Presidential Pardons

Presidential Pardons

In its Eighteenth Century wording, the U.S. Constitution in Article II Section 2 grants Presidents “Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” Our founding fathers left that power to speak for itself and many Presidents have used it, usually for cases of miscarriage of justice […]

Hammond West — Edgefield, SC

  Hammond West, 77, husband of the late Frances Calliham West, died Wednesday August 23, 2017. Funeral Services will be held Saturday August 26, 2017 at 11 AM at Antioch Baptist Church with burial in church cemetery. Mr. West was born in Edgefield County and was the son of W. A. and Louise Hammond West. […]

Dear Editor… Thorntons & Edgefield County Hospital

Dear Editor… Thorntons & Edgefield County Hospital

Dear Editor, In my almost sixty-five years as a member of this community I cannot think of another couple who have moved here and made as much of a difference as George and Beth Thornton.  We all should be grateful for their vision, energy, and contributions to this community. I have had three opportunities to […]

Mathematicians and the Muslim Travel Ban

Mathematicians and the Muslim Travel Ban

As a retired Navy Officer and now a mathematician and a University Professor, I have met many interesting people from all across the globe. Mathematicians don’t pay much attention to their colleagues’ race, religion, or politics. Can this person teach? Do they really know mathematics? Are they committed to keeping up with their field? If […]

Religion, Politics, and “Paying It Forward”

Religion, Politics, and “Paying It Forward”

Based on a desire for commonality among many churches, the Revised Common Lectionary is now in use throughout the English-speaking world. In the U.S., its sequence of Bible readings for each Sunday is followed not only in my own Episcopal Church but also in the Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran and Missouri Synod, Presbyterian, United Methodist, […]

Dear Editor — Comments on Plans for Square

Dear Editor — Comments on Plans for Square

I have been following the letters and/or comments in the paper about the Streetscape proposals.  Quite frankly, I and a number of folks that I talk with on Saturday a.m., while we are at the Saturday Market, seem to think that the overall plan is a totally waster of money. My question to the Town […]

Healing the Sick and “Trump Care”

Healing the Sick and “Trump Care”

What do the following Churches and religious organizations have in common? The Episcopal Church (I am proud to be an Episcopalian), American Friends Service Committee, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice (and several other Catholic organizations), Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, the Union for Reform Judaism, and […]

Politics: Are you tired of it too? — Dr. E. Mims Mobley

Politics: Are you tired of it too?  — Dr. E. Mims Mobley

Politics: Are you tired of it too? Dr. E. Mims Mobley Day in and day out, one cannot pick up a newspaper or tune-in to TV news without reading or hearing about the latest effort by Democrats to bring down our duly-elected 45th president, Donald Trump. The vitriol that accompanies their efforts shows a level […]

Improving Our Communication Skills

Improving Our Communication Skills

The greatest challenge we have in our republic is avoiding consequences caused by polarized advocates who can’t hear each other.  The screaming from the extreme is so loud the middle can’t hear a clear message or see a clear path, even when we have a middle of the road compassionate leader, who is trying to […]

Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

This past week found your correspondent not home in Edgefield County, but rather working and visiting in Washington, DC. As a faculty member at Augusta University, for the past several Junes I have attended the annual conference of the American Association of University Professors held here in DC. The discussions are interesting to me, sharing […]