Opinion

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What happened to conservative optimism?

The conservatism of Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley Jr. and Ronald Reagan was about ideas, not emotion and exclusion. Reagan, whom the modern right likes to claim as one of its own, was an optimist. Today, conservatism has become known in the eyes of many for what and who it is against, not what and who it is for.

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Depressed by politics? Stop staring at phones

My wife and I decided to take advantage of the spring-like weather this week and head for the beach. Foot traffic was so thick on the boardwalk that we could move only at a sluggish pace. We didn’t care. We were there to look at the dark, beautiful winter water, gently lapping up close, frothy further out. Visually, we drank our fill.

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The national death wish

The new Republican position is that if we reduce the number of low-skill immigrants coming into the country, that will reduce the pool of labor, put upward pressure on wages and bring more Americans back into the labor force. It seems like a plausible argument. That is, until you actually get out in the real world.

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Trump and the ‘Madman Theory’

Donald Trump’s foreign policy is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. The commander in chief, on the other hand, is quite the opposite: inexperienced, untraditional, unbounded. And thus far, this dichotomy looks, surprisingly, like it might have a chance of working.

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America’s predictable pension crisis

Some American disasters come as bolts from the blue — the stock market crash of October 1929, Pearl Harbor, the designated hitter, 9/11. Others are predictable because they arise from arithmetic that is neither hidden nor arcane. Now comes the tsunami of pension problems that will wash over many cities and states.

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
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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

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Blythewood vs Irmo highlights and postgame comments

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Blythewood celebrates first lower state basketball title