Rebecca Vaughn of Mount Pleasant is the winner of The Post and Courier’s latest Golden Pen for her July 30 letter about bicyclists needing a safe way to cross the Ashley River and get around West Ashley.

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It takes a lot to get state officials to take back honors they never should have bestowed to start with, as evidenced by highway signs commemorating former politicians who went on to be convicted of buying votes and other federal crimes. But some things are beyond the pale, like allegedly so…

South Carolina manufacturers and farmers have a big stake in next month’s trade talks between China and the United States and the final outcome of their trade war. Their hope is that tensions can be resolved, China’s temporary retaliatory tariffs on American goods will be lifted, and sales t…

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Our state government’s influence on USC’s Board of Trustees should be proportional to the amount of funding the government supplies.

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Five hundred years ago, a Portuguese ne’er-do-well under the flag of a teenage king of Spain set forth with five ships determined to sail westward around a recently discovered South America to the famed Spice Islands (Indonesia) in the East and claim them for the Spanish crown.

Gov. Henry McMaster was explaining how tough it’ll be to find someone to run the S.C. Office on Aging since the Senate torpedoed his friend Stephen Morris, who had been appointed when the program was still part of the lieutenant governor’s office but who, under a law that took effect in Janu…

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The Trump administration should heed U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s warning that any peace deal with the Taliban that results in a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan would open the door to a return of terrorist groups that target the United States and lead to a surge in internat…

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In response to the Aug. 8 Post and Courier editorial, “What USC trustees should learn from Caslen’s selection as president,” we agree with your statement, “It should never be the job of the hired hands to dictate a school’s president,” the hired hands in this case being Parker Executive Search.

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Venezuela’s deepening misery (“Capital in Dark,” P&C, July 23, 2019, A5) has been reported with increasing frequency in the last 24 months, and this is no surprise to those of us who have monitored the country’s decline over more than a decade. According to United Nations Office on Drugs…

Will common sense and a national urgency finally transcend frustration and futility, moving lawmakers to act? Or will we soon enough notice once again that the demand to “Do something!” gradually fades with time and slow-walking and double-talking policymaking?

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The son-in-law of S.C. Senate powerhouse Hugh Leatherman was back in the news this week, first receiving house arrest and probation for obstructing a federal investigation and then – you just can’t make this stuff up – being arrested for soliciting prostitution.

When a South Carolina Electric & Gas crew destroyed an active osprey nest atop a power pole in Mount Pleasant more than a year ago, federal wildlife officials sheepishly explained that the utility wouldn’t face punishment because rules under the Endangered Species Act were being rolled back.

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