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Columns

  • Column: S.C. agencies have amassed $484M in budget surpluses

    As S.C. lawmakers plan to push a massive borrowing bill next year, they likely won’t publicly talk about the fat reserves that some state agencies have accumulated – including their own chambers.
    State agencies collectively carried over $484.5 million in general funds into the fiscal year that started July 1, according to S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s year-end report on fiscal 2017-18.

  • Column: Who is running the country as Trump creates endless havoc?

    After the latest turmoil in Washington regarding Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and others close to our president, I think now is definitely the time for change in our federal government.
    Soon, I believe, the evidence will emerge proving President Trump to be a liar, a womanizer, a bully, and a person who colluded with the Russians in order to become president. Mr. Trump wants to be the center of everyone’s attention and likes to have everything done his way. If not, he tends to create havoc.

  • Candidate's Column: 2 big things I would fix in tax code

    There are so many things wrong with our tax code, and most politicians try to capitalize on this by making broad generalizations and promises that they can’t possibly deliver. I’m not going to do that.
    Instead, today I’d like to talk about two things you might not realize about our current tax code and how, together, we can change them.

  • Column: Don’t dismiss criticism of FDR policies in Depression

    In his most recent column, Keith Grey took exception to Chandler Norville’s characterization of FDR’s New Deal policies.
    I suggest that Mr. Grey should take the time to read the very detailed analysis contained in “FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression,” published in 2003 by Jim Powell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank.

  • Column: Mormon church creates IL ward

    Aug. 12 was an exciting day for local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the church created its very first ward in Indian Land.
    A “ward” in the Mormon church is similar to a congregation in other religious organizations and represents a specific geographic area. A ward usually consists of about 500 members.
    On that same day, a new Fort Mill Stake was created. A “stake” is similar to a diocese in other religious organizations and represents several wards.

  • Column: Let’s shed tribal labels, all live our best values

    I am responding the Aug. 24 guest column by Chandler Norville headlined “I fear that young conservatives will get lost in a sea of liberals.”  
    As an American, I resent labels that do nothing more than divide and keep us from listening to each other. The Democrats I know are great proponents of fact-based policies.
    Mr. Norville might be surprised to learn that my beliefs include liberal, moderate and even some conservative ideas. I do not have anything against conservative values well-lived, nor do I wish to take these values from anyone.

  • Column: Why James Smith is one of my favorite candidates for governor

    I wish I could remember the moment, like I can so vividly with Henry McMaster, when I first became impressed by James Smith. I can’t.
    I don’t have a store of great stories about him. I can’t even recall the first time I met him.

  • Column: Criticism of FDR, characterizing of Democrats’ positions off base

    I appreciate Chandler Norville’s Aug. 24 response to my previous column and, while I don’t think he needs to fear being “lost in a sea of young liberals,” I do believe he needs to research a few things and cite his sources.

  • Column: Complicated, dragged-out process for filling PSC seat

    An incumbent state Public Service Commission member, a past commissioner and an ex-PSC attorney are among six candidates who have applied for a PSC seat in a “do-over” election imposed by lawmakers in May.
    The former PSC attorney, who dropped out of a May race for another PSC seat, recently moved so she could run for the open seat, a state government spokesman confirmed this week to The Nerve. State law requires no minimum time to live in a particular district to be a PSC candidate.

  • Column: Officials sharply cut investment, job targets for Element factory

    Element TV, which announced this month that it will close its television assembly plant in Fairfield County, had to create far fewer jobs than originally promised under a $1.3 million state grant, records obtained by The Nerve show.

    The Minnesota-based company hadn’t maintained even the reduced job target as of last week. But it won’t have to repay any of the grant, according to a state Commerce Department official.