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Column: S.C. must start expecting more of itself

Recently, I was talking with a Columbia woman who works with government contracting on the local, state and national level. She has built a multimillion-dollar business, and she runs it with honesty and integrity.
In talking about her work with S.C. state government, she said something that stopped me dead in my tracks. “State government has become so corrupt on every level,” she said, “and it’s been that way for so long that people just accept it as business as usual – just the way it is.”


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Column: The Postal Service is in trouble, and we need Congress to fix it

I got the mail today.
A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?)
Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow.


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Column: Rep. Clyburn’s earmarked road projects trump state priority list

Last week, the S.C. Transportation Commission voted to spend $21.5 million in federal money on a list of projects associated with Congressman Jim Clyburn.
The commission-approved project list looks very different from the state Department of Transportation’s road project priority list, however. It includes, for example, $11.5 million for a Main Street revitalization project in Sumter and about $360,000 for pedestrian facilities in Anderson – neither of which are anywhere on DOT’s priority list.


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Column: Why is legislature spending $94K on spiffy men’s suits?

The S.C. General Assembly spends thousands of dollars on men’s suits, a review by The Nerve has found.
Since 2007, over $94,000 of public money has been spent at several high-end clothing stores, including Cahaly’s Custom Clothing, Bill Owings Custom Clothing, Joseph A. Banks, and Lourie and Sons Fine Men’s Clothing.
Since 2007, the first reported year, the Senate has spent a total of $42,103 at these stores, and the House has spent $52,576. In 2015-16 alone, the Senate spent $7,139 at Cahaly’s, and the House spent $5,198 at Joseph A. Banks.


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Column: Yes, Trump has been unkind, but I will never vote for Hillary

It’s really getting difficult to understand the frame of mind people are in these days.
Someone recently stated in the opinion section of our paper that Donald Trump was unqualified to be the president because of some mean, unkind remarks he made about several people. Well, I will admit that politics has evolved into a mean-spirited, dog-eat-dog mentality, and that Mr. Trump did say some ugly things.


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Column: What happened and what didn’t in 2016 legislative session

Avoiding bad roads and bad drivers while motoring in South Carolina can be maddening. A senator who defends people charged with DUI says his clients used to be stopped for weaving along the road. Now he says it’s the sober drivers who are weaving and the drunks are driving straight through the potholes.


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A few thoughts about the healthy rhetoric of disagreement

Column: ‘Right wing nut’? I actually prefer conservative kook

I noticed two letters in Wednesday’s paper responding to one of my columns, and I wanted to share these thoughts with my critics.
Neil Couch and Jim McManus take exception to my opinion, and I would just like to say that that is really all right. I even encourage them to continue. What I felt from them was both dislike and disagreement.


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Column: New evidence that S.C. is changing

In sports, the Gamecocks wear garnet and black, and Clemson wears orange and purple. In politics, South Carolina is red and deep red.
These are self-evident truths. Things that just are.
While the garnet and orange will probably last until the Second Coming, the red in South Carolina politics is changing – and changing faster than most folks think.


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Column: Now’s the time to help lawns recover from summer stress

As summer fades into fall, it’s time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.


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Column: I’m grateful to 3 officers for help in bad situation

I would like to thank Sgt. Jeremy Lear with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, who was called to my home for a situation. All I can say is you are amazing, and I am grateful for you! Thank you for taking the time to listen and carefully make your decision for the wellbeing of the child.
I will forever say God sent the right sergeant to my house that day. Sgt. Lear, you have a new friend.


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