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Columns

  • Column: We get into this business to tell our readers the truth

    A dedication to the truth and the communities we serve – that is what journalism is all about. A commitment to the people’s right to know.
    That idea is out of public favor these days.
    President Trump has led the charge against the news media. At one campaign rally, he jokingly imitated a journalist’s physical disability. Now he routinely labels accurate reporting as “fake news.” He calls the press pool that covers him “the most dishonest people.”

  • Column: What SCDOT isn’t telling us about gas-tax road spending

    At last week’s S.C. Department of Transportation Commission meeting, agency head Christy Hall bragged about the “record level of road work under way in South Carolina.”
    “We have delivered results for our taxpayers and for our citizens of this state,” Hall proudly told commissioners Thursday.
    But as of the end of May, less than 8 percent of the quarter-billion-plus dollars collected from the gas-tax hike and other related tax and fee increases that took effect last July 1 had been spent, DOT records show.

  • Column: Common sense: Before all else on immigration, stop the influx

    Your bathtub is over flowing. What’s the first thing you should do?
    Should you call a meeting of everyone in the household to discuss the overflow and to determine how to ease the problem or clean up the mess?
    Should the residents spend time discussing whether the water has a right to cover the floor? Or whether to forgive the water and give it amnesty to continue the overflow? Or what happens when the water fills the house?
    No! The first thing you do is shut off the water.

  • Column: Pets and fireworks are not a good mix

    With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks.
    With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.
    Phantom Fireworks asks that you please be mindful of the following tips:
    ◆ Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

  • Column: Despite Parnell’s long-ago wrong, Norman is bigger threat to women

    I struggled with my decision to vote for Archie Parnell as the Democratic candidate in the 5th Congressional District.
    The revelation of his domestic violence incident was a surprise, and I had to rethink all that I knew about Mr. Parnell. I reviewed information on the other candidates and concluded that Mr. Parnell was still the best candidate and had the best chance to beat Republican incumbent Ralph Norman in the November election.  

  • Commentary: House budget creates data warehouse on S.C. residents

    A little-known proviso in the House budget would create a statewide personal information data warehouse. The proviso’s language is vague, the permissions are sweeping, and the accountability mechanisms are completely absent.
    This proviso (117.155) is currently in conference committee – and unless it is taken out in the committee, this all-encompassing data warehouse will be created.

  • Column: Threats to our constitutional republic are being ignored

    When I think back
    On all the crap I learned in high school,
    It’s a wonder
    I can think at all.
    And though my lack of education
    Hasn’t hurt me none,
    I can read the writing on the wall.
    – “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon

    All the people could see the writing on the wall at King Nebuchadnezzar’s party, but only Daniel could tell what it meant.

  • Commentary: Rep. Sanford ‘wasn’t Trump enough in the age of Trump’

    Editor’s note: Rep. Mark Sanford lost in last week’s Republican primary for his congressional seat after President Trump denounced him on Twitter as voters were going to the polls. Sanford was interviewed Sunday by moderator Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Here are excerpts of their discussion.

     

  • Column: Anyone watching as S.C. agency head takes job with a regulated contractor?

    Beverly Buscemi didn’t publicly – and apparently neither privately to key people – reveal specifics about her new job with her resignation at the end of last year as the longtime director of the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.
    “At this time, I feel it is important to move onto other opportunities outside of South Carolina while continuing to follow my passion of supporting individuals with disabilities,” Buscemi wrote in a letter to staff when her resignation was announced in October.

  • Column: Don’t just complain! Change broken politics at ballot box

    Dear voter, you are the reason why America is broken.
    You have no right to complain about your government not working. You have the right every two or four years to overthrow your government and ensure that your government will work. Yet you usually choose the status quo, and the only reason I can see for this is so that you can complain about it.