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When we are deciding on a partner with whom to share our lives, we care about character. It’s not enough for the person to be good-looking, have a good job or be wealthy. We all know this. But lately, some have been suggesting that in politics, all that matters is that a person is willing to…

Democrats have lost the House of Representatives and, along with it, the chance to pass more of their preferred policies in 2023. This makes the lame-duck period before the January arrival of the new Congress their last opportunity to fully control Capitol Hill for a while. It's also a chanc…

Have you noticed formerly normal people now seem intent on telling you they’re living their best life? I can remember when that would’ve been followed immediately by, “And you can, too, if you sell Amway!”

Tourism in Charleston is always a balance between the visitor and the visited, between the quality of the visitor experience and the quality of life for residents of the visitor destination. Between those with vested economic interests in the tourism industry, and those without.

I was recently reminded of a profound truth about the free market and the prices that sit at its center. Unfortunately, this truth is often overlooked by both critics of the market economy and by economists like myself. This simple truth is that the price system works thanks to and only beca…

I recently learned something I hadn’t fully appreciated. Parents of Gen Zers told me their kids don’t want to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday because of our history with indigenous Americans. History has a long arc, and we have the opportunity along the way to learn and do better. With th…

It is well-researched and documented that gratitude, and its regular cultivation throughout one’s life, provides innumerable benefits. Gratitude is defined as many things — an emotion, a mindset, a behavior or practice and so on. It also means different things to different people.

Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. “Sparky” Schulz would have been 100 years old this Saturday. That his Peanuts comic strip is still in syndication nearly 23 years after his death is testament to our affinity to the characters: from when we feel like a loser (Charlie Brown), to crabby (Lucy Van …

After disappointing midterm election results for Republicans, many understandably pin the blame on corrosive figures such as former President Donald Trump. His losing record is impressive considering his cultlike persona appeal with MAGA voters. If Republicans finally learn to shed Trump and…

At this vital point in American history, it’s important to stop and consider where we are headed as a country and as a people. Some of the rhetoric and actions we see and hear are both damaging and dangerous. The signs of eroding democracy are everywhere. The rise in antisemitism is disturbi…

The voters have spoken, and the Beaufort County Council has a lot of work to do. On Nov. 8, four new members were voted onto the council and four were reelected. We welcome David Bartholomew, Tab Tabernik, Paula Brown and Tom Reitz to the council and look forward to working together to solve…

ERETRIA, Greece — The sites of horror — the places where mass murder happened — are seared into my memory. Holocaust sites such as the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz, or Kigali, where the Hutus butchered the Tutus, or the Falls Road in Belfast, where many died over the decades of strife.

If you think we’ve all gotten a little more hateful lately, you’ll find validation in the viral response to a happy lil tweet from Daisey Beaton, a newlywed who identifies as … nice. How dare she try to spread love and light through Elon Musk’s toxic Twitterverse?

GREENVILLE — Few South Carolinians know that red-light cameras were made illegal in the state in 2010. While the red-light camera ban may be in keeping with this state’s tendency to lean toward a “less is more” approach to the public road system, I don’t believe it’s for the better.

What used to be called conservatism in America is being replaced by right-wing politics that uses religion to legitimize itself. At the recent National Conservative Conference in Florida, the gloves came off, and this relatively new movement revealed itself fully. As NBC’s Allan Smith report…

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