This week is National Small Business Week, a time to honor and support the local businesses that make Aiken the vibrant town we call home. Small business owners like myself have faced tough ch…

I witness daily how we wound up with the dysfunctional society that we have. The other day in a popular restaurant, I witnessed a family with a 2- and 4-year-olds. The 4-year-old was spitting …

Plumbers make sure that their piping repairs are leak-tight by testing them under pressure. Engineers pressure test vital nuclear plant systems to ensure public safety. And in everyday life we…

It did not seem possible that the Biden administration could more incompetent or demonstrate more ineptitude then Biden decided without a plan to withdraw from Afghanistan. This is such a deba…

Does anyone else in South Carolina see the irony and hypocrisy? The South Carolina legislature and Gov. McMaster want to ban all abortions in the state while refusing to impose either a mask m…

I am in agreement with the letters concerning trash pickup by a national chain in Aiken County. We have had problems for the past three weeks. We have spent over eight hours trying to solve ou…

I am proud of the Americans in uniform who are working under conditions of great danger and stress to evacuate U.S. citizens, green card holders, and Afghan SIV holders. They are a living test…

There is so much news that is repeated, edited, beat to death, full of truths and half truths that deplorables can not separate the wheat from the chaff. The more the heads talk the less we un…

As you climb the wide, well-worn steps to the U.S. Naval Academy’s magnificent Memorial Hall, the first thing you see is Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous battle flag emblazoned with the …

Once again, Michele Springsteen writes a letter-to-the-editor full of misinformation (Gerrymandering needs to stop now 8/25). Ms. Springsteen, a California Democrat transplant to Aiken County,…

Without a doubt, the best way for the U.S. to end wars is not to start them. Our withdrawal from Afghanistan is the huge news of the day/week/month. But, there are also the COVID-19 pandemic, …

I always thought I lived in a democratic republic – until, that is, I moved to South Carolina. I always thought my vote mattered and I subscribed to the belief of the Constitution’s promise of…

My trash receptacle was placed near road on Sunday night ready for Monday morning pickup. It is Wednesday evening and trash receptacle is still waiting for pickup. I called the number ... no l…

The fact that Aiken County representatives would censure Lindsey is crazy. It clearly says they don't care about the roads and bridges that fail the people of South Carolina daily. If I have t…

Social Security’s 86th birthday is Aug. 14, and as a retiree I know how important it is to our community. It helps seniors, persons with disabilities, widows and children who have lost a parent.

A few weeks ago I wrote a letter to the editor about Ms. Springsteen being misinformed about the infrastructure bill. But after reading the letter by Jim McGaughy about Trump and his supporter…

When we lived in rural England, my wife Peggy and I enjoyed attending local farm-country events. A favorite was the sheep-herding competitions.

Thank you, Sen. Lindsey Graham, for voting for the bipartisan infrastructure bill this week. Based on the goals published last June by the White House, it seems as if those goals have been acc…

Personally I do not believe there is liberty and justice for all in the American judicial system. However, one day I believe it will happen. When the Pledge of Allegiance was written, we as a …

By now, most people realize that the Biden administration welcomes the surge of illegal immigrants and has no intention of stopping it, despite what they may say. They believe that, eventually…

President Biden’s latest executive order calls for 50% of all cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. in 2030 to be “zero-emission.” Credit Biden for a push in the right direction – clearly, we…

Lately there seems to be an epidemic of people running the red lights at the intersection of Richland and Chesterfield. The other evening, two cars turned left from Richland onto Chesterfield,…

This is an appeal to our Aiken city management to better plan and control what is happening in our town. Don’t let it grow like cancer. Destruction is happening on Hitchcock Parkway in the nam…

COVID vaccines are a dumb thing to be political about. We are all suffering as a result of the increase in cases. Conservatives, wouldn’t you promote your party better by patriotic concern for…

Aiken County is one of the worst places in the U.S. in its response to the COVID pandemic. On the same day the Aiken Standard reported only 32% of our citizens were fully vaccinated, the CDC s…

One thing is for sure and certain and that is this: If you associate yourself with Donald J. Trump, there’s a strong likelihood that you’ll be charged, indicted and spend some time in prison. …

Jack DeVine is gaslighting us again. His article “Can we keep our democracy” asks a pertinent question, but what he should be doing is watching and listening to the testimony of the Capitol Po…

A recent Aiken Standard article discussed the S.C. Supreme Court decision that counties and cities cannot levy a fee for such items as road maintenance. They ruled that such fees are taxes and…

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