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Column: Leaning on divine guidance

God desires to lead and direct his people. He told David, "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye" (Psalm 32:8).


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Column: How did state’s pension system end up broken?

Last month, a state House and Senate panel offered its solutions to fix South Carolina’s pension system, which is anywhere from $20 billion to $74 billion in debt, depending on whom you ask. What isn’t being discussed much now is how the pension system got this bad, likely because a lot of legislative leaders have overseen its decline.
There are a lot of reasons for this fiasco. Two of the biggest are poor investments and an unreasonably high assumed rate of return.


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Temporary travel ban targets only dangerous countries

Column: Trump maligned, misrepresented

I have been accused of defending Donald Trump, and I suppose I do, because the president is trying to accomplish certain goals with which I agree.
The idea of making this country greater, safer and stronger does appeal to me. His methods of achieving that goal have been largely maligned and misrepresented in the press and by those who hate Trump on a personal level.
Trump has been called xenophobic for his so-called ban on Muslim immigrants. This is not a Muslim or a religious ban.


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Column: What’s the official state waste of time?

South Carolina, like most states, has a state flag, a state flower (Yellow Jessamine), a state bird (Carolina Wren) and not one but two state songs (“Carolina” and “South Carolina on My Mind”).
Dum Spiro Spero is one of our two state mottoes. Now, if House Bill 3078 should pass, that Latin phrase (“While I breathe, I hope”) would also become the official state anthem. An anthem is supposed to have a tune, right? The bill provides no music.


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It’s time for S.C. to ditch its long-held inferiority complex

Column: Changing our ‘back of the pack’ mentality

South Carolina is unique. We are not like other states – partly because of our history, our culture and our politics.
One of our historic legacies is what one writer called our debilitating inferiority complex. It is best summed up by the often-heard phrase “if it’s a list of good things, we are on the bottom, and if it’s a list of bad things, we are on the top.” Put another way, “thank God for Mississippi,” as they always seem to be worse off than we are.


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Column: Overcoming what divides our country

I am narrow-minded. Some would use different words, such as bigoted, prejudiced, exclusive or hateful.
But please hear me out before you make that judgment.
There is an unquestionable, obvious divide in our country. This divide has been identified in several different ways: racial, political, ideological, philosophical, religious, etc. I would agree that you can certainly identify each of these divides in our contemporary culture.


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Column: Fascinating tidbits about S.C.

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for all things South Carolina – our history, politics, people, culture, places, food – everything.
And since we are such a wonderful – and weird – state, there is an awful lot to know and always something new to learn.


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Record year in 2016, more coming

Column: Lancaster leads state in repaving

OK, so touting that one is tops in road maintenance in South Carolina is akin to bragging that one owns the largest Chihuahua in the state.
However, when it came to road resurfacing in 2016, our county was the lead dog by miles.


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Column: Follow the example of Nineveh

In Matthew 12:41, Jesus Christ declared that the men of Nineveh “repented at the preaching of Jonas.”  

Nineveh was a great but wicked city of the Assyrian Empire. God commanded his prophet Jonah to go and “cry against it.”  

After disobeying God and nearly drowning for his defiance, Jonah confessed his sin and was given a second chance to fulfill his commission.   


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Column: Building a better health-care system

Eight years ago, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that we would have to pass the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in order to figure out what was in it.
Thanks to that irresponsible logic, the American people were forced into a health-care system that is unable to keep the promises on which it was sold.
We all remember President Obama’s mantra that if you liked your doctor you would keep them, that premiums and deductibles would go down, that we would have more insurance choices and that Medicare would be protected at all costs.


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