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Palmetto Opinion

Every South Carolinian deserves to be counted

As a state senator, I took an oath to represent all of my constituents to the best of my ability. I know that politics can be divisive, and not everyone will agree with my ideas or what I think are the best solutions to keep our community moving forward. But I have a responsibility to serve all of my constituents.

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Before Rosa Parks, there was SC’s Sara Mae Flemming

At the 60th anniversary of the brave bus ride of Rosa Parks in Birmingham, Ala., some have said her case marked the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in this country. I beg to differ. While Rosa Parks deserves to be honored, there was an earlier and similar case here in South Carolina, handled by Matthew Perry and his partner, Lincoln Jenkins.

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Abuse of discretion? Red tape overload? Regulators gone wild?

STATE HEALTH inspectors swooped in on three abortion clinics this fall, making unscheduled inspections that turned up regulatory violations and resulted in suspended licenses and fines that are still being negotiated. The most frequently mentioned violations involved paperwork problems and aborted fetuses being sterilized with steam rather than incinerated.

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Race, poverty stymie sensible SC education policy

Yet again, South Carolina’s policymakers seem stuck in the design phase of public school policy. This latest stumble extends over two decades across at least three court decisions, variously known as the Abbeville v South Carolina case and the funding case, about equity, adequacy and quality in S.C. public schools.

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How much thought have you given to giving thanks?

A FEW DAYS before he was nearly washed away in the floods, our deacon threw out a handful of examples from a six-page list of things he was thankful for: “my wife and child … my family and friends … knowing how to hunt and fish …. For knowing how to plant a garden … to care for a lawn … to drive a boat … to back a trailer … to cook a meal. For having the ability to walk and run … to see the sunrise … to taste the sweetness of a freshly picked peach … to hear the roar of the ocean … to smell a gardenia’s bloom … to know Jesus Christ.”

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Crazy scenes from Five Points: South Carolina basketball advances to Final Four

Gamecocks fans celebrate in five points after the South Carolina basketball team beat Florida to advance to the final four in the NCAA march madness playoffs
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Crazy scenes from Five Points: South Carolina basketball advances to Final Four 0:56

Crazy scenes from Five Points: South Carolina basketball advances to Final Four

Final four! More from the celebration in New York 1:04

Final four! More from the celebration in New York

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York County prosecutor discusses gay marriage domestic violence conviction

Fort Mill students gain 'real-world experience' with apprenticeships 1:44

Fort Mill students gain 'real-world experience' with apprenticeships