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Columns

  • 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.

  • Column: I fear that young conservatives will get lost in a sea of liberals

    Recently Chairman Keith Grey Sr. of the Lancaster County Democratic Party had some choice words about Republicans.

    He wrote: “Every vote for a Republican is a vote for the destruction of our constitutional republic.”  

    I’ll give credit where it’s due. He definitely didn’t sugar-coat his beliefs, and I respect that. What I do not respect is a clear disregard for truth, and clear alienation of the majority of Lancaster County, myself included.

  • Column: 18 journalists died in 2017 covering news around world

    The reports came like thunderbolts in late May: Another journalist beaten to death in Mexico. Two S.C. journalists killed while reporting on a dangerous storm. And a Russian journalist assassinated in Ukraine.
    An ongoing outrage. A terrible tragedy. And – as it developed in Kiev – a puzzling farce.

  • Column: Pro-life to me means more than just being pro-birth

    I would like to thank Anna Osterberg for Friday’s beautifully written response to one part of my recent guest column.
    She very poetically described, for the pro-birth side of the abortion discussion, her concerns for the unborn fetuses. I failed, due to space considerations, to fully develop my kind of pro-life, as I was more focused on the post-birth aspect of murdering innocents.

  • Column: Fairfield television plant closing, state incentives down the drain

    Plenty of buzz surrounded Element Electronics’ announcement five years ago that it would open a television assembly plant in Fairfield County, with then-Gov. Nikki Haley joining company officials in a live webcast from a Walmart-sponsored conference in Florida.
    But little information was publicly released then about the taxpayer costs of the planned $7.5 million project, which was expected to eventually create 500 jobs. The Nerve at the time revealed, citing state records, that the estimated total public cost over 15 years was nearly $14.8 million.

  • Column: Disagreeing with Dems’ chair on basic perceptions of reality

    Keith T. Grey Sr., chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party, has a strange perception of the world we live in, and his hearing and vision appear to be rather selective.
    In his guest column last Friday, he asserts that Democrats are attempting nothing more than reasonable gun-safety regulations.
    But former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Diane Feinstein have both argued for banning so-called assault weapons, by which they mean garden variety semi-automatic rifles dressed up to look scary.

  • Column: Just disregard Trump’s rants – Journalists not people’s enemy

    Let’s make one thing crystal clear – the press is not the enemy of the American people.
    It is hard to believe any thinking citizen in South Carolina or around the country would actually believe that. Yet some do.
    These attacks against the media by President Trump – mostly against the national press – have gone on far too long and likely won’t stop. But we as citizens must stop believing them and not let community newspapers be tarred by their brush.
    Our founding fathers stood up for a free press, and so should you.

  • Column: For small papers, newsprint tariffs might be the end

    It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington.
    If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge. That is when the newspaper has to be edited, printed and distributed to readers.
    People in Mayville, Wisc., where I publish the Dodge County Pionier, count on my paper. It is how they find out what is happening in town. We don’t have a local TV station. Facebook and Google are here, but the internet has no journalists in my town.

  • Column: Tuition, fees used to pay off skyrocketing university IOUs

    If you’re a parent of a student attending a South Carolina public college or university, you probably haven’t been told how a good chunk of rising tuition and fees is being spent.
    Under state law, tuition and other student fees can be used by schools to pay off certain bonds that typically are issued for construction projects. Over the past 10 years at four-year schools, tuition and required fees for undergraduates jumped by about 40 percent on average, state records show.