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Traveling along Maybank Highway on Johns Island may evoke the sense that rampant development has overrun this storied sea island. But a short detour along River Road or Bohicket Road gives a completely different impression. It quickly becomes obvious that Johns Island is still a place rich w…

South Carolina is home to some of the most innovative manufacturing companies in the world. But those companies — and our state’s entire economy — are only as strong as our people. And right now, South Carolina manufacturers need people. From small businesses to major brands, we’re hearing t…

On Oct. 4, three days after the U.S. Postal Service implemented degraded standards for first-class mail, ensuring delivery will be slower than in the 1970s, it announced it was getting into a new business: check cashing. The experimental service is taking place in Washington, Baltimore, the …

In many faiths, funerals are viewed as a celebration of life. So it was for the Honorable Judy McMahon whose funeral on Thursday was attended by many of her fellow judges, from the Family Court bench, the Court of Appeals and the S.C. Supreme Court, all wearing their black robes. Lawyers and…

“Save your Confederate money, boys, the South shall rise again” is an old Southern saying. And a good many Southerners saved lots of Confederate currency back in the day. Now, 160 years later, some of it is very valuable.

Divorce usually isn't a good idea, and that's especially true of a nearly 250-year-old continental nation. A cadre of apocalyptic writers on the right, who believe the country is too far gone to save, has become obsessed with a Secession 2.0 that would cleave red America from blue and allow …

Maybe Facebook can't be fixed. Did anyone ever think of that? As a whistleblower releases damning information, as Congress holds another hearing into the harm the company does, the implicit assumption is that the social-media giant can be reformed, that with the right combination of algorith…

I wouldn’t have thought it possible a few months ago, but, yes, 2021 is saying “hold my beer” to 2020 when it comes to curious behavior. Why do I say that? Because 2021 will forever be — among other things — the year a distressing number of Americans chose a dewormer formulated for animals o…

A former Facebook product manager's claims about the company's impact on American society has inflamed members of Congress and everyone else who holds a grudge against Big Tech. Particularly alarming is the allegation that Instagram, which Facebook owns, is wrecking the psyches of teenage gi…

The recent Gabby Petito saga has gripped much of our nation, and we still don't know much about this 22-year-old young woman and her tragic death. But this much seems clear: Gabby was involved in an unhealthy relationship that attracted the attention of police before her body ultimately was …

The Post and Courier’s excellent Rising Waters series makes one thing clear: The climate has changed, and it’s not good for your waterways. Nature designed our land and water to work together — flooding and draining — in balance to create a rich ecosystem capable of sustaining us and the fis…

A deadly plague continues to rage across America, and neither vaccines nor face masks nor herd immunity can stop it. The epidemic of drug overdose deaths has taken more lives than COVID-19 and is more intractable. But the Biden administration is showing a welcome openness to a new strategy.

It's one of the strange ironies of American politics. Few things are as politically polarizing as foreign policy, and yet it's on foreign policy where the differences between the parties are often narrowest. Indeed, viewed from abroad, our allies and adversaries often think that the biggest …

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