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FOI reform comes at last

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Bill Rogers It’s been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents. For seven years, the Legislature has for one reason or the other not passed an FOI reform bill. They did so on the l

Nothing’s finer than South Carolina

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Native South Carolinians will probably agree with the lyrics from “Carolina in the Morning,” the song recorded by Al Jolson and later Dean Martin. “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” they crooned. So what makes South Carolina s

Memorial Day 2017 ‘Play it again, Uncle Sam’

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Christopher Kelly Memorial Day this year calls on all Americans with particular significance. It calls on us to look backward at our past and forward to the many uncertainties and challenges facing our nation overseas. Important anniversaries over the

Upon the wings of a dove

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Armstrong Williams Sometime in the womb, as we evolve over months from a single-celled organism into the complex mass of neurons and flesh that we recognize as ourselves, an awareness of our place in the world emerges. The world as we begin to know it

How many social apps do we need?

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Is it just me or are there others who don’t have the desire to communicate on every kind and type of modern technology. When is enough, enough? I have a phone – actually two – a land line, and a smart phone which accepts text messages. I have two email ac

The budget process remains broken

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating... for a week. A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over f

Aiding minority ownership

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) April 20 decision to reinstate the UHF discount rule should be heralded as a significant opportunity to advance diversity and minority broadcast television ownership. For years, we have urged the FCC to addres

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sunday is Mother’s Day, so this week I like to share how I have been blessed as a mother. I became a mother, and consequently a grandmother, in a non-traditional way. My first child, (whom the world refers to as a step-child) came into my life when I marr

S.C. Education: the good, the bad and the hopeful

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble There is probably no other topic that has been the subject of this column more often than education. And the reason is very simple: if we don’t fix education in this state, nothing else really matters. The road to a prosperous future for So

Do you ever wonder about. . .

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Do you ever wonder why they call it plastic surgery? “We had plastic before plastic had plastic,” says Dr. Basil Michaels, an assistant professor of Clinical Surgery at The University of Massachusetts. The term plastic means to mold, and is from the Greek

Plastic bags, SC’s home rule and dying oceans

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Over the 40 years that I have known her, I have come to have great respect for my wife’s political antenna. When she says something about a politician or an issue, I have learned that it’s best to pay attention. My wife is not a political j

Retirement Planning

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Opinions

With company pension plans becoming less prominent and uncertainty surrounding Social Security, planning for your retirement is now more important than ever. The fear of outliving one’s retirement savings is ever present as society is faced with longer l

One SC woman making a difference – globally

on Tuesday, 25 April 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Phil Noble This is another column in an occasional series about people in South Carolina who are making a difference. Jennifer Jones-Wood is our guest columnist and she writes about her work in South Carolina to help young girls around the world. Tod

Enjoying the Big Apple with the grands

on Tuesday, 25 April 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

New York City – people either love it or hate it. Put me in the “love it” category. I recently had the opportunity to take my twin granddaughters to the Big Apple. It was a dream for me to share the city I love with them and a dream for them to go. They a

Disaster relief depends on secure supply chains

on Tuesday, 25 April 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Emily Lord A FedEx warehouse might save your life. When hurricanes are approaching, FedEx allows the Red Cross to stock emergency supplies in its warehouses. By pre-positioning these supplies, disaster relief workers drastically reduce the time it tak
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