If you are puzzled by the nationwide rape kit testing backlog, Oklahoma provides maddening insight on the bureaucratic forces that create intolerable inertia – and injustice.
The guest editorial Feb. 4 titled “Medical marijuana can ease suffering,” suggested South Carolinians dismiss the recommendations of the “state’s top law enforcement officials and doctors,” as it pertained to legalizing medical marijuana.
In explaining why they withdrew their application to redevelop the old Aiken County Hospital site, the Marian Group stated that they faced obstacles as outsiders "not from Aiken."
I’ve lived in Nevada most of my life. Now age 62, I and many other citizens enjoy and want to live the lifestyle that your adopt in Nevada. We live here for that reason as well as the opportunities here. Nevada is a great place to live.
I’m not convinced there is an independent voter in Aiken County. Of course, there might be, and even though Gregory J. Topliff has stated he is, it’s hard for me to believe having read his letters to the editor for some time. He shows all the signs of a right-wing Republican standing strongl…
WASHINGTON, D.C. — It's official. We just had the longest government shutdown in history over nothing. Democrats have agreed to fund $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical barrier along the border, which is only a little more than what Trump would have gotten under a continuing resolution t…
The "City of Aiken's progress has become stagnant" editorial published on Feb. 3 was right on the money. Actually, since it listed facts – a mix of renovations that have gone sour – it should have been on the front page of the paper.
The ease with which people, especially those in the media, rush to propagate unsubstantiated events is quite disturbing. Consider the recent story about a Covington High School student allegedly insulting a Native American Vietnam veteran. People who were patient enough to wait for reputable…
With tax season now underway, so are a plethora of tax-related scams. That's why area residents are being asked to exercise vigilance this tax season against potential scams.
My parents are Elma and Edwin DuBose. February is a very special month for them. This year, Elma celebrates her 90th birthday on Feb. 7, And on Feb. 16, they will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary. What an achievement!
I was elated to read a recent article regarding the Eustis Park pickleball project. I brought the idea to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism staff many months ago. I was immediately offered Eustis Park which contains four pickleball courts.
On Jan. 10 and 14 a group of volunteers from the Exeter and Cedar Creek communities completed a litter clean up on parts of Banks Mill, Eagle and Citadel roads. A total 7.5 miles of roadways received litter pick-up over these two days. These neighbors, who want to help Aiken be the best it c…
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Let's consider some real news, for a change: Last year was officially proclaimed the fourth-warmest on record; scientists predict that melting ice in Antarctica and Greenland could not only raise sea levels but further destabilize weather patterns; and progressive members …
When the holidays have ended and I've digested enough homemade snack mix to construct an imposing and delicious wall of heavily seasoned Chex cereal along the entire U. S.-Mexico border, retailers throughout the country often place deep discounts on exciting big-ticket items like televisions…
I was pleased to see the editorial in the Sunday, Feb. 3, Aiken Standard about the concerns that Aiken is becoming stagnant. I hope the leaders of the city including the City Council, Chamber of Commerce and other “movers and shakers” take this call to action very seriously. We have had too …
Crying "hate" is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 1983, just before winning a third term as Louisiana's governor, Edwin Edwards famously said the only way he could lose the race was "if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."
The nightmare for Donald Trump began November 2018 when the Democrats took control of the House in the midterm elections. Thirty-nine or 40 House seats changed hands. Gone are his loyal protectors, Speaker Paul Ryan, Reps. Trey Gowdy and Devin Nunes. The Democrats now chair the committees, t…
You don’t have to give much thought to the outrageous actions of the Democrats in New York to abort third trimester pregnancies, nor is it a complicated subject between right and wrong. Murder plain and simple is wrong.
On Jan. 22, while most of us were intently following the Trump/Pelosi follies on government shutdown, New York State’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) became law. It deserves serious attention.
Well, here we are finding ourselves in a bit of a dilemma. We can neither condone nor condemn an idea that's been floated to address a statewide problem.
In regard to the “Covington boys are not innocent” letter of Jan. 29, I have a sympathy for its author, Ms. Cronk-Horch. Indeed, as she describes herself, she is a person of both beneficial and detrimental experiences, but contrary to her declaration that because of those experiences she was…
Without the evidence needed to be entirely sure, I'd wager good money that an average size high school gymnasium could be filled with individuals whose lives have been irrevocably changed for the worse (i.e. suicides, character assassination) by news articles that were published before havin…
Star Parker’s recent column turns logic on its head when she compares the issue of slavery with that of abortion. She likens the pro-slavery stance to the pro-choice view because slavers thought each state should be able to choose slavery. She makes an all-too-common error: she sees no signi…
January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and South Carolina has a lot to be proud of when it comes to fighting modern-day slavery. Our state has made the biggest improvement in the nation in fighting human trafficking, according to Shared Hope International’s lates…
The news of the Marian Group abandoning its plans to turn the old Aiken Hospital into apartments, plus more, is the latest tick in the continuance of Aiken.
After reading Mr. Topliff’s letter and his other occasional musings to the Standard, Mr. Topliff could stand in for the White House Press Corps since his facts seem to come from the occasional press briefings, Breitbart, Drudge, Fox News and the president’s tweets. Right Wing conservatives a…
Here we go again. If you think the manure-spreaders of sensationalism who masquerade as ethical practitioners of journalism learned anything from last week's MAGA-bashing Covington Catholic High School hoax, I have three words for you:
Now that more charges, allegations and reporting are linking the Trump campaign to colluding with the Russians, let’s look at where Putin stands on his wish list.
There is a little document called the Constitution that was ignored by the Obama administration when it dealt with a sworn enemy, Iran. It is is now being ignored by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her partner in crime Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., were a conservative, all anyone would be talking about is how uninformed she is. She would be facing trick questions from reporters designed to expose her lack of knowledge and brutal sketches on "Saturday Night Live" mocking her i…
With seven candidates vying for three seats on the North Augusta City Council, it would seem to be a bitter fight against values and principles all the way down to the end.
I am a new to Aiken but not to politics – I served seven years on New York Community Board 1, worked as a trader on Wall Street, 31 years, owned a small business and held board positions of many clubs. I raised four step-sons and my own biological son, so I am familiar with raising white mal…
A League of Women Voters analysis of South Carolina's voting technology shows continued software deficiencies in the Election Systems and Security technology used in the state.
The Public Service Commission gave SCE&G customers one of the worst Christmas presents we could have received. They delayed a decision on the Dominion takeover of SCE&G to right before Christmas.
It is my desire to encourage parents to engage in consultations with their children’s pediatrician or the family physician to receive information on the possible harmful effects of beyond-normal engagement with handheld and lap-size technology.
The Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel plant is being mothballed, leaving the national laboratory with 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium, and there’s little hope Congress will soon come up with funding to restart the Yucca Mountain disposal project in Nevada.
Sometimes, a three-point celebration is just a three-point celebration. Sometimes, a pep rally is just a pep rally. Sometimes, a smile is just a smile. And sometimes, a hat is just a hat.
- DHEC declares hepatitis A outbreak after possible exposure at second Aiken restaurant
- Two employees robbed at gunpoint at LuLu's Express Car Wash in Aiken
- Former Aiken drugstore featured in the 'Green Book' served blacks, whites as equals
- Graniteville man charged in shooting incident in North Augusta
- Woodside home 'total loss' following fire Sunday morning
- Police investigating 'rumors' of possible threat to South Aiken High
- Willie Jewell's in Aiken closing this month, Aiken Fish House opening
- Former Aiken County Sheriff dies at 85
- North Augusta man's body found in burning vehicle in Augusta
- Midland Valley names new football coach
- Mardi Gras
- Aiken County Animal Shelter pets for adoption for Feb. 7
- Meybohm Raises a Toast to 2018
- Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, from Aiken local Leslee Peth
- Most Wanted by Aiken County Sheriff's Office: Feb. 6
- The Aiken Standard Career Expo
- Most Wanted by Aiken County Sheriff's Office: Feb. 13
- Cool, Colorful Saturday for Girl Scouts
- USC Aiken baseball vs. Shepherd, game two
- Pacer Bridge Walk