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  • More housing = more traffic

    I couldn’t agree more with what Jane Tanner wrote in her April 2 guest column, “IL growth boom worrisome.” I think we have a lot to be nervous about with all the new homes being built in town.

    The total number of units Ms. Tanner listed in her column adds up to 2,428. If each of those homes brings two vehicles to the area, we’re looking at almost 5,000 more cars on our already crowded roads in the next year or two.

  • Instilling patriotism in today’s youth

    It’s often noted that today’s young people don’t have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did.

    Young people still love America and understand the importance of serving a cause greater than themselves. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that love of country and patriotic values aren’t instilled in young people today the way they were years ago.

  • Will S.C. miss the future?

    You may not know the name, but we in South Carolina need to listen to Larry Page. He is a very bright and very rich young man.

    A few years ago, he and his college roommate, Sergey Brin, started a little company with a funny name that has done right well. It’s called Google.

    In a recent interview, Page was asked about what makes companies grow and thrive or shrink and die. His response was simple. “Do they miss the future or do they get it?” he asked.

  • Definition of Obamacare success is puzzling

    President Barack Obama was celebrating the 7 million enrollees in Obamacare the other day with a speech in the Rose Garden. Here are a few excerpts from that speech that had me scratching my head.

    “This law is doing what it’s supposed to do! It’s working, it’s helping people coast to coast.

  • Remove Obamacare burden from Americans

    At this point, it’s already clear that Obamacare is doing far more harm than good. We’ve all become familiar with the soaring premiums, lost coverage and dismal sign-up numbers. 

    Families and young people are routinely being priced out of the market, hourly workers are seeing their workweeks slashed and individuals are losing access to their doctors.

  • Is Public Service Commission secretly approving rate hikes?

    From May 2005 through Oct. 30, 2013, the S.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) raised the average electric bill for SCE&G residential customers 21 times.

    From October 2005 through Jan. 1, the average bill for Duke Energy Carolinas residential customers using the same amount of electricity (1,000 kilowatt hours per month) was raised 14 times, The Nerve found in a review of rates published by the state Office of Regulatory Staff.

  • Advice for White House: Promise less, deliver more

    A few words of advice for the White House: “Promise less and deliver more.”

     By now, most people are aware that some of President Barack Obama’s bold claims about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, turned out to be untrue.

    That includes his repeated promise that “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.”

  • Help keep drunken drivers from cranking their ignitions

    On New Year’s Day 2012, Emma Longstreet was going to church with her family at 11 a.m. when a car ran a red light and slammed into their van, instantly killing Emma and critically injuring her mother, father and three brothers.

    After drinking until 5:30 a.m. and sleeping just a few hours that morning, the driver of the car, Billy Patrick Hutto Jr., still had a blood-alcohol concentration of almost 0.2, more than twice the legal limit.

  • IL growth boom worrisome

    I am really concerned about the big growth boom in Indian Land.

    Approved new developments coming include:

    u Queensbridge – 234 apartments and 249 homes on Collins Road

    u Retreat at Rayfield – 383 homes

    u Ansley Park – 36 homes and 130 townhomes on U.S. 521

    u Enclave at Bailes Ridge – 246 apartments on S.C. 160

    u Tree Tops – 800 homes, Van Wyck Road

    u Doby’s Bridge – 145 townhomes

    u Estates of Audubon Lakes – 125 homes at Barberville Road

  • Putin’s takeover akin to Hitler’s?

    Alice in Wonderland may forever give up her looking glass, because nothing in her world makes sense any longer.

    Oh, my! I must be living in Wonderland, because the same thing is happening in my world.

    How do the civilized nations of this world allow the Russian president to do as he pleases and do nothing but shake the proverbial big stick back at him?

    Here is a fictional scenario:

    PUTIN: I am reclaiming Crimea, because ethnic Russians want to come home.

    WORLD: OK, as long as you stop there.