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Columns

  • Back-row view of state spending problems

    We sit on the back row of the S.C. Senate, with a fairly good view of the good, the bad and the ugly in our state’s government.
    One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. But more important than party affiliation is a  commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That’s why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies.

  • Protect the votes of those who protect our freedom to vote

    Although there’s no way to adequately express our thanks to the men and women who have made sacrifices in defending our nation, South Carolinians have always believed in doing our part to return the favor.
    I dare say that nowhere in America, nowhere in the world, will you find more patriotic citizens than right here in South Carolina – people who understand that freedom comes at great cost, and who offer their gratitude and support to those who serve.

  • Our country is losing its precious values

    In the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, I have begun to ask myself, once again, can the center hold?
    Some years ago, I discovered the lines of William Butler Yeats in his poem, “The Second Coming,” which he wrote in 1919 just after World War I. These lines from its first stanza haunt me to this day.
    “… Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned,

  • S.C. House approves tort reform bill, again

    The fifth week of the legislative session is over and the House has already passed four major conservative government reforms.
    We approved a state law requiring roll call voting in the General Assembly that reinforces the House rule that requires it in our chamber. We approved the Voter ID legislation, supported by 83 percent of Americans, to require a photo identification be shown at the polls. We approved new requirements that our public colleges and universities be more transparent in how they spend your tax – and tuition – dollars.

  • Educate yourself now about proposed landfill

    Guest Column

    Gary Horton

    Everyone should know these facts about the proposed sanitary landfill on Mineral Mining Road.

    Footprint size – 250 acres

    Amount of trash allowed per year – 1.2 million tons (or 2.4 billion pounds)

    Height allowed - unlimited

    But there’s more we need to know, much more research we need to do, in the six months before Griffin Brothers tries again to get permission to stick the landfill here.

  • Chamber encourages all citizens to vote

    Guest Column

    James Morton

    Not another election. I am sure, like me, you too have had this thought at some point when you see candidate signs popping up all around the county. 

    I am also sure it is easy to choose to dismiss an election to fill an unexpired term of a seat that will have a little over a year remaining of a four-year term.

  • Gregory instrumental in creating ‘Pat’s Law’

    When my sister was murdered in 2003, she was killed by an intentionally set house fire. The women who murdered my sister received a 25-year sentence for killing her. They also received 25 years for burning her house.
    The sentences would be served at the same time and they would only have to serve about 85 percent of the sentence. In other words, they would only have to serve a little more than 21 years for killing my sister and burning her house. They were not eligible for the death penalty because arson was not considered a weapon used in a violent crime.

  • Gregory instrumental in creating ‘Pat’s Law’

    When my sister was murdered in 2003, she was killed by an intentionally set house fire. The women who murdered my sister received a 25-year sentence for killing her. They also received 25 years for burning her house.
    The sentences would be served at the same time and they would only have to serve about 85 percent of the sentence. In other words, they would only have to serve a little more than 21 years for killing my sister and burning her house. They were not eligible for the death penalty because arson was not considered a weapon used in a violent crime.

  • ‘Been there, done that’ means something more in this election

    The events of the last two weeks of 2010 for me personally were a surprise to me as well as a disappointment. After much thought and consultation, I decided it was necessary to withdraw from the S.C. District 16 Senate race. Rest assured that no one feels the regret more than me.
    However, as this moment fades into the past, I feel it is important to focus on the goals and objectives that initially drew me to candidacy in this race.

  • Washington: Crazy as you possibly think

    I’ve been struggling with a way to best summarize my first month as a new Congressman.  After all, it has been extraordinarily busy at many levels, from committee assignments to our first meetings, to getting our first district office open, to starting the weekly commute back and forth (and the special fun of trying to fly home during a blizzard).