Opinion

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Rx for success: early reading

Businesses can only compete if we have a ready and able workforce, which means South Carolina has a lot of work to do. Reach Out and Read Carolinas is committed to reducing our high rate of adult illiteracy, which starts with increasing access to effective early childhood education.

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Here’s how you can keep your heart healthy

In 2015, heart disease was once again our leading cause of death in South Carolina. It killed 10,034 of us, and accounted for 50,167 hospitalizations, running up a cost of more than $3.2 billion. This is truly a burden we cannot afford. And it is avoidable.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

What a difference an amendment can make

I DON’T KNOW that removing legislators’ secret veto power over the governor’s appointments to the state Transportation Commission gets us any closer to the “last resort” that Henry McMaster has set as the standard for raising the gas tax. But it ought to make the House’s road-improvement bill more attractive to the new governor.

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How liberals undermine food stamps

A new report commissioned by the US Agriculture Department found that SNAP households spend 20 percent of their benefits, typically about $255 per month per household, on sweetened beverages (both sodas and non-fizzy drinks), desserts, salty snacks, candy and sugar.

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How to build paranoia

An Atlantic magazine article by Washington journalist David Frum frets about a coming autocracy engineered by President Donald Trump, and the amazing thing is that the author did not notice the past eight years. It’s as if Noah’s Ark had finally landed, and the understood message was that a flood was only now on its way.

Letters to the Editor

Black history is America’s history

February is the month when African-Americans’ contributions to our nation and world move from obscurity to the forefront. For some, Black History Month is a rude awakening to the fact that African-Americans have been an integral part of America’s history.

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Trump’s ‘fine-tuned machine’ is going haywire

President Trump is flailing like a man who fears he’s about to go under, and he hasn’t even been in office a full month. The administration faces two acute, interlocking crises: serious questions about his campaign’s contacts with official and unofficial representatives of the Russian government, and appalling levels of dysfunction in the White House that make self-inflicted wounds the rule rather than the exception.

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

Chad Holbrook recaps series with UNC Greensboro 3:26

Chad Holbrook recaps series with UNC Greensboro

Irmo's R.J. Gunn hits game-winner against West Florence 0:21

Irmo's R.J. Gunn hits game-winner against West Florence