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Questions to ask when hiring a tax preparer

on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

Alexandria, VA – Asking the right questions can make a big difference when hiring a tax preparer. It helps ensure that you are getting a qualified professional who knows the tax code and will act ethically and responsibly in filing your tax return.

How to tell if Congress is working again

on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separate

Signs of the times

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Several readers have shared this collection of clever signs:

Registration of journalists bill laughable

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

I confess. I had more fun responding to inquiries about Mike Pitts’ (R-Laurens) journalist registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press or personal freedoms. A client called and asked what the

Paper or plastic, and ‘Glocal’ issues

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Written by Phil Noble Posted in Opinions

A few years ago my company did some work for the city and mayor of Barcelona, Spain, developing innovative Internet and new technology strategies. Both the city and the mayor were wonderful. I thought about them today when I read an article in my local

Wise words from Ben Franklin

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Following are maxims from Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack.” At age 27, Franklin published his almanack under the pseudonym “Richard Saunders.” It became very popular and he continued publishing every year for the next 26 years.

Can Trump beat Hillary?

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Most Americans are pleased that Donald Trump has aroused the anger and frustrations of the ineffective Obama administration. Trump’s rancorous rhetoric actually portrays the same frustrations that all the GOP candidates feel about the Democrats’ rush

Unfair alimony laws

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I am writing concerning the unfair permanent alimony laws in South Carolina. There is an unjust weight being placed on those forced to pay permanent alimony. When the law says “permanent alimony” it means that this payment is for the rest of your life

What it will take to address income inequality

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Opinions

When the history of this year’s presidential campaign is written, one of its more remarkable features will be that candidates of both parties feel it necessary to talk about income inequality. Surely that makes this a watershed moment. The issue is hardly

Goodbyes to Dr. Stukes, Chrissy

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

My condolences go out to the families of two beloved Florentines who passed on to Glory last week. Dr. Joe Stukes died on Jan. 12. He was 88 years old. A former history professor at Francis Marion University, Dr. Stukes was well-known in our community for

New year, old tricks from EPA

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in Opinions

As we begin a new year, one would hope that the Obama administration made a new year’s resolution of allowing congress to do its job and not allowing unelected bureaucrats to regulate through administrative fiat. However, it seems this year will be full o

Blessings from Father Haros

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Dear brothers and sisters of Florence, Two weekends ago, I was blessed to preside over what I pray becomes an annual event for our city. As part of our celebration for the Feast of Epiphany, the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church gathered

Saving lives, computers and guns

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Written by Phil Noble Posted in Opinions

Back in the late 1990s, my company developed the first Internet strategy for the Ministry of Health in Australia. In all honesty, we really didn’t know much about what we were doing, but I learned one thing: with technology, the right incentives and

Everyone deserves a ‘red letter day’

on Wednesday, 13 January 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I found these familiar phrases and their origins on Little Known Facts website. I hope you enjoy.

FCD Foundation thanks the community

on Wednesday, 13 January 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Another Christmas season has passed and the generosity of so many volunteers from businesses, clubs and churches was overwhelming for Florence County Disabilities Foundation’s annual “Making a Difference at Christmas” gift project. Over 750 gifts were
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