The Pope’s Visit

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – Our Vicar at The Episcopal Church of the Ridge, Father Tom DiMarco, will be on a well-earned vacation this week, and we were joking about who would substitute for him at church services. Since Pope Francis will be here in the U.S., perhaps he could be asked to fill […]

Hot Button Issues in South Carolina

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – Readers of this column know that I frequently write about “hot button” issues, issues that have widely varying opinions aired quite vocally in local, state, and national politics. Many of you also know that The Edgefield Advertiser’s website, , allows you to comment on those columns; whether you […]

Healing the Sick

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – There are four themes I’ve learned about in Church that I have returned to from time to time in this column: feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, caring for our planet, and healing the sick. The budding election season is sure to highlight healing the sick, so it’s time […]

Second Amendment Wrongs

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – Those of us old enough to remember a High School course named “Civics” no doubt read, studied, and discussed in class the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Adopted along with the rest of the Bill of Rights in 1791, it is short enough to quote the whole thing: […]

Letters to the Editor

To the Community: The Merriwether Fire Department would like to say thank you for the generous giving during our MDA boot drive Saturday morning.  We collected over $3100 in three hours at two locations on Martintown Road and Sweetwater Road.  It’s nice to live in a community of people who are so willing to give […]

Pro-Life or Pro-Choice? Where Do We Go From Here?

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – The controversy behind those two choices is not a new one, and it certainly didn’t either begin or end with the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in Roe v. Wade, a decision that has now stood for 42 years. Many deep moral and religious arguments swirl around the court’s decision, […]

Why Should We Close Gitmo?

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – As President Obama completes his final two years, several threads are coming together. Two of them are efforts to move “terrorists” presently held at the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay (“Gitmo”), and reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in over fifty years. Gitmo is, of course, […]

Southern Hospitality Had No Meaning

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: Thank you for your kind article in your July 29, 2015 edition chronicling our visit with the Norrises. It started a few years ago on Flickr with a simple appreciation for each other’s photos. Both of us trying to make our love for photography into something beyond a mere […]

Coming to Terms with our History

Opinion – By Bettis C. Rainsford, Sr. – The shooting of nine African-Americans in an AME Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015 by a 21 year old Columbia man who had posted photographs of himself with a Confederate Flag and a manifesto announcing white supremacy views has led to a remarkable transformation of public […]

College Tuition, Student Loans, and Sticker Shock Revisited

Opnion  – By Robert Scott – As was the case last summer, I’m writing this week from a meeting of the American Association of University Professors, this time hosted by Denver University and funded by the professors themselves. And as was the case last year, one of the biggest issues under discussion is the “sticker […]

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