The runoff election set for next Tuesday pits some very different candidates against each other. The democrats have their candidates; however, they will not have a big part in this election season in the Upstate. The winners in the republican primary will likely be winners in the November 2018 general election.

The runoff in the governor’s race: McMaster’s opponent is a dynamic young businessman with a Marine Corps background, vs. a lifelong politician with a big personality and a history of being part of the “Good ol Boy” system in Columbia. The opponent, John Warren, is a newcomer and a very successful business owner and military leader with combat experience.

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The Times Examiner is undergoing a major transition that is planned for completion by July 1st. The former weekly hard-copy newspaper will become 100% digital beginning the 1st week in July 2018. The content will be essentially the same, however, the publication will be in real-time rather than having a weekly cutoff.
The primary election this week provides an example of the shortcomings of a weekly newspaper. Our publication schedule of going to press on Monday night for a newspaper dated Wednesday means we miss the election results and provide them to our readers eight days after they are available. The digital version will allow us to report to our readers in real-time.

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The Times Examiner wholeheartedly endorses Stephen Brown in the Republican primary for Congress to replace Congressman Trey Gowdy who has chosen not to seek reelection.  Loyal readers of this paper will likely recognize how unusual it is for the Times Examiner to provide an editorial endorsement to a candidate for any office.  We believe that this candidate and this office, at this time, create an exceptional set of circumstances that compel us to help clarify the convoluted picture created by twelve candidates running for this Congressional seat, none of whom had significant name recognition prior to entering this race.

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Memorial Day is a national holiday to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice: giving their lives for their country. It originally honored only the dead of the Union Army, but now honors all United States of America war dead.
Many Americans served their country in uniform, all were willing to give their lives in service to their country and some gave all. It is their ultimate sacrifice of their lives that we honor on Memorial Day.

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There are hopes that the Korean War could officially end soon if the initiatives by President Trump materialize. The Korean War that began in 1950 never officially ended. For more than 60 years, the forces of North and South Korea have been combat ready along a demilitarized zone at the 38th Parallel.
The First Calvary occupied the left flank south of the DMZ; and the 7th Infantry Division was to its right. I held the grade of Captain at the time and had two captains assigned to me. One of them was in charge of furnishing uniform items to the troops and the other was responsible for providing fuel products for the division.
It is hard to believe that it has been more than fifty years since I spent 13 months assigned to the First Calvary Division just south of the demilitarized zone north of Seoul. I was president of the menu board and oversaw the distribution of food for the Division in addition to supervising the two captains.

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We all have Mothers, and some are more fortunate than others are. Mothers have extreme power and influence on our lives. In fact, they can legally kill us before birth or sacrifice to make us successful citizens throughout our lives.

In nature, mothers nurture and protect their young. Animals in the wild will kill to protect their young. I was blessed with a mother who was very protective of me. That protection was not always welcome. She would not allow me to go to farm ponds without adult supervision so as not to expose me to some of the activities going on at those locations. The negative part of that was that I never learned to swim and generally had a fear of water.

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I watched part of a Veterans Day program hosted by Michael Reagan, the adopted son of President Reagan. In the program, President Reagan was speaking at the site of the D-Day Invasion. He said something to the effect that “If we forget what we did, we will never know who we are.”

I sense that a large number of our fellow citizens of the United States are totally ignorant of what their ancestors did to earn their freedom and have no appreciation for their ancestors or the freedom they enjoy.

Many of the professors who taught the current crop of young teachers were Anti-Vietnam War, draft dodgers and have a slanted view of American history and the role of the military and their sacrifices in preserving our freedom. The task of educating future generations of American students falls on veterans. If they don’t tell the story, sadly, it will not be told.

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