For safety reasons, fire marshals control the number of people who can occupy a building at any one time. We've seen what happens when crowds get too large and a fire breaks out, causing panic and often death. So why not control the crowd illegally entering America?

This sentence would have been unimaginable in this space 15 years ago: Mark Sanford should run for president.

The phrase "America, Love It or Leave It" has a pedigree dating back at least to the McCarthy Era. In the '70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The left has its own version, vowing to leave the country if a Republican is elected president. They rarely do.

It may be more than coincidental that R&B music star R. Kelly and well-connected Wall Street financier Jeffrey Epstein were arrested in the same week on federal charges related to sexually abusing underage girls.

You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA ("the space base," we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits.

The U.S. women's national soccer team recently won the World Cup championship while the U.S. men's soccer team failed to even qualify for the men's World Cup last year. And yet, the women players make only about 20 percent as much as the men players.

WASHINGTON -- From Little Red Riding Hood's terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner's balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in "Dances With Wolves," Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with the ancestral predecessor of our favorite family pet.

We’ve been over this before, but considering the amount of interest readers indicated for the 1890s fires that swept through the downtown, possibly our most dramatic incidents are fires in the late 1930s, such as that of the old Carolina Theater.

WASHINGTON -- Despite a lackluster debate performance, former vice president Joe Biden is still holding on to his lead in the race for the Democratic nomination in large part because Democratic voters see him as the most electable candidate. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a 45 pe…

Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn't have a migrant problem because they don't have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to other European countries that do.

WASHINGTON -- Maybe President Trump was right that we needed a "Salute to America" last week, because apparently some Americans have lost sight of the greatness of our country. Case in point: To mark Independence Day, The New York Times posted a video op-ed challenging what it called the "mythology" of American greatness. "America may once have been the greatest," the Times video declares, "but today, America, we're just OK."

I used to wonder how a society as old, grand and sophisticated as Italy could choose an elderly businessman as flamboyant, scandal-prone and inexperienced in government as Silvio Berlusconi to the position of prime minister. Then the U.S. elected Donald Trump and I found out.

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont -- Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan's third congressional district as an Independent. In a Washington Post op-ed column, he wrote: "I've become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions."

WASHINGTON -- Nike withdrew a new Independence Day-themed shoe featuring the Revolutionary War-era flag after former NFL quarterback and Nike-endorser Colin Kaepernick complained that the flag was a symbol of the slave era, according to the Wall Street Journal. Nike offered a lame excuse that it had removed the shoe from retailers because "it featured an old version of the American flag."

Florence County had some rocky early days, and we’re not talking about the vigorous political debate that paved the way for Florence County to be formed from parts of four neighboring counties in 1888.

As things stand now, if you're 52 or younger, Social Security will be able to pay only about 75 percent of scheduled benefits when you retire. Even a good portion of people already retired could experience significant benefit cuts in 15 years if the program runs out of funds as projected.

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If you were to have a conversation with an assistant principal, faculty or support staff member who was a part of our team of educators at Wilson High School between August of 1987 and June 30, 2005, ask one or more about “The Tree.” The first response you might get is “Oh, Lord”!

Unless you follow golf closely, you might not realize that the PGA Tour has a new schedule this year. The biggest changes involve the moving of the Players Championship from May to March and the moving of the “PGA Championship” from August to May.

What's a Brexit? On one hand, it’s easy: It’s the slang term for the British exit from the European Union. But, on other hand, nobody really knows. And for sure, as of today, nobody knows how to “do it.”

Again these Antifa thugs almost killed an innocent journalist in Portland, Oregon, while the police stood by while the Antifa (aka Black Shirts) tried to kill this innocent person.

I have been meaning to write a letter to the editor for some time regarding what I see as the mindless call for equal pay for the women's national soccer team. When I saw Rachel Greszler's column in the Morning News on Tuesday with the headline "Why the pay gap between women's and men's soccer?" I thought she beat me to the punch; I waited too long. But, while she made some valid points, she missed by far the most important point: a difference in ability.

Your front-page article “Smoke in the water” in the July 9 edition of the Morning News infuriates me. I cannot believe that you gave such attention to a product (tobacco) that is harmful to the health of those who use it.

A company in Florence that is a strong advocate for our veterans has partnered with the Lamplighter Restaurant on South Irby Street in Florence to offer a free breakfast for all veterans. The breakfast is held at 8 a.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the private dining area.