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  Spring and fall are gatherings times in Laurens County. Sure, we have Christmas in the winter, and we rev up for football in the summer. But fall gets everyone in a gathering mood, shaking off the summer heat, and spring is the time of rebirth. For the standpoint of our Laurens County home-grown...
  Education is more than books, numbers and maps and certainly more than the ubiquitous and paramount test scores used to define a district, a school, and a student. Education in its truest sense is the process of promoting and directing learning. Granted, teaching is a necessary part of the...
  The editor, We should all be concerned in District Five as taxpayers of Laurens County that we don’t have a representative on the Laurens County Council, and have not had one for the past 5 months or more. It’s evident that the voters of our District 5, which would include approximately 7,000...
The editor: The constituents of Laurens County District 5 are being taxed without representation.  Councilman (Keith) Tollison has been absent nine of the last 10 county council meetings. Councilman Tollison’s employment has pulled him out of state.  Although Councilman Tollison appears sincere in...
  A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is unlikely without a strong bipartisan voice.” I can...
Just when the United States was reeling from three devastating hurricanes comes word on 10-1-17 out of Las Vegas that “at least” 59 people were killed when a gunman opened fire, from an elevated position, on country music fans attending a massive outdoor concert. Hurricanes have caused untold human...
Baptist. As a child, there was no better word. It stood for all the best things I knew. It actually still does – but not without a lot of explanation and clarification and qualification. Most of the Baptists I know are Baptist… “but not ‘that kind’ of Baptist!” Many Baptist churches these days have...
5 tips to help South Carolinians prepare for open enrollment and save on health care costs   More than 3 million South Carolinians will soon select or switch their health benefits plan during open enrollment, so now is the time to prepare for that important decision that usually happens once a year...
Despite its Name, the Cadillac Tax Will Harm Poor and Ill South Carolinians Most   A massive blow to South Carolina’s families is being overlooked in the current national debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act: the impending implementation of the 40 percent Cadillac tax.  Americans were told...
Greenville County Democratic Party & Joint County Party Statement Regarding the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas and Rep. Jeff Duncan’s Continued Peddling of NRA-Sponsored Legislation   GREENVILLE (Oct. 5) - We all woke up to unthinkable news on Monday morning that yet another mass shooting had...

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