Guest Editorial: Juneteenth Celebration Traced to Freeing of Slaves in Texas in 1865

Juneteenth, which is coming up June 19, is the newest federal holiday in the calendar. Its origins, however, date to the final weeks of the Civil War. The commemoration arose from the freeing of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, eleven weeksafter the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox and the assassination of […]

Guest Editorial: Abuse Victims Should Tell Someone

For the past fifteen years I have ministered to and assisted victims of crime, sexual abuse, and exploitation of minors.  I want to encourage anyone in the shadows of abuse to come forward. Healing begins when the secret is brought to light. My previous involvement with local victims of Brian Watson and the recent arrest […]

Guest Editorial: Cinco de Mayo celebrated more in US than Mexico

May 5 is Cinco De Mayo, a holiday rooted in Mexican history that has been adopted by millions of Americans, both Latino and non-Latino.  The holiday is actually celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico. This year marks the 160th anniversary of the inspiration for the holiday, a Mexican victory over the French […]

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 […]

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: You can’t have democracy without a free press

There’s a reason we need a free press. Democracy won’t work without it. The grand experiment in self-governance that is the United States is rooted in trust and confidence we all will work toward the greater good. But the nation’s founders had experience with kings and dictators and their expected benevolence — and what could […]

Guest Editorial: What will it cost Fairfield County to lose Jason Taylor?

“Losing your best people means losing your reliable winners, your constant innovators and your most effective problem solvers”, says People Keep.   Controversial exits can lead to a break down in team morale and could mean the loss of customer relationships.  It could also threaten your brand and further jeopardize sensitive negotiations with potential businesses and […]

Guest Editorial: Don’t let Cedar Creek/Center Creek folks shut Fairfield down

Some citizens who live along Cedar Creek and in the Center Creek neighborhood are using fear-mongering and misinformation to try to trick Fairfield voters into defeating the three county council incumbents who have helped bring in 5 new industries, 800 jobs, almost $100 million investment in the county and the lowest unemployment rate in 20 […]

Guest Editorial: Face Masks Make the Difference

Some folks think masks are some new method of taking away our liberty.  Others feel they are unhealthy in being a basket for our germs.  And then there are those who believe wearing a mask is a political statement.  All these are hogwash. Aside from the CDC providing clear evidence that the wearing of masks […]

Guest Editorial- Fairfield NAACP: Take Down Monument

The Fairfield County NAACP is requesting that the Town of Winnsboro remove the confederate symbols that are erected on public land located in front of the future Fairfield Administration Building (Old Mount Zion School).  The Fairfield County NAACP and concerned citizens are not in agreement with there location of the Fairfield County Administration Building to […]

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