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Column: Peculiar thing called ‘the South Carolina mind’

In 1929, Gaffney native W.J. Cash wrote his seminal book “The Mind of the South.”
Every subsequent attempt to understand the mind (and soul) of the South necessarily starts with this book. It has been so since it was written and will probably continue to be so for generations to come. It is that good.
The premise of Cash’s book is that there is a distinctive Southern mind, and I believe there is also a “sub-species” native to the Palmetto State that we could call the South Carolina mind.


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Column: I pray Trump cuts the roots of evil – judges, bureaucrats

The Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 Word of the Year is post-truth. It is an adjective “denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  Emotion and feeling are the source of facts today. So now you can have your truths, and I can have mine.
The American bureaucracy is an example of post-truth because it has been poisoned with liberal false science, false news and personal beliefs. Universities are not teaching students to think, but what to think.


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Column: Busy first few weeks in House

Since I was elected to the vacant House District 45 seat, the last few weeks have been busy ones, both for myself as well as the General Assembly and the state as a whole.
This is the first of many updates I will be providing about what’s going on at the State House, as well as what I’m doing to represent the people of this region.


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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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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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