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Columns

  • Guest Column: Big DOT payouts for pothole claims

    In January 2016, a driver swerved around a pothole on Bate Harvey Road in York County, crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle, court records show.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation last year paid, through the state Insurance Reserve Fund, $150,000 in damages and $26,592 in legal expenses to defend the agency in that case, according to IRF records.

  • Guest Column: Killing GOP primary just plain dumb

    As I wrestle with how to most clearly express my opinion on the decision to cancel next year’s S.C. Republican presidential primary, one word comes to mind: Dumb.
    For those who don’t know, here’s background: On Sept. 7 the executive committee of the S.C. Republican Party, by voice vote, changed the party rules in order to forgo a 2020 presidential primary, which likely would have been held in February. This means South Carolina’s 50 votes at next summer’s National Republican Convention will be automatically cast for President Trump.

  • Guest Column: San Francisco wrongheaded about NRA

    California has been long known to be a land of fruits, nuts and flakes.
    Current events indicate that nothing has changed. In fact, the situation appears to have deteriorated significantly.
    The action taken by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco on Sept. 3 clearly demonstrates that the human feces that have become so widespread on the streets of this once beautiful city have made their way into the chambers of the board.

  • Guest Column: S.C. needs to defend Electoral College

    How should we elect the president of the United States?
    This was a settled question for most of American history, but today the system is under attack. A California-based campaign wants to throw out the old rules and replace them with a system that would benefit the biggest cities, dismiss small states like South Carolina and create new opportunities for stolen elections.

  • Guest Column: Public agencies in S.C. spend $1M to lobby state officials

    For the first half of this year, North Myrtle Beach agreed to pay a total of $120,000 to a lobbying firm to “work with” the legislature and governor’s office on the city’s behalf, including a push for a law allowing a local sales tax for infrastructure projects, according to a retainer agreement.

  • Guest Column: Senior year coincides with 9/11 anniversary

    At my house we are entering another senior year. As senior years go, I consider myself fairly experienced. I’ve relished in and endured a handful so far (if we’re counting my own and my husband’s). And that’s only high school. College is another story.
    But this senior year is special, and not just because my last and final child is (hopefully) graduating in the spring. This senior year is special because of what happened to all of us 18 years ago.

  • Guest Column: Southern 500 getting plenty of tax dollars

    The thousands of fans who attended the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this month aren’t the only folks supporting the annual NASCAR race.
    For years, taxpayers have subsidized the private stock-car racetrack dubbed “The Track Too Tough to Tame.” State comptroller general records, for example, show that the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) has paid the raceway a collective $500,000 since fiscal 2010, including $150,000 – the single-highest annual amount – last fiscal year.

  • Guest Column: As a child, I watched Dr. Rucker, and I wanted to be just like him

    Icon. Legend. Luminary. Giant. When I think of Dr. Douglas Rucker, those are the words that come to my mind.
    I grew up at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church, and one thing was constant – Dr. Rucker sitting on the third pew from the back every Sunday.
    Never one to cause a scene. Always humble and courteous, no matter the status that he attained in life. He had the vision and ability to make things happen, often for the benefit of the church and the public, his family and his business, Rucker Denistry.

  • Guest Column: Many hands in cookie jars for S.C. pensions, health insurance

    When it comes to receiving taxpayer-funded state retirement and health-insurance benefits, lots of folks have their hands out – and it’s not just government employees.
    Certain nonprofit organizations and quasi-government groups participate in the state pension and health-insurance systems, which mainly cover state, county and local government agencies, according to records provided to The Nerve by the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), which administers those programs.

  • Guest Column: Orange-vest rallies take voters’ concerns to Norman, Graham

    Forty-five constituents of Congressman Ralph Norman’s 5th District, wearing orange vests to symbolize their overall dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump, rallied in front of Norman’s Rock Hill office Aug. 27.
    They wanted to let the congressman know their point of view on gun violence in South Carolina and the nation.
    The majority of the group was from Lancaster County’s Panhandle, but also included about 10 from Lancaster, two from Kershaw and three from North Carolina.