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Columns

  • Column: Stop yelling ‘fire’ in the political theater

    A man tried to kill Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, but thanks to the quick action of Capitol Hill police, a slaughter was averted.
    It appears that the shooter asked who was practicing, Democrats or Republicans, and when he was told Republicans, he began his rampage.
    Before I say more, let me state that I do not blame a particular party for this event. But I do think there are some behaviors that are indirectly and partially at fault.

  • Column: Paris Accord not needed, and it hurts our economy

    The Paris Accord and the threat of climate change were pushed from the headlines last week by James Comey and the soap opera that provided no bubbles, but I feel we need to take an analytical look at the accord and why President Trump decided to take us out of the mix.
    Here’s what the president said during his June 1 announcement: “We’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair.”

  • Column: Norman’s affinity for Trump good reason to back Parnell for House

    On June 20, the citizens of South Carolina¹s 5th Congressional District have an opportunity to send a message to the country.
    Are the people of this district content to sit silently by and watch a president embarrass himself and the nation, undermine our most important alliances, level unsupported charges against a former president, make baseless claims of voter fraud, and continually tell lies to the press and the public?

  • Column: McMaster, Trump and saving the planet (and state)

    On Saturday morning, June 3, the newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up, I saw the headline, “McMaster backs Trump’s exit from climate accord.”
    Instantly, I remembered the words from a radio interview the day before with English businessman Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines and Records et. al) about President Donald Trump’s action. He said, “When the leaders won’t lead, the people will have to just get on with saving the planet; we have no choice.”

  • Column: Study shows why state’s pension fund is so troubled

    Legislators finalized a budget deal this week that was thought to have patched up the underfunded public employees’ pension plan. While it goes some way to addressing funding, it doesn’t do much to address the fund’s investing and spending.

  • Column: Why I’m not voting for Ralph Norman

    Hm! U.S. House District 5 Republican candidate Ralph Norman is endorsed by the Koch brothers’ Club for Growth super PAC. He voted against relief aid to South Carolina farmers who had major crop damage during the 2015 floods and against an infrastructure bill that would improve South Carolina roads and transportation.
    And the police officers – are you kidding me? He voted against workers’ compensation if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Column: To leapfrog progress for S.C., focus on innovation/digital

    For hundreds of years, we in Western society have thought about things with a linear and incremental mindset. Progress – in society, commerce, science, engineering, etc. – was believed to be something that happens sequentially, usually slowly, with one step leading to another. This mindset is embedded in how we think about things and express ourselves – “steady as she goes… one step at a time… the tortoise wins the race.”

  • Column: Parnell would work to counter the divisiveness in Washington

    Congress today is hyper-partisan, divisive, shallow, parochial, corrupted by money, driven by special interest, dominated by career politicians, poisoned by personal attacks, disrespectful of the voters, focused on the short term and rigidly ideological.
    I believe Archie Parnell should be in Congress because he is none of these things.
    Most people in South Carolina have never heard of him. He gained a bit of name recognition once he decided to run for Congress in the 5th District special election, which is June 20.

  • Column: Where do District 5 candidates stand on House health-care bill?

    During this fast-paced special election in South Carolina’s Upstate, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with civic and business leaders, AARP members, health-care providers and the political candidates to talk about why the 5th Congressional District race is so important to folks 50 years of age and older.

  • Column: Lawmakers have no excuse for lengthy budget delays

    The legislative session and the special extended session have ended, and we still don’t have a state budget.
    Currently the budget sits in a conference committee, where lawmakers seem to be agonizing over the differences between the House’s $27.41 billion spending plan and the Senate’s $27.42 billion spending plan. There are a few minor differences in how the money is spent, but lawmakers aren’t saying what particular policy area is responsible for the holdup.
    So what are they blaming?