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August 18, 2019

A nearly unanimous vote by the Greenville City Council this month to annex nearly 400 acres well outside the city limits raises questions about the rights of rural residents and the city’s direction when it comes to managing growth.

The council voted 5-1 with Rick Smiley in opposition to…


Lead us not into temptations of MSNBC

August 18, 2019

I am quitting TV journalism. From now on, I'm getting my news from the papers. I have been thinking about it for a long time, but I finally decided when a friend of mine told me his story:

I was watching Nicole Wallace one afternoon as she preached about the imminent collapse of democracy as we…


Forget about sanctioned workplace naps and go back to sleep

August 17, 2019

On a busy afternoon at a former workplace, I was deep into job-related thought when the distinctive sound of a hammer drill began its rhythmic pounding against the building’s brick exterior.

I know that sound well because I own a hammer drill and have used it for creating holes in concrete.…


Look beyond racial discrimination

August 14, 2019

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it's somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be…