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Clearance backlog threatens national security

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

By Michael James Barton Right now, more than 500,000 federal employees and government contractors are awaiting security clearances. That poses a serious threat. The enormous backlog of clearance applications prevents talented analysts, engineers, and cod

What is an Exchange Traded Fund

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

Exchange traded funds, also known as ETFs, are among the fastest-growing investment products in the financial services industry. Their popularity is due to the unique benefits that the ETF structure offers investors. ETFs are versatile trading and investm

My hiding place

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7 (In the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) As a child I remember playing Hide ‘n Seek. I am the oldest of eight and we

U.S. record levels of debt – who cares?

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Dr. Mark Hendrickson Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. Do you remember the band Chicago’s 1970 single, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” I thought of it the other day in connection with the U.S. debt problem, except

Did they really say that?

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

You’ve heard the expression “egg on your face.” Consider these rejections and comments on talent, business ideas and inventions: “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962. “A cook

S.C.’s nuclear scandal ‘legal’ bribery, silence

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble With each new revelation, our state’s ongoing scandal of SCANA, Santee Cooper and their political dealing is providing new insights into how thoroughly corrupt our state’s political system has become. What we are learning is really disgustin

How America’s natural gas will help countries meet their Paris commitments

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Merrill Matthews While critics bemoan President Trump’s decision to pull out of ­– or renegotiate – the Paris climate agreement, the United States has been reducing its greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade. And now the country is poised to he

A bit of humor with a dab of wisdom

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory. Abstinence is a good thing if practiced in moderation. If pride comes before a fall, humility should come by winter. The first five days after the weekend are the hardest. Ants are healthy because the

Do we have state sanctioned ‘child abuse’ in S.C?

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Suppose you had a neighbor next door that did not adequately feed their children; and they did not provide adequate health care to them; and they did not provide their children with the economic support needed to have a decent life; and the

The book of Ruth

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in Faith, Opinions

“When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.” (Ruth 1:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) The Book of Ruth is a small book (only 4 chapters) in the Old Testament that is a story of a young wido

Total eclipse provided a welcome distraction

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

For a period of a few weeks, the news seemed like it couldn’t get any worse. North Korean military exercises triggered new fears of nuclear war. Racism and violence in Virginia shook the country. Protests by so-called “anti-fascists” resulted in assaults

September days are here

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“September days are here With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson Welcome September! This month boasts more than 150 monthly holidays. One that appeals to me is “Be Kind To Editors & Writers Month.” I just thought

S.C.’s nuclear scandal, political corruption and accountability

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble The current scandal of SCANA’s (S.C. Electric and Gas parent company) and Santee Cooper’s nuclear debacle is arguably the biggest scandal in our state’s history in the last 100 years. It involves over $9 billion in wasted money which millio

Defensive versus cyclical stocks

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

erry Grice During times of economic volatility, it’s not uncommon to hear the terms “cyclical” and “defensive” used in reference to stocks. But what exactly do these terms mean? The terms cyclical and defensive refer to how sensitive a company’s stock p

Music therapy

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

“Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) The medical world has picked up on something that Go
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