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Jack DeVine’s column “The tyranny of pronouns” discussed the role of pronouns in contemporary English. Having taught high school English for 48 years, I am well aware of America’s pronoun problems.

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This is an attempt to explain the Gop-on theory of urban planning. The Gop-on Theory is difficult to explain and even more difficult to understand, so please bear with me.

If we are united on one thing it would be the reality of our division. There is no better example of where we are now than President Biden’s red sermon on Sept. 1, which made a striking case f…

During one of Biden’s latest rants he escalated his hate and vile by calling MAGA (Make America Great Again) supporters, or anyone who believes in the America First agenda, a “semi-fascist”. I…

Jack DeVine’s column in the Sept. 8 edition of The Aiken Standard was a good example of a person hearing something but not listening. Mr. DeVine referenced the president’s speech as the “Soul …

Nuclear submarines can remain stealthy, submerged and hidden indefinitely thanks to proprietary safe naval reactor fuel. The top secret documents found in personal possession at Mar-A-Largo ma…

The midterm elections are about seven weeks away and the polls are showing that the various races in aggregate are about equal. Yet, the chasm between the Republican and Democrats is widening.…

Late in August, the Aiken County Legislative Delegation allowed the presentation of the “Republican” Elections Integrity Report without simultaneously scheduling a response to that report by a…

Jack DeVine’s column on Sept. 1, celebrates Dr. Seuss’s "Horton Hatches the Egg" (1940) for conveying a “bedrock principle of American culture” that is fast “disappearing” because of President…

Sometimes a little thing can trigger a bigger response. The recent guest editorial “Legislature should take a big bite out of doughnut holes” illustrates the way governments continue to ratche…

A recent letter claims that under Trump the U.S. was prosperous and in control. The wealthy elite who received his $2 trillion tax cut certainly thought so. However those on the lower rungs of…

Having been a member of the Aiken Symphony Guild for years and attending most all of the concerts, I was very, very delighted with their opening performance. The new conductor, Scott Weiss did…

With the Aiken Symphony Orchestra's first season concert happening recently with their new maestro, Scott Weiss, to boot, I couldn't help but think back to my greatest night at the symphony.

It seems as though the overwhelming majority of Republicans view U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger as the pariahs of the party. In order to view Cheney and Kinzinger in this wa…

Jack DeVine’s columns are typically reasonable. He always attempts to promote a more conservative viewpoint yet appeal to some measure of compromise. His latest column “Voters will cut through…

I am a retired Naval officer. I am proud to be a member of the commissioning crew of the first ballistic missile submarine, the USS George Washington (SSBN-598).

I feel for us as a nation and individually. We feel we have to do it our way. This is our body and we should be able to do with it as we see fit, is the thought of many. We have let God down t…

President Joe Biden is expecting to enact the most costly (ever) executive order by canceling student debt and extending the moratorium on student loan payments for several more months. The pr…

There is an inconvenient truth. No, not the inaccurate and false documentary by Al Gore that claims we are all going to die if we do not address climate change. I am talking about the truth ab…

When I see an injustice or some indefensible act against a person, I don’t stand by and do nothing, I write about it to let people know it is wrong.

As outlined in the Aug. 14 edition of the Aiken Standard, Representative Joe Wilson voted “no” on the Inflation Reduction Act. A portion of the bill allocates money to combat climate change.

It wasn't bad enough that Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which even the Congressional Budget Office admitted would indeed add to inflation, now he has pulled another bone headed…

Justice Alito wrote the majority SCOTUS opinion overturning Roe V. Wade, saying he could find no provision in the U.S. Constitution for a right to abortion. He should have asked where the Cons…

Liz Cheney says, “Donald Trump is a grave threat to our democracy.” Can someone please tell me how that is? We have been hearing that since he was elected president. Yet under his term the cou…

On Aug. 11, I started reading Kathleen Parker’s column titled “I’m a stranger in my own town.” She was writing about Charleston, and the changes that have happened there over the years. As I r…

I read the article in the Aiken Standard on Aug. 21 about Joe Cunningham’s visit to the Center for African American History Art and Culture. I was dismayed that the focus of the article was on…

Several years ago, Aiken was named Southern Living's "Best Small Town." I strongly suspect the charm of the downtown historic district was one of the deciding factors. A large portion of this …

A recent letter to the Standard argued that although you should not blindly trust the mainstream media, they usually get the truth out eventually, as about Watergate and ”Weapons of Mass Destr…

How do you feel about the state of the times and your personal human condition? We, as a country, are deeply divided on all sort of viewpoints and issues. We are waiting for Biden to unite us …

Moore’s Pond was about 100 yards long and 50 yards wide, and almost completely overrun with weeds, sticks and other debris. However, there was a small section toward the middle that looked pro…

The Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act strictly along party lines with 50 GOP senators opposed and 50 Democrats for, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote.

Have you heard the refrain “ready, aim, fire?” Our elected officials are more accustomed to aim, fire, ready. A good example is the heartbeat bill that was approved with hypersonic speed.

I am disappointed that the talks on the Project Pascalis for improvements of downtown Aiken have stopped for now. I was impressed by the well thought out plans which included revisions to acco…

My 2 cents on Project Pascalis is plain and simple. The City of Aiken is biting off too much at one time in my humble opinion. I was in favor of something being done to get the old Commercial …

Recently I have been reading an online publication named The Aiken Chronicles and if residents of Aiken have not checked this publication out they should. These folks have done a deep dive int…

For anyone concerned about the political direction in which our nation is headed they need look no further than to the fetid vapors rising from the CPAC conference ongoing in Dallas, Texas. Th…

Our government health agencies and mainstream media nowadays never seem to want to stop instilling unwarranted fear into the citizens. What better way to do that than to capitalize on a crisis…

While walking my dog Stela recently, we approached a small group of lawn contractors doing their thing. I say "approached" because before we got too very near them we stopped and reconsidered …

Each week I await Sen. Scott’s newsletters where he gives updates on his activities. It usually includes reports of writing a letter to the current administration complaining about something. …

Jack Devine’s column in the July 20 edition of the Aiken Standard is so misrepresentative of the facts that’s it’s hard to know where to begin. The title alone, “Circus Maximus: the Jan. 6 Inq…

Aiken’s Pascalis project presents a microcosm of a 21st century American problem. We have forgotten the art of compromise, a necessary tool in the success of any democracy.

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