Opinion  – By G. Miller Thompson – As you may have seen advertised last week, the Edgefield County Democratic Party hosted Senator Shane Massey, a Republican, at their Saturday morning gathering. Attending the meeting were several of Edgefield’s most active Democrats and even a few members of the County’s Republican Party. Most in the room […]

Working Women and the Uneven Playing Field

Opinion – By Robert Scott – A few weeks ago I wrote about the Hobby Lobby decision, and whether women employees, their (usually male) employers, or the government should have decision making authority as to what constitutes minimum legal health insurance coverage. Perhaps a metaphor to put that into perspective: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program […]

Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update

August 7, 2014 Balancing County Work and Your Tax Dollars You should always watch how governmental entities spend your tax dollars. And one of the largest expenses for any public or private entity is usually labor costs. As you know, the more employees you have, the more you pay in wages and benefits. There is […]

Profiles in Politics: Representative Jeff Duncan

– By G. Miller Thompson – Representing South Carolina’s Third Congressional District (including Edgefield County) is Laurens native Jeff Duncan. I was able to interview the Congressman by phone Friday afternoon and here are his thoughts on issues at home and abroad. First, the Congressman and I discussed some issues from abroad. Mr. Duncan is […]

Republicans and Democrats Working Together

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – This essay’s subject sounds totally outlandish in 2014, doesn’t it? Well, if we are talking about the Federal Government, unfortunately it pretty much is. The only agreement between our two political parties is to agree that the national government is totally dysfunctional and absolutely nothing will be accomplished. Their […]

The Crisis at the Border

Opinion  – By G. Miller Thompson – News broke recently that 350 illegal immigrant children have been received in South Carolina.  These children have come to live with relatives and other sponsors while they wait for their day in immigration court (this is a process that can take many months).  The fact that these children […]

The American Thing to Do

OPINION  – By Robert Scott – One of the many political email lists I seem to find myself on these days is written by Robert Reich, the former Labor Secretary under Bill Clinton and current Professor of Public Policy at the University of California. I don’t always agree with Dr. Reich, but occasionally he seems […]

Run Ben Run!

OPINION  – By G. Miller Thompson – While we all are awaiting an important midterm election this coming November, we must not forget about the magnitude of the 2016 presidential election cycle. President Obama has 919 days left in the White House and then the American people will choose his replacement. Many names are being […]

Who Should be Allowed to Vote?

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – One of my favorite politicians is John Lewis, the 1960’s Civil Rights activist-turned-Congressman from Georgia. Unlike many politicians half his age, he is active on Facebook and on Twitter. A recent “tweet” from the week just past: “Democracy is an act. It requires participation, organization, and dedication to the […]

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