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Let us now praise famous teachers

​We are public school teachers. That word ‘public’ comes from the Latin word ‘publica’ and means ‘of the people.’ Our students and their families are truly of the people — not just the people from our small corner of South Carolina but people of the whole wide world. We are, too. We are of the people for the people.

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How nuclear opponents paved the way for SC law

During the 1980s, it became evident that nuclear power opponents could markedly increase the ultimate cost of a nuclear station by forcing it to pile up interest, which accrued even while construction was halted by legal maneuvers. This made the station so expensive that even if it was completed, it would not be economical to operate.

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Columbia mayor: ‘We made our downtown a true destination’

Columbians have great reason to be proud of their Main Street. Working together, we have accomplished what many said was impossible: We have made our downtown a true destination. Main Street no longer shuts down at 5 p.m. but remains alive and vibrant with a world-class museum, art galleries, restaurants, a fantastic independent movie theater, cafes, bars and retailers all now bustling to meet the needs of tourists, Midlands citizens and, yes, thousands of downtown residents.

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How could anyone not denounce this hatred?

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the ‘one-drop rule,’ codified into law, asserted that anyone who had just one drop of African-American blood was black. I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the ‘white nationalists’ who caused havoc in Charlottesville Saturday a DNA test to determine their racial makeup.

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Eclipse fever offers a great way to show off Columbia

Eclipse fever has overtaken us in the Midlands. And it’s a very fine fever — one that provides a platform for learning more about our universe, for developing a sense of shared wonder and excitement in our community and for offering an avenue to boost our local pride and economy — to show off our city to the projected hundreds of thousands who will travel to Columbia for the big event.

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The art of the nuclear deal? Or ‘Producers,’ nuclear edition?

As I listen with disgust to the details surrounding the VC Summer nuclear debacle and learn more about how SCE&G customers will not see a refund in the $1.4 billion they’ve already paid and will be on the hook for at least $2.2 billion more to cover the cost of this colossal failure, I can’t help but think about Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers.’

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Sanctuary cities or Wild West hideouts?

Threats by the Trump administration to hold back federal money from cities that harbor illegal immigrants show some promise. In July, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new immigration compliance requirements for federal grant programs, including mandates that state and local entities allow federal immigration access to detention facilities and provide 48 hours’ notice before releasing an illegal immigrant wanted by federal authorities. If states comply, they get the grants. If they do not, they get nothing.

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Despite resistance, let’s make voting fraud harder

The Trump administration wants to check up on voter fraud possibilities in the United States, and the states have talked about invasions of privacy, which is nonsense, have insisted there is no fraud, which is nonsense, and Democrats have snarled about suppressing votes, which is nonsense.

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5 ways the guardrails held against presidential recklessness

A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even as the cocksure sycophant’s gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar.

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‘Our history’ and ‘our symbol’? No, Ms. Templeton. Yours.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton declared herself ‘South Carolina born and raised,’ ‘proud of our history’ and ‘proud of the Confederacy‘ and bemoaned the fact that ‘a bad man took our symbol and turned it into hate.’ What she’s actually proud of is heritage, not history, and I don’t embrace that heritage.

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North Carolina and South Carolina schools get a C-

Education Week, a nonprofit education industry newspaper that publishes these grades annually, recently have North Carolina and South Carolina a grade of C-.
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North Carolina and South Carolina schools get a C-

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NY family drove 20 hours for 'super dark' 2017 total solar eclipse at SC State House

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SC State House crowds cheer solar eclipse

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2024 solar eclipse will be longer, closer to East Coast