Guest Editorial: Local press needs to be supported

Americans trust local news over national news by a two-to-one margin. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, came out strongly last week in favor of including local news as critical American infrastructure in need of support — highlighting the role of local newspapers as a trusted […]

Letter: The Fiasco Continues

I cannot recommend attendance at a Fairfield County Council session. It is depressing. Tonight’s meeting continued with the four to three split on just about everything.  This was especially the case on the second reading of the proposed FY 2021-2022 county budget. The 4 majority amended the proposed budget to kill the proposed 5 mill […]

Guest Editorial: Should the Richland District 2 School Board be Dissolved?

Should the State of South Carolina Department of Education dissolve the Richland 2 School Board? That idea came to mind as I read the article in The State by Zak Koeske, published on April 18. Zak’s article described the interest of the S.C. DOE in taking over the boards of low-performing school districts. Here’s why […]


Definition of bamboozle verb: conceal one’s true motives from, especially by elaborately feigning good intentions, so as to gain an end. Usage example: Those who voted for the 4 were BAMBOOZLED into believing the 4 would deliver openness, ethical practices, transparency, and thoughtful judgment. Unfortunately, reality quickly proved the voters were BAMBOOZLED. The BAMBOOZLED public […]

Letter: Merriam Says

Maleficence (mă-lĕf′ĭ-sĕns) [L. maleficentia, evildoing] Acting in a deliberately harmful manner toward others. Usage example: He is committing a blatant act of maleficence by knowingly (or at least should have known) running up the Mt. Zion project costs because he has yet to come up with a workable solution to moving a statue. Randy Bright […]

Guest Editorial: Whose idea was this, anyway?

In the last week, I was surprised to see a 3-sided, electronic billboard erected at the corner of US Hwy. 321 By-Pass and Moultrie Street at the busiest intersection in Winnsboro.  Although the sign is on county property, it is within the city limits and should require their approval. After checking to see how this […]

Guest Editorial: Open government is key to honest government

When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. No one wants to be held directly responsible for letting the public down. But how do you get to the truth when public officials […]

Letter: Focus on the People

When will the 4 actually do something positive? Last night, during a meeting full of irrational justifications for their obvious mistakes, the standout was the Chair’s warning of a tight budget while he leads the charge to target a costly breaking of the Mt. Zion contract. It is estimated the 4’s contact canceling pursuit could […]

Letter: God Save Us!

I would like to congratulate our illustrious County Council on deciding to use only another area newspaper with a circulation of 2,500 instead of the Voice with a circulation of over 10,000. This is another brilliant move towards keeping the public informed as to their backward actions, like revisiting the Mt. Zion contract and obviously […]

Letter: Keep Mr. Taylor

This letter is to ask council to extend our County Administrator’s contract for more than five months. I have watched with pride the many positive developments occurring county-wide recently through Mr. Taylor. As more industry and manufacturing companies have come to Fairfield through Mr. Taylor and his team’s efforts, more jobs have become available, unemployment […]