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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

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

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

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

Health insurance vs. healthcare

on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Armstrong Williams Since being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Trump has worked hard to deliver on the many campaign promises he made to the American people. And despite Democrats and even some Republicans challenging him at ever

Three stories: a teacher, a family and a state

on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble This column is about three stories – about a teacher, a family and a state. They are both historic and modern. But they are really about one very simple but very powerful idea – expectations. First the teacher. In 1804, in the deep South Ca

The future of flipping hamburgers

on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Last week, I saw the future of flipping hamburgers – and most every other type of fast food. It was at a restaurant called Eatsa at 1626 K Street in Washington, DC. It was both fascinating and at the same time frightening – for a whole lot

Why a tax hike for roads won’t fix roads

on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By HANNAH HILL We’re hearing a lot of scary claims from the Department of Transportation and from legislative leaders: we have the highest rate of road fatalities in the nation, it will take billions to climb out of the hole our infrastructure system is

In praise of pragmatism

on Tuesday, 21 March 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton As you watch the healthcare proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times. In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatists? It would not change the issues at hand

SC is 50th in education –

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Some will think this is too strong. I don’t. Just read on and make up your own mind. Recently, the US News and World Report released a study of the 50 states based on 68 different metrics in seven categories: health care, education, infrast

A big reform idea people love and

on Tuesday, 07 March 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble It’s a given that South Carolina’s Statehouse politics is dysfunctional on a good day and thoroughly corrupt on most days. There is a big reform idea that has surfaced that may be the single biggest thing we can do to reform this broken

Innovation: the choice for SC’s future

on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Innovation – noun: in·no·va·tion \ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən\ 1: the introduction of something new 2: a new idea, method, or device, novelty Antonym (opposite of) innovation – dull, pedantic, pedestrian, stodgy, assembly-line, canned, cookie-cutter, d

Where there is no doctor

on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By G. Richard Olds Doctor’s appointments may soon be hard to come by. The United States will be short up to 90,000 doctors by 2025. This shortage will hit rural and poor urban areas hardest, largely because most newly minted doctors don’t practice in the

No amount of new revenue will solve state’s road problem

on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Hannah Hill Last week, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill that would lay the groundwork allowing the governor to appoint the state superintendent of education – making the Department of Education a cabinet agency and fully accountable to the

We are better than we think we are

on Tuesday, 07 February 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble South Carolina is a unique state. We are not like other states – partly because of our history, our culture and our politics. One of our historic legacies is what one writer called our debilitating inferiority complex. It is best summed up
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