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  Russ Dean - Humanity: “There is so much good”   In this week’s pastors’ column for our church newsletter, I opened with these words: “It’s been a terrible week, another terrible week, in our country. Our democratic dysfunction is at an all-time high. Our divisions have never been more apparent,...
  “He’s not acting right,” said his mother, sitting on a chair beside her son in the emergency department of a rural South Carolina hospital. “He gets all upset, he yells out, he hits at me, then he just gets real quiet-like. It’s been happening a lot more lately. He just stares off, he doesn’t...
  Columbia – The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), the largest provider of telemedicine services in South Carolina, has set yet another benchmark in merging technology and quality healthcare, providing its 100,000th psychiatric service via telemedicine.  This award winning program...
Back before digital downloads there were compact disks and before that there were cassette tapes. In my home office sit more than 60 cassette albums, mostly classic country music. But I couldn’t play them because I no longer had a cassette player. Now you can’t just walk into the electronics store...
  Every good athlete must be adaptable. The grind of a full season requires adaptation to injuries, weather and environments. It takes a stable group of leaders to successfully guide a team through those transitions.  In 2010, when our Gamecock baseball team made it to the College World Series, the...
ELECTION - GUEST EDITORIAL: There’s More to Democracy than Voting    Right now, with the elections almost upon us (Tuesday, Nov. 6), the nation’s attention is understandably drawn to what happens in the voting booth. Yet as crucial as voting may be to making our representative democracy work, what...
ELECTION: The editor, To simplify some basic observations: There is a difference between interference and collusion by or between nations. Interference only takes one nation. Collusion requires two nations. Russia has and always will interfere! Bob Muller will attempt to keep the Special Counselor...
  Henry McMaster promises if we elect him governor on Nov. 6, he will put a police officer in every school in South Carolina. That sounds like a great idea and one I can get behind. But wait. Isn’t Henry McMaster already the governor? Didn’t he inherit the job when his buddy appointed our former...
  The persistent rumor on social media is that the winner of $1.6 billion - yes, that’s Billion with a B - works at ZF Transmissions in Gray Court. We may never know. South Carolina law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous. We understand why, but isn’t this a law that could lead to unintended...
Politics is more polarized than ever. Moderates that tried to see both sides of an issue have been replaced with radicals. President Donald Trump calls protesters against his policies a “mob,” and then holds campaign rallies that are pretty much the same thing. Each side energizes the base of the...

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