Michael Raymond, Bluffton Today

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Past articles by Michael:

While we debate, more innocent lives are lost

The killings last week on a high school campus have renewed passions and frustrations once again. Images of panic, loss, despair — now all too familiar — overwhelmed our senses, broadcast in real time as yet another incident of mass murder unfolded in America. → Read More

Be still, my heart; we have a budget

Love is in the air on this Valentine’s Day. Cute little cupids fire arrows of desire as we celebrate a holiday with roots in third-century debauchery where drunken, naked Romans partied in the streets. And a couple guys named Valentine were brutally martyred. → Read More

Dependence numbs the American Spirit

My nephew, a millennial, recently shared this epiphany: millennials have been coddled. → Read More

News can be real, fake or camouflaged

Whoever thought an international conference should be held in the Swiss Alps in January had to be a little twisted. Or the ultimate ski bum. → Read More

Don’t look now, but it’s starting to trickle down

Some people refuse to be confused by the facts. → Read More

Let the new year bring new optimism

If you haven’t been paying close attention to the details of the new tax bill, you’re not alone. → Read More

A few messages for the season

The story of Christmas in the United States is a fascinating one, a chronicle that weaves together Christian influence, a nation longing for peace and unity after a catastrophic civil war, and the pressures of a frenetic Industrial Revolution that dominated the turn of the 19th century. → Read More

Jerusalem: Home of the Jewish people for 30 centuries

“Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.” → Read More

You must now pay us to sue you

Some things I don’t mind paying for. Mostly, they are improvements you can readily see, such as a fresh coat of paint on the house or new shoes for the kids. On the other hand, it’s a drag to pay for something you can’t see, like furnace filters or an oil change for the car. → Read More

We all benefit when both parties are strong

“Something’s got to happen, man. We’ve got to turn this ship around.” → Read More

Situational awareness can be key to survival

We are under siege. → Read More

It’s too soon to write ‘what happened’

It turns out that “crooked Hillary” really is crooked. → Read More

To keep liberty, expect abuse of power

It has recently come to light that anyone arrested for suspected criminal activity would be denied bail if they were found to be associated in any manner with the Black Lives Matter movement. → Read More

After fixing taxes, can we fix spending?

No more Mr. Nice Guy. The gloves are coming off. → Read More

One war we must continue to fight

Is Harvey Weinstein’s name pronounced “wine-steen” or “wine-stine”? It seems to me that the latter would be more correct than the former, but you hear it pronounced both ways. → Read More

Let no madman abridge our Constitution

There is no term for pressure cooker violence, though the devices were used in the Boston Marathon bombings. There is no term such as fertilizer violence, though the element is commonly used in modern-day bombs. → Read More

Like free speech, insolence is protected

As the sorry saga drags on, there’s no way I’m going to wade into the mud pit of whether it’s appropriate to take a knee in protest during the national anthem. → Read More

Desperation could yield cooperation

Before Kim Jong-un can annihilate the U.S. with a merciless nuclear hammer blow, President Trump threatens to rain down fire and fury and totally destroy North Korea. → Read More

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

President Donald Trump continues to build his image as a bipartisan dealmaker at the expense of his party’s leadership. The question is, at what cost? → Read More

Raymond: Debt ceiling needs to go

It’s high time we eliminate the debt ceiling Did you run up your credit card trying to dodge Hurricane Irma? Hotel, meals, fuel, maybe a generator, replacements for damaged items, and much more can add up to head-spinning debt. Unfortunately you don’t get to constantly raise the card limit and just keep paying the minimum amount every month — like our federal government gets to do. The balance… → Read More