Residents rely on their police department to keep them informed about apparent crimes in their area, so withholding basic information from the public sends the wrong message to people who need to know what is happening in their own backyard.

In youth sports, each season ends up with participation trophies handed out so everyone feels like a winner. In the Democratic presidential campaign, I propose to hand out participation trophies at the beginning so the sure losers can get out of the race immediately, if not sooner.

Although I was born and raised in the South, I never knew a soul who, in the tortured words of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, “put shoe polish on my cheeks, not a lot because that’s real hard to get off,” and pretended to be African-American.

Worries over election hacking have led officials in Europe and the U.S. to consider a return to hand-counting paper ballots. Switzerland, however, is moving in the opposite direction, toward absentee electronic voting. It's a useful way of keeping turnouts from falling, and the systems can b…

Once again you expressed hope our legislators will pass some kind of meaningful gun regulations. This is an unrealistic pipe dream because few of our politicians understand guns and gun safety adequately. That is why bills for extending background checks are simply “feel good” proposals.

Did the Feb. 14 letter writer miss The Post and Courier’s coverage of the Lady Gamecocks’ success in basketball? Coach Dawn Staley is still in the limelight. Even her shoes make the news. Or maybe the letter writer moved here after the men’s basketball team made the Final Four in 2017. There…

As we grow older, some of us feel the need to sit while reading, waiting for a bus or viewing an event.

It was no accident that the SCANA/Dominion merger was approved after the midterm elections. The Legislature depends on the short memory of the electorate. I can assure you the next rate increase request won’t occur until after the next elections.

There has been a lot of reporting lately about reductions in tax refunds and, in many cases, taxes being owed.

Everyone knows that Berkeley County, with its lakes, rivers and streams and rural farm and forest lands, is one of the most naturally beautiful areas in South Carolina. It is also one of the fastest growing and developing in the state.

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In a recent commentary in these pages, our friend Don Sparks highlighted several important strategies that the city of Charleston must implement to address vehicular parking if we are to be an affordable, successful and equitable community. He rightly pointed out that, “reduc[ing] the number…

It’s hard to believe but under South Carolina civil asset forfeiture law, police can seize cash or valuables they simply believe to be ill-gotten without ever charging you with a crime, then require you to prove at your own expense your innocence to reclaim the property. That’s unfair, undem…

I should be grateful to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for making my point for me. On Wednesday, I posted a column warning Democrats to be wary of the “uber-progressive wing” of their party. That very day, Omar demonstrated the dangers I was warning of by badgering and berating Elliott Abrams, th…

We live in a region that places much value on “precedent” when considering development and regulation because we fear that with one small misplaced step we could find ourselves at the bottom of a slippery slope. Well, on Feb. 12 County Council took a flying leap off that slippery slope by sh…

Lots of people have been finding out that their tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service are lower than they expected, or nonexistent. The average refund for the first two weeks of tax-filing season this year was down 8.7 percent from a year ago, the IRS reported Thursday, and the numbe…

I see where the number of job postings nationally has reached 7.3 million, the highest ever recorded. But then there are at least another 25 million baby boomers getting ready to retire. I guess they can fill all those jobs with 22-year-old college graduates.

There is a story about an emperor and a wardrobe malfunction. This malfunction allowed everyone to see him as he truly was. It appears that liberals, progressives or Democrats, whatever they call themselves today, have fallen victim to the same malady. They are out there for all to see, and …

Paul Waldman of The Washington Post had an amusing column in the Feb. 13 Post and Courier poking fun at our “need” for presidential candidates to eat our local food just like a native in order to prove that they’re “down with the people.” In it, he details Kirsten Gillibrand’s recent visit t…

Being a 73-year-old liberal in South Carolina is like being an endangered species. You’d think the word “liberal” was a four-letter word and never to be used in public.

"Let’s play a lightning round game,” begins Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in a recent viral moment, lambasting the lack of campaign finance regulations at a House Oversight Committee hearing.

After toying with the idea for weeks, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to deal with what he calls a “national security and humanitarian crisis” at the border with Mexico. The move is a patent abuse of power, and it will generate a raft of legal challenges. But thanks to a…

In retrospect, it seems obvious that President Donald Trump would want to have his cake and eat it, too. That’s essentially what he did Friday by both signing a government funding bill that provides $1.375 billion for a barrier with Mexico and also declaring a national emergency to allocate …

Anti-Electoral College advocates see a window of opportunity to eliminate America’s unique presidential election system. They are seizing the moment, working to implement change before anyone realizes what happened. They even think they can do it without a constitutional amendment.

One might suspect scientists of belaboring the obvious with the recent study called "Belief in Fake News Is Associated With Delusionality, Dogmatism, Religious Fundamentalism and Reduced Analytical Thinking." The conclusion that some people are more gullible than others is the understanding …

I find it disheartening that the Naval Hospital building will be destroyed. This community is already affected by climate change, and we should be aware of the enormous and unnecessary amount of additional CO2 this decision will incur.

Steve Chapman’s Feb. 5 commentary states that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz could draw attention to the massive amount of debt being rolled up by the federal government.

The proposed raise for teachers is a ruse. I’m a former teacher and agree that teachers deserve higher salaries. But that’s not the reason why education has stagnated here and around the nation.

South Carolina legislators should be commended for considering a bill that would prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving.

Your Feb. 11 article, “Keeping the faith,” by Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr., possibly glosses over deeper and more important issues.

In the run-up to the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the South Korean government is rushing ahead to prematurely relax pressure on North Korea, which could undermine our last chance to compel real denuclearization. The Trump administration risks following Seoul …

Measles was officially declared “eliminated” in the United States in 2000, meaning that the transmission of this infection was no longer endemic. Since then, measles has mostly occurred as outbreaks — either because of imported cases or among those who come in contact with these cases. And i…

I’m not surprised at the anti-Semitic remarks of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. This is not the first time she’s wandered into this territory, nor do I believe it will be the last. The way she apologized for these remarks is both weak and disingenuous.

It didn’t take long for Dominion Energy, SCE&G’s buyer, to set the stage for the possibility of rate increases. It’s bad enough that we have to see their repeated ads on TV and in print about how wonderful they are to us, the consumers, while we have no choice at all on who supplies us w…

 I was saddened to learn of the passing of Fred Stroble, but heartened by the article in the Feb. 12 edition of the paper celebrating his life.

I am writing regarding the Feb. 11 Post and Courier article about whether school shooting drills traumatize students.

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President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border raises lots of questions but has one clear purpose. As with the government shutdown in January, Mr. Trump has his eyes on the 2020 elections and is using the issue of border security to define a major difference bet…

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The Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention, the two largest religious bodies in the United States, are both embroiled in a crisis of trust.

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