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The recent Post and Courier editorial appearing in the Aiken Standard opines on education choice again. Oh dear, that’s the worst news since Andy Taylor learned that Aunt Bea was headed back to the kitchen to make a double batch of her “kerosene cucumbers.”

Those of us who grew up in the ’50s watching live television (on the handful of channels then available) will surely remember "To Tell the Truth." Each week, a panel of four celebrities would interrogate three contestants, all three of whom claimed to be the person who had had accomplished s…

You’ll hear plenty in the next few months about the really dumb ideas legislators took to the Statehouse this year, because legislators who have dumb proposals tend to be the most vocal. And you’ll hear a lot about the good and bad ideas legislative leaders have made their priorities, from c…

The new year has just begun. It could be a time to rethink things and act differently – especially if what we tried in the past didn't work. Can our politicians start thinking outside the box? As someone once said, “The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing but expecting a d…

When writing advertising copy, I sometimes find myself desperately searching for a zinger of a tag line – and settling for trite admonitions such as “Make this the best hunting season ever” or “Make this the best summer vacation ever.”

As this year comes to a close, it is a time to reflect on past achievements as well as to consider new goals for the future. Readers have been informed of the many accomplishments of Keep Aiken County Beautiful in previous articles. Today’s article will describe the achievements of the last …

One of my fondest childhood memories of Christmas in the 1970’s was riding around in the family station wagon, “Bessie,” to look at Christmas lights while I whined to my parents about needing a snack – again. There was something magical about a familiar evening landscape transformed to a rad…

I wonder if the public a century ago realized that Henry Ford was not just making cars – and money – he was building an industry that would employ millions and underpin the nation’s economy for decades.

December is a holy season for Christians and Jews, as well as for some people of other religions and people of good will. This is – or should be – a time of joy and hope. We should take off our old clothes of fear, anger, hate and violence, and replace them with new clothes made of peace, ju…

It’s an avalanche – violence of every kind, in every place, over and over. Surely, we’ve all noticed – but we seem to be looking the other way, not facing up to it.

The practice of reading has significant benefits for the young and the old. Reading the daily papers (as one example) can effectively stimulate brain cells, slowing down – or even stopping – mental decline.

You've probably heard it said that elections have consequences. But what are the consequences of the 2022 midterm elections? First, let's look at what happened. The Democrats retained a one- or two-vote majority in the U.S. Senate, and the Republicans gained a six- to nine-vote majority in t…

On July 1, 1776, America’s future was very much in doubt. After months of deliberation, the Second Constitutional Congress was deadlocked on the crucial decision to sign and promulgate their Declaration of Independence. That night, delegate Caesar Rodney rode all night on horseback from Dove…

When it comes to sappy holiday movies, you either scorn them as you would another pair of reindeer-themed socks, or you eagerly binge on offerings such as “My Southern Family Christmas,” produced by Hallmark and described thusly:

Republicans, reckoning with the wreckage from last week’s midterm elections, probably feel like South Floridians walking around the morning after Hurricane Ian, eyes like saucers. Did that really happen?

This is a big week – mid-term elections on Tuesday, and then Veterans Day on Friday. Both have real bearing on American democracy, a topic very much on Americans’ minds these days.

Murphy’s Law being what it is, whether you’re talking about a surprise party, a romantic getaway or visiting an acquaintance in the hospital, good intentions don’t always pan out.

While nothing is certain (I’m writing this column one week before the mid-term election finale), it seems highly likely that the GOP will regain majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives and quite possibly the Senate as well. If so, how will they handle their resounding victory?

Editor’s Note: Long-time syndicated humor columnist Tom Purcell has just launched a new, second weekly column, called Thurber’s Tail. It features pet advice, humorous pet videos and stories about his beloved pup, Thurber the yellow Lab.

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