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Columns

  • We need to thank Mississippi voters

    Too often in South Carolina we find our state ranked near the bottom of  some list of the 50 states’ social and economic indexes. The response is often “thank God for Mississippi,” in that somehow we are consoled that at least one state is below us in the rankings.

  • Holiday wishes from your S.C. House representative

    Tis the season and I will soon return to Columbia for my fourth year as your S.C. House District 45 representative. I want to humbly thank you for the honor of serving you and let you know how much your trust and confidence means to me each and every day.
    Here’s some good news: South Carolina is ending the year on a brighter economic note than it began. Indicators in the past few months have rendered several encouraging economic forecasts for South Carolina.
    S.C. economy recovering

  • Keep Christ in Christmas

    Christmas is a special time to be with family and remind them how much we love them.
    A time to be thankful for our blessings. A time to set aside differences and show good will toward men.
    A time to remember the plight of those less fortunate, and extend a helping hand to those who might be struggling – even if it means simply reaching into our pockets and pulling out a couple of dollars to drop in the Salvation Army’s famous red kettles perched outside grocery and department stores.

  • Humane Society needs your help to build rescue facility

    I want to let you know that I am tired and literally heartsick of seeing so many homeless and unwanted pets every day. Tired of knowing that in the end, at this particular time, there is not much we can do to save them, or at least to save as many as we would like to.

  • Celebrating Christmas without your loved one is very difficult

    For the past five years, each Christmas has been celebrated without the presence of my Daddy. His sudden passing in the fall of 2006 after a diagnosis of terminal cancer left us facing the Christmas and New Year holidays without him.

  • South Carolina should not fear competition

    Last week, the South Carolina Senate undertook the clearly political exercise unprecedented in South Carolina history of subpoenaing my staff to ask them questions about my office’s involvement in DHEC’s granting of a permit for the dredging of the Savannah port. They concluded, unequivocally, what we had said all along: Neither I nor anyone who works for me played a role in this decision one way or another.

  • Show concern for Americans this Christmas

    As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods – merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
    This year will be different. This year, Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes, there is!

  • Seth playing on Jesus’ football team every day

    Words cannot begin to express the love and support you have given our family. Your prayers have lifted us up, your stories have made us laugh and your love will help carry us through. God gave us the privilege of knowing Seth.

  • Thanksgiving turkey wars, politics, and the main thing

    Many years ago as a small boy sitting at a crowded and noisy Thanksgiving dinner, I learned a valuable lesson about turkey, politics and priorities. It is a lesson that our national and state politicians have yet to learn – and it’s hurting all of us.

  • Good prescription, wrong malady

    According to a recent poll by CBS News, congressional approval is currently at 9 percent. Playing off the Occupy Wall Street movement, are you one of the 91 percent?