Opinion

Cindi Ross Scoppe

No passport? No military ID? You could soon be grounded

It’s hard to imagine how anyone who’s worried about terrorism — or even illegal immigrants who are not terrorists — could object to the idea that it ought to take more ingenuity than that of a college fraternity to counterfeit the IDs that we use to board planes and walk around on military bases and nuclear facilities. And yet, South Carolina objected. We could soon pay a price for that.

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Jobless by choice, or pain?

The work ethic is such a central part of the American character that it’s hard to imagine it fading. But that’s what seems to be happening in one important part of the labor force. Among men 25-to-54 — so-called prime-age male workers — about one in eight are dropouts. They don’t have a job and, unlike the officially unemployed, aren’t looking for one.

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The boondoggle of infrastructure spending

History has a sly sense of humor. It caused an epiphany regarding infrastructure projects — roads, harbors, airports, etc. — to occur on a bridge over Boston’s Charles River, hard by Harvard Yard, where rarely is heard a discouraging word about government.

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The deadly disease we won’t discuss

If you are an American man, you will probably die at least two years and two months earlier than men in other high-income countries. Men in Australia and Iceland live into their 80s. American men, on average, die at 76. Why? It’s not heart disease or cancer. It’s mostly a combination of three things. We can talk about two of those things, car crashes and drug overdoses, but it’s difficult to have a discussion about the third and biggest contributor to the shortened lives of American men: guns.

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Dancing in a hurricane

Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union followed by Donald Trump’s election in the United States constitute a single giant political event that makes 2016 a vintage year in history. Big political events have big causes. For the past three years I’ve been working on a book about what’s been happening beneath the surface that’s roiling politics in so many places. My answer begins with a question: What happened in and around 2007?

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Stop the coming festival of obstruction in Senate

Many Republicans who were skeptical, if not outright hostile, during the campaign are now suddenly on board with the Donald Trump win, having seen his appeal outdistance their own. Democrats, once they shake free from shock (and, we can hope, its accompanying insults of the president-elect and his voters), can be expected to armor up for battles they did not envision.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

New case, same lesson: We need random ethics audits

Former SC Sen Gary Cleary received a huge fine and reprimand because he couldn’t provide documentation to prove he spent campaign money legally — as state law requires. And frankly, the details in this case smell a lot like the case of then-House Speaker Bobby Harrell: a legislator reimbursing himself for what he said were official expenses, but providing vague explanations and no documentation.

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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

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VIDEO: Recent editorial cartoons by Robert Ariail

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