Editorials

Editorials

What we can learn from Presidents' Day

President's Day, celebrated on Monday, may seem somewhat contrived, an attempt to work a three-day weekend into the month when our two greatest national leaders were born, with the goal of making February a little more tolerable. But somewhere under the annual glut of ads for improbable bargains, there's real meaning to the day, especially in this year of rancor, division and shameless deceit. It is to be found in the lives of the two men who are the focus of the holiday: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Their examples have endured; when they cease to matter to us, we will be in trouble.

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The real voter fraud is the falsehood that it’s common

President Trump, who refuses to believe he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in November by 3 million votes, must be overjoyed at an outrageous sentence imposed on a Texas woman, Rosa Maria Ortega, 37, for voter fraud. Ortega, a mother of four brought to the United States as an infant, was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $5,000 for voting illegally in elections in 2012 and 2014. She'll also likely be deported.

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Pastors and politics: How to revise the rules against campaigning by churches

Donald Trump would once have been thought an unlikely champion of religious freedom. But he staked out his claim at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, vowing to liberate churches to use their voices in political campaigns. His administration, he promised, would “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”

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Nikki Haley keeps the pressure on Russia

The shelling and body counts have resumed in eastern Ukraine. After a long stretch of relative quiet, Russian-backed separatists have stoked a surge of fighting that killed at least 36 people in the last week and a half – the worst violence there since 2015. We all know who the architect of this chaos is: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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If Republicans won’t take a stand on someone as incompetent as Betsy DeVos, what will they take a stand on?

Surely there are more than two Republican senators who are smart enough to realize that Betsy DeVos is simply underqualified and incompetent to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Which makes her confirmation Tuesday all the more maddening. For all of President Donald Trump’s talk as a candidate about disrupting Washington as usual, there is nothing more politics-as-usual than this: Elected officials who know better, who know they’re doing a bad thing for the country, but who go ahead and do it anyway because they need a future relationship with a president who they probably also know is unsuited for his job, and because they fear incurring the wrath of GOP leaders if they cross the party line in the name of good governance.

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Israel policy under Trump still in murky stage

The United States’ relations with Israel are focused on three questions. The first is, what are Israel’s intentions with respect to the West Bank? The second: Will the approach of the Trump administration be different from that of President Barack Obama? The third is an eternal one – what will be the interplay between Israeli and American policy? It’s a question of global importance.

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United Way revenue growth must match increasing needs

The United Way of Horry County’s annual fundraising drive is in a positive position – two percentage points ahead of last year’s drive toward a larger goal – but volunteers will continue to press businesses, individuals and organizations to donate or increase their giving.

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Trump rule doesn’t make America safer

President Donald Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and temporarily barring entry to citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries is poorly drafted, constitutionally suspect and morally wrong. It may fulfill a campaign promise for “extreme vetting,” but it does not reflect the values of this nation. It also is misdirected and may make Americans even more at risk by alienating allies and playing into the rhetoric of the terrorists.

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Border security is important, but Trump’s wall plan is as hare-brained as they come

Among the many manifestly bad ideas being promulgated by the newly minted Trump administration, the most hare-brained could well be building a barrier along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico – from the Pacific to the Gulf Coast – as a way to keep people from entering the country illegally. Even though there’s no clear source of funding yet, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday directing the Department of Homeland Security to get started, with a vow by the White House that “one way or the other, Mexico will pay for it.”

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