Why Edgefield? Why Agriculture?

Why Edgefield? Why Agriculture?

  I want to say again how grateful I am to Ms. Suzanne Mims Derrick for the opportunity to provide a weekly editorial to the Edgefield Advertiser, the longest continuous running print paper in the Palmetto State. I also want to thank her for her graciousness when I need to take a break.  I took the […]

Placing Religion Above Politics

Placing Religion Above Politics

The Episcopal Church (TEC) has a general convention every three years, and the most recent was just last month: from July 5-13 in Austin, Texas. TEC always seems to have profound issues to address and to work through, including in recent years recognition of women as Priests and Bishops and liturgies blessing same gender relationships […]

Letter to Editor  

Referencing Articles on Airports, July 18 Edition   Let me begin by thanking The Advertiser for the opportunity to speak to them through their correspondent about the Edgefield County Airport, Yonce Field, Trenton, S.C. and, in turn, have them introduce to their readers a local gem.    We would like to take this opportunity to add […]

Left, Right, or Center?

Left, Right, or Center?

This year, like most years recently, seems to be dominated by politics. At least during Party Primary season, Republican politicians seem to vie for the dubious honor of being seen as the Most Conservative or the Most Trump; Democrats vie to be noted as the Most Liberal or Least Trump. One has the impression that […]

Open Primaries 2018 – Wrap-Up

Open Primaries 2018 – Wrap-Up

  Now that the Primary Elections are over, it is time to close out the issue of Open Primaries for this year. To start with, the purpose of a primary election is not (as another columnist has claimed) to select party leaders; it is just to decide whose names will appear on the general election […]

Dear Editor,

I believe I was denied my right to vote in the June 12 Edgefield County Primaries. I was forced to decide between casting a vote for my county council representative or the Probate judge. Specifically, Kennion and Bibbs were on the democratic ticket and Anderson and Taylor were on the republican. The winner of each […]

Refugees and Immigrants

Refugees and Immigrants

Last fall the Edgefield Advertiser ran an OpEd about Refugees and Immigrants, and this week the issue has again made national news. Now as it was then, it is easy to say, “That doesn’t affect me. I’m just going to ignore it.” That would be wrong, in several senses. It would be incorrect, even here […]

Registration by Party, Part Two

Registration by Party, Part Two

    The title of my editorial last week was “Should Primary Elections be Decided by the Parties, Part One.”  If you missed it, it is online.  I hope you do read it, because I believe the issues discussed in this series are important and each part will build on preceding editorials.   http://www.edgefieldadvertiser.com/2018/06/should-primary-elections-be-decided-by-the-parties/.   […]

Early Voting

Early Voting

  Like most states, South Carolina has a “Get Out the Vote!” campaign each election. We can do better by not just talking about that but actually doing something about it. One disincentive to voting is holding elections on a work and school day, but there is only so much one state can do about […]

Should Primary Elections Be Decided by The Parties

Should Primary Elections Be Decided by The Parties

Part One   I hope Robert Mitchell Scott’s editorial last week, suggesting that Political Party Primaries, where prior to the general election in November, individuals seek their affiliated political party’s “nomination,” by first going through the party primary process, is placed online.  I believe it should be placed online, where all South Carolinian’s can comment, […]