Welcome the Stranger

Welcome the Stranger

By Robert Scott The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Edgefield Advertiser.   Once again we are witnessing in our country the age-old argument about immigration. We need to guard our country from outside, alien people without our American ideals, because they threaten the […]

Vote For Change

Vote For Change

By Robert Scott Are you satisfied with the elected leaders we have today? Do you consider that the Congress we have now, the Statehouse leadership we have now, the county and city governments we have now, are doing the job we want them to do, in a manner we can and should be proud of? […]

Let America Be America Again

Let America Be America Again

By Robert Scott The Trump call to “Make America Great Again” owes a lot to the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes (1901-1967), most likely without knowing that it does. Langston Hughes was as close to being “ethnically American” as it is possible to be, with a genealogy that included English, French, African, native American, and […]

Vision for Our Historic County

Vision for Our Historic County

By Scott Cooper My editorial last week began by highlighting the study of geography, both macro-geography and micro-geography.  I also shared how until I began outlining a long-range plan in agriculture, there were parts of our own family farm I did not know about, even though I had visited it for over four decades.  That […]

My College Reunion

My College Reunion

In writing these columns for The Edgefield Advertiser, I have tried not to make them too personal – and therefore, I hope, not too boring for people who care about national, state, and county issues but not so much about any columnist’s personal issues. I’ll make an exception this week and talk about one aspect […]

A Long Way to Thank County Leadership

A Long Way to Thank County Leadership

By Scott Cooper In economics, there is the study of macro-economics and the study of micro-economics.   The same is true when studying geography.  A macroscopic approach to human geography aims to identify large-scale patterns in observed phenomena rather than concentrating on local data, especially in the analysis of population distribution, and its relation to […]

Old Law Office

Old Law Office

In last week’s issue of The Edgefield Advertiser, print edition, there was a wonderful article, titled “A Home for Jake and Sleepy Creek Construction” on the front page of the paper concerning Jake Hatcher renovating the “Old Law Building” on Simkins Street to use as a home and office.  In the article, it was reported […]

Thoughts on Labor Day

Thoughts on Labor Day

  Candidly, I am torn about writing this week.  We just celebrated Labor Day Weekend.   From Wikipedia: “Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the […]

Trump and McCain

Trump and McCain

  Like many Americans, this past weekend I was caught up in the solemnities of Senator John S. McCain’s lying in state both in Phoenix and in Washington, DC, followed by his funeral at the National Cathedral. Senator McCain had obviously spent many hours in his final months planning every detail, including who were to […]

Luke Bryan is Coming to Edgefield County!

Luke Bryan is Coming to Edgefield County!

By Scott Cooper Every Country Music fan, or after this year, American Idol fan, knows who Luke Bryan is.  Luke Bryan is an award-winning Country Singer who in 2013, received the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Country Music Association Awards “Entertainer of the Year” award — and has sold over 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide. […]

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