John S. McCain, III

John S. McCain, III

  Much has been written about the late Senator John S. McCain, the son and grandson of U.S. Navy Admirals of the same name, and much more will be written. He was a hero in life, an impetuous man whose life story was so unlikely as to be more fittingly a work of fiction, perhaps […]

“A New School Year!”

“A New School Year!”

This week I am thankful for all the school teachers and administrators who work diligently to raise up the next generation of students in our state and republic – many who are returning to school this week!  This is for those who teach and administer the homeschoolers, the charter schoolers, the private schoolers and the […]

Federal Tariffs and Local Effects

Federal Tariffs and Local Effects

  Tariffs have been in the news quite a bit lately, so here is a short tutorial about what they are and how they affect all of us across the country and particularly here in South Carolina. What is a tariff? The web site reference.com defines a tariff as “a tax imposed on goods and […]

We are not the enemy

We are not the enemy

To Our Readership We are the oldest newspaper in S.C. and we have battled so many times, over 182 years, to stay alive — sometimes of our own doing, other times the “undoing” coming from the outside.  Vicissitudes of this nature tend to keep one strong.   This newspaper stands for the right of a […]

Agriculture and the Greatest Generation

Agriculture and the Greatest Generation

  I answered last week, “Why Edgefield? Why Agriculture?   I shared our mid-life decision to move to rural Edgefield County, South Carolina and to promote Sustainable Agriculture. Included was a link to a 45-minute web-interview with Karen Hurd of WomanWize Healthy Living, discussing in greater depth our investment in agriculture as a long-term investment.  I […]

College Tuition 2018

College Tuition 2018

This week is the First Week of School, a time to reflect on the high cost of school at all levels but especially of public colleges and universities. Let’s look at in-state tuition at Clemson and the University of South Carolina. With only Winthrop University higher in cost among state public higher education institutions, Clemson […]

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 […]