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A dose of trivia to brighten your day

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was penned by beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein. Brenda Lee was only 13 when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” When asked why he chose the name Piggly Wiggly, founder Clarence Saunders said, “So

SC’s nuclear scandal, politicians and clean/dirty hands

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble For a columnist like me, the state’s nuclear scandal is the gift that keeps on giving. It is no exaggeration to say that there could be a column every week (or several times a week) on the growing scandal – and it’s likely to be so for mont

You just gotta laugh at these

on Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Here are some humorous headlines shared by Ed Henniger in his blog, hennigerconsulting.com Survivor of Siamese twins joins parents Iraqi head seeks arms Stud tires out Prostitutes appeal to Pope Soviet virgin lands short of goal again Reagan wins on

Charlottesville: What you can do now

on Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Most everyone was outraged by what happened in Charlottesville. If you are in that tiny sliver of humanity that was not outraged, well… It is only human to react by asking, “What can I do?” The Southern Poverty Law Center has been successfu

State revenues sputter along, continuing recent trend of slowing growth

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

COLUMBIA – During state government’s fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017, General Fund revenues increased slightly over 2016 revenues, bringing in $7.582 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017 compared to $7.271 billion in FY 2016, an increase of $311 million.

Mama always said . . .

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

There are many things that our mamas said to us that we will always remember. I guess it’s because she repeated them so many times. Below are some sayings from my mom, as well as the moms of some of my co-workers: “You can do anything you set your mind to

Political ‘false choices’ are crippling our state

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Neil Robinson is a man who should be listened to. He is an eminent Charleston attorney with a prestigious statewide law firm. He is highly respected by his peers and community as testified by a wall crowded with commendations and accolades.

Open-government movement has come a long way

on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller It was ten years ago that I began developing plans for what would eventually become the state’s Fiscal Transparency Website -- one of the first such sites the country. The goal was to provide citizens easy access to d

Reasons for missing school

on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Students and teachers head back to school this week, so it won’t be long before teachers will start seeing absences. Following are some entertaining excuse notes from parents (with original spelling), collected by schools from all over the country. Note:

S.C.’s Nuclear Meltdown: What next, who pays?

on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Here’s the issue: SCANA (the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas) and Santee Cooper (the state-owned utility that provides power for 11 local electric co-ops) tried to build two nuclear reactors and failed. They just pulled t

Things of value are kept

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Faith, Opinions

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) Paul wrote, “…I have kept the faith.” We only keep things we value. Upstairs in my guest room is a bedroom suit

State spending, reality vs rhetoric

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Elisabeth Allen Statehouse politicians love to wax eloquent about the dangers of spending too much money on non-essential services – right before spending too much money on non-essential services. You could pick on a great number of lawmakers for this

Leave the Donald alone

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Donald Trump won the Presidency fair and square. Please let him run the country without liberal left wing interference, According to USA Today, twenty-nine percent of Americans do not trust the national news media. ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS and CNN have commu

Are these strange food combinations?

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I recently stumbled onto a website that listed strange food combinations enjoyed by people in our state. The article was written two years ago by Gwen Tennille. Banana and mayo sandwiches was first on her list. Nothing strange about that to me – I love ‘

We need to reinvent public education in SC

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Cindi Ross Scoppe is one of the most important people in South Carolina. And, she has recently put forward one of the most important ideas for this state – perhaps the most important – for the last generation or so. Now I know that sounds l
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