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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

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
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