Independence Day Week

Independence Day Week

Our Episcopal Church parish serving Edgefield and Saluda Counties is a small one, with a history of outstanding priests. Unfortunately, that sometimes means that our Vicar gets the call from the diocesan Bishop to serve at a larger parish than ours, leaving the Church of the Ridge to conduct yet another search for new parish […]

Fatherhood Part 3; Fatherlessness Creates Dependency

Fatherhood Part 3; Fatherlessness Creates Dependency

This is part three in a four-week series on the non-respecter of person issue, fatherhood.  Week one (linked in online version) I shared the privilege I have of being the fourth generation in my family to sit on the same porch – to ponder all that life has to offer: the joys and sorrows, sickness […]

Letter to the Editor – Edgefield County Theatre Company

Letter to the Editor – Edgefield County Theatre Company

In the interview for the article addressed in the letter below (ECTC in Limbo, June 15 Advertiser), both the reporter and editor clarified with the interviewees the intent of the article. The intent was to address the necessary change of venue for the theatre and how they were managing that. The reporter brought up interviewing […]

Driving to Washington, DC

Driving to Washington, DC

One of the many benefits of a (third) career as a college professor is being able to decide what to do during the summer months. One can teach during a short summer term and get paid for that, or one can opt not to teach and not get paid for that. Since there are considerably […]

Fatherhood, Part Two

Fatherhood, Part Two

This week I continue the theme that most of life’s issues are “non-respecter of person issues.”  In particular, I want to discuss being a dad vs. being a father. This is part-two of a four-part series on Fatherhood. I believe there is a vast difference between being a dad, and being a father. There are […]

Integrity

Integrity

One of my favorite politicians of a generation ago was Alan Simpson, the Republican Senator from Wyoming. Like all public figures, sometimes he said things and voted in a way that I wish were different, and at other times he seemed to me to be spot on. One statement of his that bears repeating in […]

Fatherhood, Part One

Fatherhood, Part One

I have the privilege of sitting on a porch my great-grandfather sat on as our republic prepared for WWI. The same porch my grandfather sat on as he lived through the depression and our republic prepared for WWII.  The same porch my father sat on as he worked through the issues of the Cold War. […]

Following Up

Following Up

This week’s column follows up on two columns from the May issues of The Edgefield Advertiser. The first topic is easy to describe: a correction from last week’s article about the June 14th Primary election. I mentioned that every registered voter may vote in that election, regardless of political party affiliation, and that there is […]

Reflecting on The Normandy Invasion

Reflecting on The Normandy Invasion

This week is the 72nd anniversary of the Western Allies Invasion of Normandy. According to The National WWII Museum, total military dead from WWII is over 15 million. Civilian dead estimates are 45 million.  Over 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed during the Normandy invasion.  An extremely heavy price was paid for the liberty achieved for […]

Open Primary – State Senate

Open Primary – State Senate

I hope that the readers of The Edgefield Advertiser are enjoying the political columns on this page and are thinking about the issues that Scott Cooper and I have been bringing up. Our perspectives are different, which is why the Editor has invited us both to write. One issue we have both written about is […]