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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

To feed the world, look to veterinarians

on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Timothy Ogilvie Across one-fourth of the globe, people aren’t getting the nutrients they need to stay healthy, according to the newly released Global Hunger Index. In many countries, the cause isn’t a lack of food – it’s a lack of safe food. The risk

Lawmakers call for Conservation Bank

on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

COLUMBIA – Two South Carolina lawmakers announced last week they are introducing legislation to provide for the continued protection of South Carolina natural resources for the next decade. Gathered with members of The Palmetto Land and Water Legacy Allia

S.C. Political Corruption

on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble This is the second in an ongoing series about political corruption and ethics reform in South Carolina. This column outlines the origins, recent scandals and beginnings of efforts for ethics reform. Directly across the street from the Stateh

Americans, not Moscow, sending Trump to White House

on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Let’s distinguish fact from fiction and separate out whining from winning. Vladimir Putin did not elect Donald Trump to serve as the next president of the United States. The American public did. Like it or not, Mr. Trump is our official President-elect,

The lower priority of higher education

on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Folks in higher education are supposed to be smart – right? So, my question is why have they (we) in South Carolina allowed higher education to become a lower priority than it ought to be? There is not one simple answer because there is no

Our system comes with no guarantees

on Tuesday, 10 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the

2016 was a bad year for network TV

on Tuesday, 03 January 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana The year 2016 will go down as one in which Americans turned on the establishment and put a non-politician in the White House. The masses also rejected mainstream

SC political corruption Part 1: Jim Merrill

on Tuesday, 27 December 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble A year or so ago, I was driving around Charleston with a member of the S.C. Legislature talking about various people, problems and politics in the Statehouse. My friend is a long-time legislator and one of the most decent and honorable

Hey South Carolina, what’s the plan?

on Tuesday, 20 December 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Over the last week or so, the same basic story has appeared in all the major newspapers around the state: economists have projected that we as a state (i.e. the legislature) will have an additional $446 million to spend over the next

Why fake news is dangerous

on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet that had he

Saving S.C.’s natural treasures: the Edisto River

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Recently, I was invited to speak to the Friends of the Edisto and I met Hugo Krispyn who lives on the headwaters of the North Fork of the Edisto. He wrote this about the dangers facing the Edisto and other S.C. rivers. Before pavement was
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