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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.

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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.

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Neil Gorsuch steals the week

Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president. Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a president whose first 60 days have left him with an approval rating under 40 percent and persistent questions about his stability.

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Putting things in perspective: monuments, basketball and a flag

On Saturday a large, diverse crowd gathered on the grounds of Penn Center in Beaufort County to dedicate the recently established Reconstruction Era National Monument. It was the culmination of a 17-year effort by hundreds of faith leaders, business people, professors, students, community activists and history buffs. It was also one more step toward a better understanding of who and what we are as a state and nation.

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Making Medicaid great

Unless we act, Medicaid increasingly becomes another mechanism by which government skews spending toward the old and away from the young. In the raging debate over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), this is a subject that neither Republicans nor Democrats dare touch. It’s an ominous omission.

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A bellicose budget in Trump’s own image

President Trump’s first budget is an attempt to reshape the federal government in his own image: crass, bellicose, short-sighted, unserious and ultimately hollow. If Congress were to accept these numbers, America would be made dumber, dirtier, hungrier and sicker.

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America’s longest war

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $1.4 billion to solve the persistent problem of poverty in central Brooklyn. If he wins legislative approval, Cuomo intends to spend the money on affordable housing, job training, anti-violence programs, recreational space, even obesity.

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Donald, have I got a deal for you

Donald Trump’s crisis has best been described as a “slow-motion Cuban missile crisis” — only the crisis-driver is North Korea’s bizarre despot, Kim Jong Un. If this crisis is not keeping you up at night, you’re not paying attention.

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A government frill that should be shorn

Although the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight.

Videos

Deebo Samuel talks football, hoops

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel talked Monday about getting on the Gamecocks basketball bandwagon and about quarterback Jake Bentley.
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Deebo Samuel talks football, hoops 1:35

Deebo Samuel talks football, hoops

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

USC's Greatest Fans: Gamecock Jesus 0:59

USC's Greatest Fans: Gamecock Jesus