Pro-Life or Pro-Choice? Where Do We Go From Here?

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – The controversy behind those two choices is not a new one, and it certainly didn’t either begin or end with the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in Roe v. Wade, a decision that has now stood for 42 years. Many deep moral and religious arguments swirl around the court’s decision, […]

Why Should We Close Gitmo?

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – As President Obama completes his final two years, several threads are coming together. Two of them are efforts to move “terrorists” presently held at the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay (“Gitmo”), and reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in over fifty years. Gitmo is, of course, […]

Southern Hospitality Had No Meaning

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: Thank you for your kind article in your July 29, 2015 edition chronicling our visit with the Norrises. It started a few years ago on Flickr with a simple appreciation for each other’s photos. Both of us trying to make our love for photography into something beyond a mere […]

Coming to Terms with our History

Opinion – By Bettis C. Rainsford, Sr. – The shooting of nine African-Americans in an AME Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015 by a 21 year old Columbia man who had posted photographs of himself with a Confederate Flag and a manifesto announcing white supremacy views has led to a remarkable transformation of public […]

College Tuition, Student Loans, and Sticker Shock Revisited

Opnion  – By Robert Scott – As was the case last summer, I’m writing this week from a meeting of the American Association of University Professors, this time hosted by Denver University and funded by the professors themselves. And as was the case last year, one of the biggest issues under discussion is the “sticker […]

Time for a Breather

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – My wife Carol and I attended the quarterly “Convocation Meeting” of all our regional churches from Aiken County to Abbeville County this past Sunday afternoon. One of the Deacons representing Bishop Andrew Waldo in Columbia said that her head was still spinning from all the events of the past […]

Problem With Neighborhood Dogs

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: I just moved out of the County where I lived for 16 years.  Have become weary of constantly having to call animal control about neighbor dogs coming in my yard, barking at me, pooping all over right next to my house; neighbors with 5 large dogs out in the road, […]

The Unfinished Work Remaining in Our Capital

Opinion – By Brian McCracken – I am a white, middle-class South Carolinian male raised and instilled with Republican values, and I support taking down the Confederate flag flying in front of the South Carolina State House. I am a former Civil War reenactor, an avid lover of history who can name each successive battle, […]

Flags, Monuments, Change, and Optimism

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – This week’s news throughout the state will doubtless be dominated by discussions regarding the Confederate Battle Flag on the grounds of the State House, as well it should. By the time you read this issue of The Edgefield Advertiser, the issue may very well have been settled, and change […]

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