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Columns

  • Column: What if Jesus ran against Trump?

    I was on the internet the other night and saw the following tweet: If Jesus showed up and ran for president in 2020 on the platform that human empathy and compassion are more important than personal wealth, do you think Donald Trump’s supporters would call him a liberal to his face or just behind his back?

  • Column: Scott: Changes will create new economic life for distressed

    The U.S. House this month passed the Jobs and Investor Confidence Act, which includes my Senate Bill 3040, the Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2018.
    The Credit Access and Inclusion Act will increase access to credit for nearly 29 million Americans who are creditworthy but “credit invisible.” It’s almost impossible to climb the economic ladder without a credit history, and this bill will eliminate that barrier for people who work hard and do the right thing.

  • Column: Gift for the friend who has everything – Fancy fowl!

    I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Kent Jewell for selling me two of the most beautiful and unusual chickens I’ve ever seen. Yep, chickens.
    I needed them as a birthday present for my friend Tommy Pope. Tommy turned 50 this week, and I wanted to surprise him with something special.
    Tommy means a lot to me and my family. He prosecuted the men who murdered my son, Deputy Brent McCants, in 1992. And he has always stayed in close touch with me and my other son, Billy Dale, who was injured in a car crash in 1988 and now lives in a nursing home.

  • Column: Ex-DOT official switched quickly to consulting role

    A former top S.C. DOT official and defendant in several employment lawsuits is now working as a private consultant to the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which has financed large road-construction projects that critics contend were chosen primarily for political reasons.
    Ronald Patton, an ex-Department of Transportation deputy secretary, told The Nerve he began working for STV Inc., a national transportation consulting company with three offices in South Carolina, a month after his June 2017 retirement from DOT. His annual salary when he left was $137,000.

  • Column: We deserve better than this lying, bullying, unwell man

    Donald Trump has told over 3,200 documented lies or misleading statements since taking office, according to a Washington Post fact-checker analysis.
    He has become, in the words of Kathleen Parker, a conservative Post columnist, a “cancer.”
    How can anyone support a president who is not accountable, who lies and bullies, and is unable to take responsibility for his behavior – just blames others? And what are our children learning from his behavior?

  • Commentary: Trump aides should think about quitting, Gowdy says

    Editor’s note: Rep. Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a member of the Intelligence Committee, appeared last weekend on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss widespread criticism after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Here are excerpts from his interview with host Bret Baier.

  • Commentary: Graham: Trump must safeguard 2018 election

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham was the lead-off guest Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” Here are excerpts of his interview with host Margaret Brennan.

  • Column: The Joe Shaw of my dreams

    He was a kind man, a giant of a man.
    He loved people. He loved his family. He loved his church.
    He loved his city and its people. And because of this, he was elected mayor, over and over again.
    Joe Shaw served for 33 years and died in office still serving. He loved to help people solve problems, especially those concerning city services.
    He wanted everyone to be treated fairly. He wanted them to know that without them, there would be no city and no mayor’s job.

  • Column: AG affirms open-government mandate in Lowcountry lawsuit

    I was in Mount Pleasant recently. It had been years since I had driven north of Shem Creek on Coleman Boulevard.
    My drive north in search of lunch put into context the Save Shem Creek movement and the desire of many residents to slow development in the town.
    My drive was educational. Low-rise, lower-density development had been replaced by high-rise buildings at street’s edge and strip-mall sprawl. I could have been in Myrtle Beach except for the absence of T-shirt shops.

  • Column: Loftis: How to get the most value from tax-free weekend

    It’s that time of year! The season of searching for No. 2 pencils, brightly colored binders, and that oh-so-special book bag is here.
    It’s an exciting time, full of anticipation for school-aged children and their parents.
    But as the first day of school approaches, families often find shopping for crucial school supplies comes with a heavy price tag. Parents can end up unloading hundreds of dollars on back-to-school gear. Fortunately, with our state’s Sales Tax Free Weekend coming up Aug. 3-5, you can save even more.