A Letter of Thanks

A Letter of Thanks

The 2016 Edgefield Heritage Jubilee saw another successful event this past Saturday. We had a great crowd of people and had a good many vendors and entertainment. It takes a tremendous amount of time, work, and volunteers to have such an event. I am grateful for the many people who took the time to give […]

Expecting Something Different

Expecting Something Different

Most of these columns in recent months have addressed issues of national concern: the state of our national security, our increasing prosperity unfairly shared by just a few, our historic New World commitment to welcome refugees from the Old. But not all issues are national issues. A favorite bit of homespun wisdom gives one definition […]

The Stranger’s Among Us, Part One

The Stranger’s Among Us, Part One

This week, I am going to continue my theme that most of life’s issues are non-respecter of person issues. We face a challenge in our republic. As a culture, as a nation we are addicted to opium.  Actually, it is OPM – “Other People’s Money.”  Depending upon the industry you work in it could be […]

Supporting public policy to fight cancer on the Hill

Supporting public policy to fight cancer from Edgefield to Capitol Hill Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., with more than 700 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers from across the country to urge Congress to support lifesaving policies that help people prevent and better treat cancer. I called […]

A Historical Perspective of September 11, 2001

A Historical Perspective of September 11, 2001

I started this week with a cup of coffee at 6 AM Monday Morning watching CNN’s election coverage.  There was a portion of an interview with Hillary Clinton I felt was very honest.  The reporter asked, “Are words like destroy and defeat honest words when it comes to the war we face with ISIS?”  Hillary’s […]

9/11 Brought Us Together As a Nation

9/11 Brought Us Together As a Nation

One of the worst things about this year’s political season is just how divided we have become as a nation. I’m not either a psychologist or a political scientist, so I cannot really say for sure why that is; the analysis that makes the most sense to me is that we are suffering from a […]

On National Security

On National Security

One thing our leading politicians agree on: our past national leaders from both parties have given us the strongest, most sophisticated armed forces in the world, arguably in the history of the world. There is some discussion about, is it enough? Is it enough that our military spending exceeds that of the next seven countries […]

Political Polling

Political Polling

If you are one of those among us who look at the Presidential race and wonder who’s winning this week, then you are probably familiar with the multitude of “preference polls” that purport to say that, for example, Hillary Clinton leads at present by 48% to 42% among registered voters. You might very well ask […]

Understanding the Vote Your Conscience Movement

Understanding the Vote Your Conscience Movement

Last week when I posted on social media my article about a Democrat challenging the establishment, referencing my contemplations on Donald Trump winning the Republican Nomination for President, and why he chose to run in the fractured Republican Party, I used the hashtags #VoteYourConscience and #NeverTrump, encouraging some of my friends in that movement to […]

Politics and Paranoia

Politics and Paranoia

Anyone who has been paying even the slightest attention to presidential politics this year is aware that we as a nation are faced with choosing between two very flawed candidates. The strongest and most persuasive argument either one has, boils down to this: Vote for me, because the alternative is much worse. Political pundits of […]

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