The Second Amendment and the Terrorist Watch List

by Robert Scott As we head into the political year 2016, we are certain to hear about many subjects; here are two of them. One will be called (depending on who is doing the speaking) either Sensible Gun Control (the speaker is a Liberal), or Second Amendment Rights (Conservative). The other will be called either […]

Letters to the Editor

Poetry Floats My Boat Dear Editor: I’m so very pleased and proud that the “Poetry Floats My Boat” float in the Edgefield Christmas Parade was given first place as Most Original Float! Thank you to the judges for this great honor! Many, many thanks to everybody on and off the Poet Laureate Committee who helped […]

Defeating Islamophobia

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – In Paris, radical Islamic terrorists, almost all of them born and raised in Europe, killed 128 innocent people just under a month ago. The subsequent investigation, still in progress, indicated that this horrendous act was planned and orchestrated by what passes for the central authorities of ISIS, back in […]

Political Meetings

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – I attended two political meetings here locally over the past few days: the Edgefield County Delegation meeting held each November in Council Chambers, and a Presidential candidate rally over the weekend in Aiken. On one level the meetings were as different as they could be, but on another they […]

Inevitable Taxes

Opinion  – Robert Scott – It was Benjamin Franklin who famously wrote, “In this world, there is nothing certain except death and taxes.” He wrote that in 1789, when our federal government was brand new. Ever since then, in every political year candidates seem to mull over Franklin’s wisdom and try to assuage the inevitability […]

Roads, Bridges, and Dams

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – All of us send heart-felt condolences to those suffering after “The 1,000-Year Flood.” Accurate or not, that phrase describes the profound damage to people and property in South Carolina. Regular home insurance does not cover flooding; one must purchase that separately, and most people don’t. Government property is self-insured: […]

Guns and More Guns

Opinion – By Robert Scott – After two columns about the uplifting visit of Pope Francis, that vision of peace has been shattered by graphic images of the latest school shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The most comments I have ever received online after writing an Edgefield Advertiser column came […]

After the Pope’s Visit

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – Last week’s column addressed the pending visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and speculated about what guidance he might share with us. He did not disappoint. First of all, it is clear that Pope Francis is profoundly a friend of America, not just of American Catholics or […]

The Pope’s Visit

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – Our Vicar at The Episcopal Church of the Ridge, Father Tom DiMarco, will be on a well-earned vacation this week, and we were joking about who would substitute for him at church services. Since Pope Francis will be here in the U.S., perhaps he could be asked to fill […]

Hot Button Issues in South Carolina

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – Readers of this column know that I frequently write about “hot button” issues, issues that have widely varying opinions aired quite vocally in local, state, and national politics. Many of you also know that The Edgefield Advertiser’s website, , allows you to comment on those columns; whether you […]

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