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Columns

  • Column: Many counties miss out on spending from gas-tax hike

    In the first year of a controversial law hiking the state’s gasoline tax and other fees, the S.C. Department of Transportation spent no proceeds in 20 of South Carolina’s 46 counties, newly released records show.
    Overall, only about $7 million, or 2.2 percent, of $312.6 million in total revenues collected from July 1, 2017, through June 30 was spent on “external” projects, according to agency records.

  • Candidate's Column: School board needs new philosophy

    My name is Chris Campbell and I am running for the Lancaster County school board’s District 7 seat to represent Indian Land.
    I’ve lived here in Indian Land almost 10 years. I have two children who have attended ILES and ILMS, and now I have one at ILHS. I know many of you from the community and many from coaching and volunteer work in this community.
    We have seen a lot of growth in Lancaster County, by way of Indian Land, in the last 10 years, but I don’t think we have been quite prepared for the growth.

  • 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.