again how grateful I am to Ms. Suzanne Mims Derrick for the opportunity to provide a weekly editorial to the Edgefield Advertiser, the longest continuous running print paper in the Palmetto State. I also want to thank her for her graciousness when I need to take a break.  I took the […]

Placing Religion Above Politics

Placing Religion Above Politics

The Episcopal Church (TEC) has a general convention every three years, and the most recent was just last month: from July 5-13 in Austin, Texas. TEC always seems to have profound issues to address and to work through, including in recent years recognition of women as Priests and Bishops and liturgies blessing same gender relationships […]

Letter to Editor  

Referencing Articles on Airports, July 18 Edition   Let me begin by thanking The Advertiser for the opportunity to speak to them through their correspondent about the Edgefield County Airport, Yonce Field, Trenton, S.C. and, in turn, have them introduce to their readers a local gem.    We would like to take this opportunity to add […]

Left, Right, or Center?

Left, Right, or Center?

This year, like most years recently, seems to be dominated by politics. At least during Party Primary season, Republican politicians seem to vie for the dubious honor of being seen as the Most Conservative or the Most Trump; Democrats vie to be noted as the Most Liberal or Least Trump. One has the impression that […]

Open Primaries 2018 – Wrap-Up

Open Primaries 2018 – Wrap-Up

  Now that the Primary Elections are over, it is time to close out the issue of Open Primaries for this year. To start with, the purpose of a primary election is not (as another columnist has claimed) to select party leaders; it is just to decide whose names will appear on the general election […]

Dear Editor,

I believe I was denied my right to vote in the June 12 Edgefield County Primaries. I was forced to decide between casting a vote for my county council representative or the Probate judge. Specifically, Kennion and Bibbs were on the democratic ticket and Anderson and Taylor were on the republican. The winner of each […]

Refugees and Immigrants

Refugees and Immigrants

Last fall the Edgefield Advertiser ran an OpEd about Refugees and Immigrants, and this week the issue has again made national news. Now as it was then, it is easy to say, “That doesn’t affect me. I’m just going to ignore it.” That would be wrong, in several senses. It would be incorrect, even here […]

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