In his mind, Harry S. Truman’s famous desk sign motto, “The buck stops here!” defined a president’s responsibility. “No one else can do the deciding for him,” he explained.
A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that COVID-19 vaccinations may have helped prevent roughly 6,300 new COVID-19 infections and 800 deaths among seniors i…
Britain’s rumpled Prime Minister Boris Johnson has plenty of reasons to fear the press.
Communities like ours are seeing dollar signs on the horizon.
We’ve all probably heard the alternate definition of the word “insanity:” doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.
Redistricting and gerrymandering aren’t sexy.
Many locally know of Eutaw Springs battlefield and its importance in the Revolutionary War for American independence. What transpired in the Southern colonies and in particular in South Caroli…
A thought-provoking proposal was presented to the Aiken County Council’s ad hoc committee last week on how to spend part of the nearly $33.2 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.
The debate about voting and voting laws in the United States is truly more about partisan politics than objective analysis. A common refrain is that every American should have the right to vot…
Remember when Aiken County residents were lining up by the hundreds at vaccination clinics back in late winter and early spring?
There was plenty of good news in the most recent litter survey conducted by Keep Aiken County Beautiful.
Summer has officially arrived. We’ve already seen the impact of the weather, in terms of both seasonal storms and a tropical system. But summer brings another unpleasant reality that is due re…
Each Fourth of July, fireworks elicit plenty of "oohs" and "ahhs" as we look skyward for the brightly colored and loud displays of our patriotic pride.
Florida rarely leads the nation in progressive ideas. Last year, however, our state was at the forefront of a long-overdue movement to modernize college sports.
If the true measure of success is accolades, awards and achievements, then Dr. Sandra Jordan’s tenure as chancellor at USC Aiken was nothing short of spectacular.
Not unexpectedly, bipartisan talks on an infrastructure plan have proved to be complicated and contentious. Many Democrats are losing patience and urging their leaders to give up and go it alo…
South Carolina residents will be needing Real ID Act-compliant licenses to fly on airplanes, enter federal buildings or go into military bases. It is only because of the pandemic that the requ…
The Times and Democrat in conjunction with the Morning News of Florence reported extensively a week ago on the number of unfilled jobs in the state and the reason for the worker shortage.
The S.C. legislature officially requires maximum sunlight in government, as stated in the Freedom of Information Act, but officials often act as though it requires minimal disclosure.
Herd immunity from the COVID-19 virus is the place we want to be. The quickest and most efficient way of getting there is widespread vaccination.
While Memorial Day – traditionally the last Monday in May – has morphed into a time where we celebrate a day off from work, a chance to go boating or have cookouts with friends and families, l…
When reviewing the Town of Wagener’s checkered past on financial issues, one word comes to mind:
Have you ever heard the phrase “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” and immediately felt your rear end tighten up a bit?
Aiken is now unmasked.
It’s not hard to believe that most Americans do not favor efforts to defund police departments. But it comes as no surprise that a majority sees the need for reforms that will bring together p…
The Aiken Chamber of Commerce’s 103rd annual gala featured a little bit of everything Friday night.
In many aspects, it’s been a rough 13 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
One could certainly argue that the South Carolina Highway Patrol should have better things to do with its time than to set aside a special week targeting litterers along the state’s highways.
The fiery language surrounding states making changes in election laws reads a lot like some in this country want no election laws.
The attempt of the Republican right wing to exploit the cultural divisions of Americans may be cynical and unhelpful, but that does not mean the divisions are not very real.
Suddenly, or so it seems, South Carolina lawmakers want to make our state seem like it’s on the cutting edge and progressive, in step with the nation as a whole.
A potential crisis and a grave political embarrassment for the new administration have collided on the U.S. southern border. Migrant crossings, especially of unaccompanied children, have surge…
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster in 2017 declared the misuse of opioids a statewide public health emergency. Even though COVID-19 has gotten all the focus for the past year, the opioid emergency has n…
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the pandemic reaching our area, coronavirus-related news is coming at us in rapid fashion. Much of it has been good of late.
American governments, federal and state, have made many mistakes in the Covid-19 pandemic. But the great success – the saving grace – was making a financial bet in collaboration with private A…
History should never be forgotten, no matter how painful it might be.
Yes! It is Girl Scout Cookie time. But it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, if I’m out and about with my Girl Scout gear on, someone will always ask, “Hey, where are the Girl Scout C…
It’s no secret that Aiken County has a litter problem.
The acquittal of Donald J. Trump in his second impeachment trial raises serious questions about the stability of our democracy.
It’s no secret that COVID-19 has taken quite a toll on the economy. More than 10 million jobs have been lost in the United States alone since the pandemic began in March of last year.
One gift tucked inside the $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government spending bill Congress passed during Christmas week is a ban on virtually all surprise medical bills. No longer will ins…
In the last weekend of January, traffic fatalities in South Carolina were 12 more than at the same time a year ago. Already, 66 people have died on the state’s roads.
It’s an exciting time for Aiken County and its future involvement in the cybersecurity industry.
Amid all the gloom and doom to start the new year – and there has been plenty – there are some signs of good things happening around Aiken County.
Before there is a transfer of power after a contentious 2020 election, it’s safe to say that voting and voting rights will be issues again in the push toward midterm elections in 2022. In Sout…
If baseball had a Mount Rushmore for its greatest players, Hank Aaron would surely be on it.
The numbers paint a staggering picture of just how big a mess the coronavirus pandemic has become.
Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
It’s almost a daily occurrence that a popular local event gets canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.