Democracy in Troubled Times

Democracy in Troubled Times

It seems that each week this summer brings news of more troubles, more examples of man’s inhumanity to man. This past week was no different, with mass killings in the beautiful French Riviera; an attempted military coup in Turkey, a NATO ally, with perhaps a thousand dead; and in our own country the killing of […]

“Make America Safe Again!”

“Make America Safe Again!”

As a sponsor of the 2015 National Security Action Summit in Columbia, South Carolina, I am thrilled that Donald Trump started this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland with the theme “Make America Safe Again!”  National Security is the number one issue facing our republic and we need a strong president who understands that! My readers […]

Headed to Cleveland

Headed to Cleveland

  I am honored to be representing South Carolina’s Third Congressional District as an alternate delegate at the Republican National Convention starting Sunday.  While I believe selecting the right leadership to be our Commander in Chief is critically important, I believe there is another, more important event taking place in Cleveland this weekend – The […]

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Last week was a tragic week, one which reached its nadir with the murders of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officer, Brent Thompson, and four members of the Dallas, Texas, police force: Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith. We prayed for all five in our Episcopal Church of the Ridge this […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor In consideration of the horrific murders of police men in Dallas, I realize I need to thank Sheriff Dobey and all the police departments of Edgefield County for serving and protecting us all, Thank You and Your Families. A thank you goes out to Robert Scott and his article in this […]

Fatherhood Part 4; Fatherhood and Independence – Cue’d up

Fatherhood Part 4; Fatherhood and Independence – Cue’d up

This is part four in a four-week series on the non-respecter of person issue, fatherhood. Honestly, four 500-word essays aren’t adequate to convey all my thoughts relating to this critically important subject matter, and its relevance to our civil society. Last week, heading into Independence Day weekend, I focused on the challenges our nation faces […]

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 […]

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