Opinion

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Look, in the sky: It’s South Carolina’s future

Airports, airliners, jets, noise, the space shuttle and aircraft manufacturing are all a part of a broad aerospace industry in South Carolina, which needs educated, trained and skilled people to fly airplanes, become astronauts, maintain and repair aircraft engines, manage airports, discover new fuels and create designs for aircraft, engines and interiors. We do not have enough South Carolinians to do these jobs,

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Mr. President, the disgrace is all yours

Of course we’ve had presidents who lied — to name a few, Lyndon Johnson about Vietnam, Richard Nixon about Watergate, Bill Clinton about Monica Lewinsky. But the key word in these examples is ‘about.’ Other presidents had comprehensible though illegitimate reasons for lying about specific things. Donald Trump often lies for no discernible purpose other than to pump up his own fragile ego.

Letters to the Editor

Why humans need the humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities funds scholars, documentary filmmakers, universities, libraries, museums and archeological sites, all with 0.003 percent of the federal budget — the equivalent of someone who makes $50,000 a year spending $10. The endowment also helps support state-affiliated humanities councils, which in 2016 put on more than 55,000 programs and conferences across the country.

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American democracy: Not so decadent after all

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine: . The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives.

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The most powerful person in Washington

The director of the FBI will in a practical sense determine the legitimacy of our elected president. This makes Comey the most powerful person in Washington. It would be nice to blame the Russians for this sorry state of affairs, but really we can blame only ourselves.

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The public health crisis we can fix

Modern society is impossible to imagine without the automobile, yet it’s also one of the biggest destroyers of life. In the United States, crashes claim 1,000 lives every nine days. Last year, 40,000 Americans died, about as many as from breast cancer and more than twice as many as from murder.

Videos

South Carolina's Broken Roads: Senate's plan is a joke

Opinion writer Cindi Ross Scoppe weighs in on the Senate's roads plan. She explains how the plan will take money away from schools and other state funded agencies to fix the roads in South Carolina
South Carolina's Broken Roads: Senate's plan is a joke 2:10

South Carolina's Broken Roads: Senate's plan is a joke

VIDEO: Recent editorial cartoons by Robert Ariail 2:48

VIDEO: Recent editorial cartoons by Robert Ariail

Welcome home: South Carolina basketball players address fans 2:26

Welcome home: South Carolina basketball players address fans

Frank Martin tries to convince USC President Pastides to cancel class 3:14

Frank Martin tries to convince USC President Pastides to cancel class