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Credibility of Pulitzer Prize takes a hit

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Drew Johnson After busting the New York Police Department for abusing a decades-old eviction law, nonprofit news organization ProPublica received a public service Pulitzer Prize. A powerful story of journalism in pursuit of justice, right? Not so fas

Farewell to the old Delmae

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It was sad for me to watch the demolition of Delmae Heights Elementary School. Good old Delmae was my alma mater. I started first grade there in 1957 – the year it opened. Back then we didn’t have public kindergarten. The school offered grades 1 through

Is the American dream alive or dead in South Carolina?

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble If you stop and really think about it, this is the most fundamental question one could ask about our state and nation. And the answer says a lot about the kind of people we are as a state and a nation. The American Dream is both very simple

Value investing

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Opinions

Two fundamental styles of investing – growth and value – historically have performed “countercyclically.” This means that when one style falls out of favor, the other typically becomes the preferred choice. Thanks to wide fluctuations in the stock market

The value of the Word of God

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Posted in Faith, Opinions

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Walking into an assisted living room of a dear saint of God reminded me of the importance of reading the Word of God. Rachel

Random thoughts and questions

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Did the South Carolina legislature accomplish anything this year? Same for U.S. Congress. Global warming/climate change? America is the second largest contributor next to China? Go hug a tree and get real. President Trump thinks political correctness su

The Lighthouse in need of AC

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The Veterans Resource Center of Florence is located in the Lighthouse Ministries building on Elm Street, here in Florence. Not too long ago the phone system in the building had to be replaced, which was a considerable expense. Shortly after, a heat pump w

Bloopers add humor to church bulletins

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Following is a little humor from church bulletins or announcements made during church services: Don’t let worry kill you off – let the church help. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir

International medical grads fill need for U.S hospitals

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Fred M. Jacobs Medical schools outside the United States have become critical to our nation’s healthcare system. One-quarter of the physicians currently practicing in America received their degrees abroad. Yet a number of domestic medical schools are

I-73 would be great, but we can’t afford it

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I have decided that I must have a Bugatti Chiron. It is the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious, exclusive production car ever. Never mind that it costs $3-million, a new set of tires probably cost $10,000 or more, an oil change likely $1,000, or more

Hat’s off to the City for downtown efforts

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I would like to compliment the City of Florence for your courageous undertaking in revitalizing your city center. We were traveling I-95 returning home to Florida after visiting family and decided to try something different from the box hotels that line o

Instant services have made us expect more

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Our lives have become so fast-paced – even here in the South – that we are becoming more and more impatient when things don’t happen quickly. Watch people at stoplights. If someone doesn’t step on the gas as soon as the light changes, they will be honked

The coding movement is sweeping the world

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding movement is sweeping the country. So, who is behind the coding movement? Let’s begin with t

Trump’s messaging strategy needs repealing

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The American people voted for Donald Trump primarily because he became their only option to defeat Hillary and her socialist agenda, not because they were enamored with his personality and style of communicating. The Democrats were in total disarray after

Cheers for our state snack – boiled peanuts

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While enjoying some salty boiled peanuts over the recent holiday, I wondered aloud who was the genius who decided that boiling a peanut might be tasty. “Probably happened during Civil War times,“ commented someone in my hearing. That certainly seemed like
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