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The sorry state of women in our state

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble It has always been a source of great bewilderment to me the huge hypocritical gulf between how we as Southern men talk about women – and how we treat them. Our historic culture is that we put women on a pedestal, we dress them in hoop skirts

Simple, easy and wrong answers for S.C.

on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” H. L. Mencken The South Carolina Legislature seems to live by this.

The biggest pension loser

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Hannah Hill for TheNerve.org The State published a story with the headline “SC pension deal will hit cities, counties, schools hard.” It’s referring to the astronomical increase in employer contributions to the state pension fund. The bill, now signed

Tax reform would bring real relief to South Carolina

on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Don Weaver With tax day now behind us, it is worth reminding the taxpaying public and federal lawmakers of the woeful state of the American tax code. For starters, Congress hasn’t significantly reformed the tax code in more than 30 years. Taxes on A

Leapfrog progress for S.C.? Focus on innovation/digital

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble For hundreds of years, we in Western society have thought about things with a lineal and increment mind set. Progress – in society, commerce, science, engineering, etc., – was believed to be something that happens sequentially, usually slowl

Memorial Day 2017 ‘Play it again, Uncle Sam’

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Christopher Kelly Memorial Day this year calls on all Americans with particular significance. It calls on us to look backward at our past and forward to the many uncertainties and challenges facing our nation overseas. Important anniversaries over the

The budget process remains broken

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating... for a week. A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over f

S.C. Education: the good, the bad and the hopeful

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble There is probably no other topic that has been the subject of this column more often than education. And the reason is very simple: if we don’t fix education in this state, nothing else really matters. The road to a prosperous future for So

Plastic bags, SC’s home rule and dying oceans

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Over the 40 years that I have known her, I have come to have great respect for my wife’s political antenna. When she says something about a politician or an issue, I have learned that it’s best to pay attention. My wife is not a political j

Disaster relief depends on secure supply chains

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

By Emily Lord A FedEx warehouse might save your life. When hurricanes are approaching, FedEx allows the Red Cross to stock emergency supplies in its warehouses. By pre-positioning these supplies, disaster relief workers drastically reduce the time it tak

Health insurance vs. healthcare

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

By Armstrong Williams Since being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Trump has worked hard to deliver on the many campaign promises he made to the American people. And despite Democrats and even some Republicans challenging him at ever

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
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