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Column: S.C. marriage bill has feeble underpinnings

By Athena Redmond

In December 2014, a bill was introduced in the S.C. Senate by Larry Grooms of District 37 and Danny Verdin of District 9. The bill asks Congress to hold a convention of the states for the sole purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to allow states to define and regulate marriage.
This bill arrived in the Senate one month after the Supreme Court agreed to review a same-sex marriage case because the circuit courts had given conflicting rulings on the constitutionality of marriages of this variety. A ruling on the case would set a national legal precedent.

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Column: Why is USC storing water purchased for flood victims?

One of the University of South Carolina’s biggest embarrassments of recent years is currently hiding another.


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Column: Congressional candidate makes case for change

Editor’s note: Ray Craig, a Republican from Lake Wylie running in the June 14 primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land, spoke to the Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Department on Monday. Here are some excerpts.


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Column: Think about effects of Democratic ideas

OK, Bernie and Hillary supporters. Consider this.
Why do you want a free or no-debt college degree? To get a better job. Why do you want a better job? To make a better wage. But why have a better job and higher wage in the Bernie and Hillary economy, where if you do succeed you don’t get to keep that higher wage? You become a cash cow for those who want things for free.
After a while people will figure out that the more they work, the more they pay, and soon they will stop working and just settle for the free stuff.


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Column: Education, technology, creativity key to S.C.

Etc are three little letters we run across most every day. We hardly notice them. But when it comes to South Carolina and our future, ‘etc’ can be a real disaster or it can be our great hope.
Confused? Let me explain.
Etc (usually written with a period at the end as etc.) is short for et cetera, a Latin phrase that the Cambridge Dictionary defines as “and other similar things.” Another way of thinking about etc is “more of the same.”


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Column: Prom season prompts blitz to keep youth from drinking

South Carolina during April will mount a coordinated effort to eliminate access to alcohol by young people under age 21, striving to ensure a safe prom season and end to the school year.
The program will involve law enforcement, alcohol-abuse prevention specialists and other community members throughout the state, joining to increase enforcement of the state’s laws and to launch a public education blitz.


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Column: For Sardelli, looking back helps him move forward

Christopher Sardelli reported for The Lancaster News from 2008 until last week, when he left for a communications job in Charlotte. In March he was named the S.C. Press Association’s weekly journalist of the year.  


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Column: A day to honor our doctors

Health care is always changing, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform. But there is one constant: physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care, whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic.
From the days of Hippocrates, doctors have held the fate of their fellow human beings in their hands – and certainly in their hearts.


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Column: Don’t give lobbyists power to collect tax

An outrageous bill is moving through the S.C. legislature, proposing to give the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) power to collect the business license tax and even to assign the tax rates.
MASC is a lobbying entity comprised of city officials who pay dues from the city coffers, but it isn’t a government agency and has no accountability to the public. In a nutshell, taxpayers have no choice about funding MASC activities and no control over them.


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Column: I’m so proud of this county and its voters

I stood in the county building last Tuesday night, watching voting results come in, watching precinct after precinct say, “Yes! We want to make our schools better for our students and teachers.”
I stood there, thinking, “I’m so lucky to be in a county with people who support our schools, who value our teachers, who believe in the power of education, not just for their children, but for every child in our county.”


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