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So here's my question: Let's say you're Attorney General Merrick Garland. Filing a criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump should be a fairly straightforward matter, even though conspiracy charges are notoriously hard to prove. After all, much of Trump's Jan. 6, 2021, attem…

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring large businesses to ensure their employees were vaccinated and tested.

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Years ago, I was at breakfast with a businessman. As we ate, our young server came by and asked us if we wanted some orange juice and said, "it's free."

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One more round of applause to Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota. He spoke out about the 2020 election. He correctly stated it was fair and was won by Joe Biden. It is hard to believe we have to congratulate people for stating the obvious, but that is where we find ourselves these days.

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As we embark on another year of celebrating the great life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I can't help but think about all the great achievements he and his followers accomplished.

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It's been so long since I've stood in line at a store checkout that I've forgotten the names of the tabloid rags on the "impulse buy" shelves, along with candy bars, lip balm, and condoms. OK, I do remember National Enquirer, but mainly because I know the company keeps a humongous insurance …

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While public schools shouldn't be forcing religious education down the throat of any child, having faith-based texts available in school libraries makes sense. A wide range of literary topics should be available to students, including religion, philosophy, politics, the classics, murder myst…

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Georgia Tuesday to push their party's bill to federalize U.S. election procedures on terms favorable to Democrats. "We are going right to the belly of the beast, or ground zero, for voter suppression, voter subversion and obstr…

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If patience is a virtue, the COVID-19 pandemic has made heroes out of many Cherokee County residents. Unfortunately, others have shown their true colors, and that's a palette from which no rational artist would want to paint.

My inner circle has kept me sane since this pandemic began. No matter our views or vaccine status, we’ve been there for one another. I know I’m fortunate, but I don’t know any different.

So here's my question: Let's say you're Attorney General Merrick Garland. Filing a criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump should be a fairly straightforward matter, even though conspiracy charges are notoriously hard to prove. After all, much of Trump's Jan. 6, 2021, attem…

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The latest data on COVID-19 brings both some good news and some bad, but if early indicators can be taken to heart, there's reason for optimism – not that the virus is dying out, but that the country may be turning a corner.

You may have seen the video on social media last week. Someone locally used a drone to fly over a wooded area near our “big box” stores. From that bird’s-eye view, multiple campsites were clearly visible. Also visible were piles of trash, some at active campsites and others that looked to be…

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The Biden administration has recommended reforms in oil and gas leasing. The idea is to limit public land area for energy development as a new White House report has said the Bureau of Land Management should focus only on areas that have moderate to high potential for oil and gas resources.

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This week, Jim Jordan reiterated that he will duck appearing before the Jan. 6 Investigation. Jordan texted the White House to call sides in the Trump-Pence divorce: “On Jan. 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, should call out all the electoral votes that he belie…

We all know how it is. You go to the store and make a purchase. Your items are bagged, and the cashier hands you a receipt – or you grab it yourself, if you're into self-checkout. And then, you stick the receipt into your jeans.

A persistent and pernicious infection is tearing through America as the new year dawns. But it's not called delta or omicron. It's not caused by a virus. And it cannot be prevented by wearing a mask or standing 6 feet away from the next customer at the grocery.

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A funny meme has made its way around social media over the years. It’s of a person looking panicked and asking someone if they had seen a group of people nearby, followed up with the words, “I’m their leader and they’re lost.”

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When you’re right and you’re “woke” to the left, you watched as polls closed around the country and votes for Biden continued to come in throughout the night of the 2020 presidential election.

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State Sen. Rob Standridge may have what he deems to be valid reasons for his bill aimed at censorship, but he's stepping onto turf where he doesn't belong.

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During the pandemic, we have seen job losses that reached 20 million or more. Our economy was shut down and crippled, and I often thought about what the answer would be to address the issues we were facing. Billions of dollars were thrown at the problem and it helped a bit, but there are sti…

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Roman Catholics, and members of mainline Christian denominations, know about Advent wreaths, which have now been stowed until the next season. They feature four candles, which are lit on consecutive weekend Mass days, until Christmas itself arrives. And Catholics get to celebrate Christmas a…

For the last year, we've heard one commentator after another tell us that American democracy is in crisis. The source of that crisis, we are told, is a hard core of the Republican Party that believes the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and that Joe Biden, therefore, is not a legit…

When it comes to prognostication, my favorite philosopher has always been the eminent Lawrence Peter Berra. "It's tough to make predictions," Yogi famously said, "especially about the future."

This week marks the anniversary of an unprecedented attack on democracy in the United States. Jan. 6 of last year is the day a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to stop certification of the people’s vote for the highest office in the land.

In a world full of eight-track-tape-lovin' baby boomers, thank goodness for grandkids who can handle illiteracy when it comes to all things technical.

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A cursory glance at any social media timeline that promotes discussion about politics reveals a truth both sad and scary: Americans are nowhere near heeding the plea issued so many years ago by Rodney King: "Can we all get along?"

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Isn’t it funny how sometimes no matter how hard you work, a project just doesn’t come together easily. Then a bit later, pieces fall into place to create something better than imagined. We had something like that happen with our COVID-19 relief grant.

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Sen. Joe Manchin is choosing to vote against a bill that would provide hundreds of billions of dollars to help working families with children. Manchin voted against the extension of the child tax credit, free preschool, and the bolstering of child care aid. Manchin has voted against more tha…

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If you grew up watching The Jetsons, the speculation is that George Jetson was born in 2022. There are some analogies to the real 2022. We do have flying cars. Jane’s dreary carpal tunnel from pushing buttons all day has been superseded by our wifi voice-enabled devices, including my favorit…

In 1555, Michel de Nostredame, also known as Nostradamus, published a book titled, “Les Propheties,” a collection of 942 quatrains – four-line poems – that predicted future events. The Frenchman was an astrologer, physical, and reputed seer. He has been credited with predicting the rise of H…

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It's tough to imagine what Sen. James Lankford did that was bad enough to get him skewered by his own party. Perhaps it's the fact that as the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol unfolded, he was speaking, and he called that act for what it was: an assault on members of Congress, …

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With the start of the new year, there are often resolutions, promises and hopes for what the new year will bring. A question on social media last week asked the public to choose one thing, if possible, to remove from the world in 2022. For me, I selected "hate."

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Recently I spoke of the benefits of getting a booster shot for the COVID vaccine. I tried to include a bit of personal experience into the reasons why it is beneficial to do so.

Happy New Year! Now is the time that most people begin thinking about things they wish to accomplish during the upcoming year. There are many different things that are commonly considered; for example, lose weight, save money, quit smoking, eat healthier, get rid of debt, and the list goes o…

As we end an amazing year, 2022 is on the horizon. Yes, we are living through a horrible pandemic, but I am hopeful that our lives will improve before they get worse. As people are making new year’s resolutions, I’d like to focus more on what I hope for during 2022.

The Democratic Party's problem with Hispanic voters is worse than leaders think, according to a new assessment by the highly regarded strategist Ruy Teixeira. That conclusion is particularly important because Teixeira wrote the influential 2002 book "The Coming Democratic Majority," which co…

It's going to be a long month. The holidays are over, it's cold outside, and I'm already bored with cleaning out my closet.

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After asking for help from some former co-workers, I picked up some real gems about our former publisher, the late Brad Sugg. He was publisher for 17 years – the longest tenure of any publisher here. And since I'm 61 and am awaiting the arrival of a new publisher, I'm pretty sure no other in…

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With a new year about to turn, many Cherokee County residents will be making resolutions. And almost as many – by the end of January, if not earlier – will have broken those resolutions.

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