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 […]

Registration by Party, Part Two

Registration by Party, Part Two

    The title of my editorial last week was “Should Primary Elections be Decided by the Parties, Part One.”  If you missed it, it is online.  I hope you do read it, because I believe the issues discussed in this series are important and each part will build on preceding editorials.   http://www.edgefieldadvertiser.com/2018/06/should-primary-elections-be-decided-by-the-parties/.   […]

Early Voting

Early Voting

  Like most states, South Carolina has a “Get Out the Vote!” campaign each election. We can do better by not just talking about that but actually doing something about it. One disincentive to voting is holding elections on a work and school day, but there is only so much one state can do about […]

Should Primary Elections Be Decided by The Parties

Should Primary Elections Be Decided by The Parties

Part One   I hope Robert Mitchell Scott’s editorial last week, suggesting that Political Party Primaries, where prior to the general election in November, individuals seek their affiliated political party’s “nomination,” by first going through the party primary process, is placed online.  I believe it should be placed online, where all South Carolinian’s can comment, […]

Remembering D-Day

Remembering D-Day

    Today is the 74th anniversary of D-Day, and I sincerely question how many Americans, especially those under 50, will take time to reflect on the sacrifice of what many refer to as “The Greatest Generation,” as they fought to restore sanity on a continent so far away.   In the years preceding moving […]

Voting and the Upcoming Primaries

Voting and the Upcoming Primaries

  As has been discussed in previous columns, the next opportunity for Edgefield County to vote is in the primary elections on Tuesday, June 12th. That is elections (plural), because South Carolina now has open primaries, and all registered voters are allowed to participate in either party’s primary but not both, regardless of whether they […]

Palliative Care is Part of the Solution to Reducing Opioid Abuse

  It’s clear more needs to be done to address opioid abuse nationwide and I appreciate the action Congress is taking to get this done. An important piece of the solution to reducing this misuse may also lie within a bill that already has widespread, bipartisan support and just needs a final push in order […]

Congress Can Ease Cancer Patients Pain

  While Congress is hard at work to address issues of opioid abuse and misuse nationwide, it’s important they’re also considering patients dealing with pain daily. Congress has an opportunity to both reduce abuse of opioids and help ensure people living with pain have access to the care they need, by passing a popular, bipartisan […]

Money Laundering Made Easier

Money Laundering Made Easier

  By Jay Bender Money laundering had its origins with crime syndicates.  Former SLED chief Robert Stewart said that one of the dangers of South Carolina’s legalization of video poker was that it provided a state-wide network of money laundromats. A video poker operator would report receipts for a poker machine, pay the taxes on […]

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