Roads, Bridges, and the Price of Gasoline

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – This column a few months ago addressed how our highway infrastructure is presently funded: almost entirely by the highway fuel tax. Our state highway tax is 16.75 cents a gallon, where it has been stuck since 1989. With gasoline prices at the pump now near a 5-year low, Governor […]

The End.

Opinion  – By G. Miller Thompson – Sixteen months ago, just weeks before my nineteenth birthday, I emailed the editor of the Edgefield Advertiser and asked if she would be interested in publishing some thoughts from a young conservative. I had a lot to say and wanted a platform from which to say it. The […]

“Meriwether or Merriwether”

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: This is a belated response to your article “Meriwether or Merriwether” about the town of Meriwether, which I appreciated.  My name is Rebecca Meriwether; my grandfather was Dr. Robert Lee Meriwether, Chairman of the History Department at the University of South Carolina, and author of the Expansion of South […]

Freedom of Speech and Political Correctness

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – There have been several articles in the papers recently, about Political Correctness (PC) and Freedom of Speech. Those are two related but distinct concepts; recent events make it worthwhile to write about both. All of us were appalled by the recent murders in Paris and elsewhere, allegedly spurred by […]

Diversity: Is it Only Skin Deep?

Opinion  – By G. Miller Thompson – On Monday we celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. I am a fan of Dr. King. His public life and work in the Civil Rights Movement are inspirational. Dr. King epitomized the greatness of our country. He recognized the horrific injustice in race relations during his […]

Let’s Keep Our Town Beautiful!

Guest Editorial – By Bettis Rainsford – A decade ago the Town of Edgefield undertook its Main Street streetscape project in which the unsightly power lines on Main Street were put underground and trees planted. This project, which cost over a half million dollars, created a spectacular entrance into our town. The vista from the […]

Like Sheep to the Slaughter

Opinion  – By G. Miller Thompson – In a speech to army officers on March 15, 1783, George Washington told the men that if the freedom of speech were taken away then “dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.” Centuries have passed but Washington’s words hold the same truth today […]

“Truth, Justice, and the American Way.”

Opinion – By Dr. Mims Mobley –  It doesn’t seem like it has been 37 years since the late Christopher Reeve, starring as the superhero with red cape billowing, flew across theater screens in the first of four Superman movies; it was the blockbuster movie of 1978. One scene I vividly recall was just after […]

College Football, Tuition, and Taxpayer Dollars

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – I ran across an interesting article the other day about a retiring Congressman from Virginia – Rep. Jim Moran, Jr., D-Va. His father, Jim Moran, Sr., was a professional football player for Boston in the 1930s, and the congressman played at the college level in the 1960s. As his […]

Edgefield County Council Chairman’s State of the County Report

January 2, 2015 This special edition of the Edgefield County Chairman’s Update is a State of the County report. I committed to you that I would continue to communicate the County’s activities. This report, just like my other monthly newsletters, is designed to bring information directly to you. First, nothing the County does is possible […]

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