Our (yes, our) Royal Family

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – As both a member of the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society (OEDGS) and a mathematician, I have often thought about how sure we all are about our ancestry when Edgefield County was first settled by European-Americans and African-Americans, in the early 1700’s. One is never certain about paternity, of […]

If Not You, Then Who?

Opinion  – By G. Miller Thompson – When I got back to Clemson last month, I was greeted by an email letting students and faculty know they would be required to complete a mandatory Title IX training course or face some form of disciplinary action. At face value, such a request does not sound too […]

We’re Number Two!

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – In this case, that’s better than being number one – but not much. It turns out that the state with the highest per capita rate for domestic violence – the kind of violence that has been in the news a lot lately, starting with the Baltimore Ravens star running […]

Congressman Duncan Responds to Letter to the Editor

– By Jeff Duncan – A letter to the editor ran recently in The Edgefield Advertiser challenging my position on energy development. The letter read, “Due to our geological past, South Carolina has no coal, oil or natural gas…either on shore or off.” That statement is false and misleading. According to a study conducted in […]

The Local Government Fund (LGF)

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – What is the LGF, and why should we care? The website of the South Carolina Association of Counties (www.sccounties.org) explains the Local Government Fund, or LGF. According to the history at that website, the LGF was designed by the South Carolina state government to add a revenue source to […]

Energy Policy

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: Jeff Duncan is touting his energy policy as all-inclusive, but we should follow the money. The United States’ energy policy must be crafted by legislators who have a vision for the future, not by politicians who have received thousands of dollars from fossil fuel industries and out of state […]

Working Together With our Legislative Delegation

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – The Edgefield County Republicans’ meeting last week was a success! Like the Democrats’ earlier meeting, the Republicans invited a guest speaker from the other party to address common issues. The speaker was Representative Bill Clyburn, who highlighted what the South Carolina Legislature faced this year and what it should […]

Will Things Ever Get Better in the Middle East?

Opinion – By Dr. Mims Mobley – Hamas Muslims and Israelis have been hurling ordnance at each other again, and in Syria and Iraq, fanatical Muslims of ISIS are a threat to the lives of all, even other Muslims, who do not convert to their radical views regarding Islam. It’s not new. Some 2000 years before […]

Islam Is Not Our Enemy

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – Like so many Americans, I was appalled by the reports of the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, at the hands of the self-styled “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS). Like so many Americans, my immediate reaction was, we have to get those guys. What we want […]

Big Government, Liberty, and Freedom

Opinion – By Robert Scott – When I first started writing these OpEds for The Edgefield Advertiser, I was thinking that there was only so much one could say and too soon the columns would become repetitive. But like many of you, I read a lot of newspapers (some online), listen willingly or not to […]

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