When Chief Eddie Driggers retired, Mayor Keith Summey had the brilliant idea to forego a national search and instead promote Burgess. He was a great pick. Which is why Gov. Henry McMaster last week nominated him to lead the state Department of Public Safety.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently declared that “we are experiencing the brain death of NATO.” He made this remark in support of long-standing French policy favoring a more united Europe less dependent for its security on American leadership and protection.

Have you noticed? From Hong Kong to Baghdad, Paris to LaPaz, 2019 is shaping up to be, as The New York Times dubbed it, “the year of the protest.” Violent — and often deadly — anti-government protests are breaking out throughout the world in an unprecedented fashion, in rich countries as wel…

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It’s too bad Graham’s up for reelection at the same time as the president because our senior senator keeps getting dragged into national affairs. These days, he catches grief wherever he goes — just for trying to keep his job in trying times.

For all the sound and fury surrounding climate change, there has been surprisingly little attention given to the benefits of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in reshaping the energy industry and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Were Archibald Rutledge alive today, I picture him hosting a dinner at his Hampton Plantation on the Santee surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest. That dinner might include Havilah Babcock, Henry Edward Davis and Charley Dickey. These fine scribes of Southern sporting life lived a…

There are hidden costs to earning a diploma, much the same way there are hidden costs when a person buys a car or a house. Unforeseen expenses sneak up on a person and, like any big-ticket purchase, should factor into a person’s decision on where to attend college.

In June 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate and uttered those iconic words that shook the world: “General Secretary Gorbachev … come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate … Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” They had been repeatedly…

The United States was founded by people seeking relief from an oppressive political and economic system. Three stunningly prescient documents — the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights — made it clear that newly minted Americans valued the pursuit of happ…

President Donald Trump issued an executive order last month aimed at protecting and improving Medicare. As the U.S. patient population ages, this order is a positive step toward ensuring increased access to high-quality anesthesia care and enabling certified registered nurse anesthetists to …

Just in time for the holiday season, moviegoers are being treated to “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as the late, great Fred Rogers. Also, HBO’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time.

Public school educators in South Carolina are working very hard to improve outcomes for students. And they are inundated by well-intended programs and reform efforts to “fix” our schools — in literacy, mathematics, career education, early childhood development and certainly STEM, to name jus…

Last month, the U.S. Postal Service announced the retirement of Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. The announcement came prior to the release of the service’s 2019 financials and amid the waiting game for the agency to release its long-overdue business plan.

Uncertainty still surrounds the South Carolina music scene, particularly for the state’s performers and the businesses that play their music. Thankfully, Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has taken note and is working to fill in the gap.

Just as Reconstruction held the promise of equal opportunity and full citizenship for all citizens of the United States, so too did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 hold the same promise. Both periods were followed by brief civil and social gains of our oppressed citizens, only to be thwarted by…

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