If these old knees will bend …

If these old knees will bend …

When the National Football League player, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, first dropped to one knee when the National Anthem rang out at the start of a professional football game, I noted the debate that erupted regarding his actions and found it mildly interesting. Kaepernick, like many others in the African-American community – […]

Mentoring Across Generational Lines

Mentoring Across Generational Lines

Last week I wrote about Echo Chambers, (http://www.edgefieldadvertiser.com/2017/10/echo-chambers/) and how difficult it is sometimes for individuals to break outside of the sounding boards they feel most comfortable.  I shared “It is almost as if millions of American are being trained to hear what the other side is saying, before the other side even opens their […]

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

A few weeks ago this column addressed the draft American Health Care Act, the most recent “Trumpcare” attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act with one that for many was less caring and less affordable. It cited 34 religious organizations opposed to Trumpcare who had joined in a successful effort to prevent its passage in […]

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month (An essay well worth reading to the Young Ones in the Family.) A Hero in There…. By: Laura Taylor, author of E.E.Otter & Bullfrog Bullies Maybe you’ve noticed the way the girls turn their backs on her and laugh as she approaches her locker. Maybe you’ve seen the look […]

Echo Chambers

Echo Chambers

Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the divisions in our country.  Divisions which quite honestly, we see becoming vitriolic, in some cases almost demonic, on both political spectrums of the nightly news.  Both sides, I believe, benefiting from our national divisions.  Both sides, creating echo chambers, where tens of millions […]

Refugees and Immigrants

Refugees and Immigrants

National news and increasingly bizarre national politics seem to bombard our lives, not only for the growing numbers who use social media but for the rest of us who read newspapers and watch or listen to news broadcasts. It’s easy to say, “That doesn’t affect me. I’m just going to turn it off.” That would […]

Thinking about the NFL and the Emmy’s 

Thinking about the NFL and the Emmy’s 

As I have written before, it was the financial bailouts of 2008, during my season of working in branch banking, that I was shaken out of my slumber.  Over the course of the next three years, the walks I took with my bride ceased to simply be walks in the neighborhood and nature trails, but […]

Edgefield, North Augusta, and Hamburg

Edgefield, North Augusta, and Hamburg

Readers of this column will remember previous OpEds about the vanished town of Hamburg, S.C., its history especially around the Reconstruction era, and its ties to Edgefield. What was once Hamburg is now within the city limits of North Augusta, adjacent to the old Fifth Street bridge; it was part of Edgefield County until Aiken […]

Remembering the Restoring Honor Rally

Remembering the Restoring Honor Rally

This was written on Monday August 28, 2017. On this day 7 years ago, I woke up in Washington, DC after spending the previous day attending a conference with many other UNdivided Americans from all around our republic. As a group, we either took buses or walked down to the Lincoln Memorial, where we joined […]

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 […]