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Opinion from the Lowcountry.

Morris Center makes for a fine legacy

Daniel Ollin Morris, better known as Danny, would have been pleased but not surprised at the reception his Center for Lowcountry Heritage is receiving.

The definition of insanity remains the same

Now comes the first U.S. troop surge to Afghanistan approved by the new commander in chief. The option, kicked around the administration for several months, is the call of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who sees it as a critical component for breaking combat deadlock with the Taliban.

Simple, easy and wrong answers

“For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” — H.L. Mencken

Leadership is about strength under fire

In the first Hollywood film of the Gulf War, “Courage Under Fire,” the men on a dangerous rescue mission each had a very different story to tell about their commander, Capt. Karen Walden.

@ Your Library: Q&A with author Cate Lineberry

Author Cate Lineberry will visit the Beaufort and Bluffton branches of the Beaufort County Library on June 22 to share her book “Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero.”

Lineberry

What do we do about climate change now?

The newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up, I saw the headline: “McMaster Backs Trump’s Exit from Climate Accord.”

Constitution protects the right to be spectacularly vulgar

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, says he has changed his mind about comedian Kathy Griffin attending an event to promote his new book. Actually, Minnesotans changed his mind.

National budget debate requires realism

The president’s budget had many attributes. It actually proposed balance. This is in contrast to the Obama administration’s proposed budgets that never bothered with it.

Archie Parnell should be in Congress

Congress today is hyper-partisan, divisive, shallow, parochial, corrupted by money, driven by special interests, dominated by career politicians, poisoned by personal attacks, disrespectful of voters, focused on the short term and rigidly ideological.

Election meddling nothing unexpected

The Russian “influence campaign” — a phrase coined by our intelligence community to describe efforts to guide votes to President Trump — has caught many of us mid-yawn.

How tall should your foundation be?

With more people finding Beaufort in their search for milder temperatures and a less hectic lifestyle, real estate sales and new home construction have remained steady over the last 5-7 years.

@ Your Library: Bookmobile ready to rock and roll

It’s official; your mobile library has arrived. Beaufort County residents will see, for the first time in decades, a bookmobile driving alongside them on the streets.

Want to make progress? Focus on technology

For hundreds of years, we in Western society have thought about things with a lineal and incremental mindset. Progress was believed to happen sequentially, usually slowly.

Memorial Day: We will never forget

This archived Memorial Day column is from May 30, 2005. It is dedicated to my father, Donald William Herbkersman, an Army ranger and Korean War veteran, as well as the Sun City Veterans Association and all Beaufort County veterans. We will never forget.

Who now cultivates a climate of fear?

The drama is becoming wearisome. So much energy is required to stay on top of the countless he-said, she-said items emanating from the White House and mainstream media that one is inclined to simply tune it all out.

Image, ethics and state business

After World War II, a fierce but civil rivalry developed between Birmingham and Atlanta as to which would become the unofficial capital of the South.

Have you heard of priming the pump?

With White House statements misaligned with Trump statements, we’ve spent the last week trying to figure out exactly why James Comey was fired as FBI director. Although the underlying truth has become murky, one explanation cuts through all hype and speculation.

@ Your Library: A letter from the director

Together we have accomplished a great deal over the past 12 months. As you can see in my update below, it takes an entire community to develop a vibrant and thriving library system.

Donations support important work at AMIkids Beaufort

On behalf of AMIkids Beaufort, I want to thank everyone who helped make our May 6 fundraiser a success. Thanks to generous donations throughout the weekend and those who participated in our silent auction, we raised more than $115,000 to directly benefit the at-risk young men we serve at our AMIkids Beaufort program.

Gov. McMaster’s first 100 days: Failure?

May 4 marked Gov. Henry McMaster’s 100th day in office. Since there was such a flurry of reporting about President Trump’s first 100 days, it seems appropriate to look at what Gov. McMaster has achieved.