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home : opinions : commentaries July 27, 2015 

The Abbeville Case, the key to SC's future
There is nothing – absolutely nothing – more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix it. The question is will we? The Abbeville case began over 21 years ago when nearly half of the state’s school districts – the poorest in the state – challenged how our schools were funded. Finally, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature: “fix it.” In the coming months the issues of how it will, or won’t, be fixed will be decided.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Bill will improve treatment, outcomes for seriously mentally ill
America’s mental health care system is long overdue for change. House Bill HR-2656 – Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, introduced this month by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is a first big step. The two broader problems with treatment for the seriously mentally ill (SMI) are laws and funding. Laws created to protect the rights of SMI individuals didn’t take into account that those with SMI, particularly schizophrenia, are often unable to recognize their illness and therefore unwilling to seek treatment, resulting in inability to care for themselves.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cell phones best option for police oversight
Hardly a week goes by now without the surfacing of a cell phone video of police abuse, often of minorities. These private camera videos are providing the best and often only record of police confrontations, such as the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, or the more recent incident at a pool party in Texas. 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A call to courage in the hour of evil
Among the nine innocents murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 17th was Pastor Clementa Pinckney. Reverend Pinckney is my cousin, and our parents lived just across the field growing up in Marion, South Carolina. Our families have remained very close over the years. I knew them before I knew the world. We were all molded from the same clay. Pastor Pinckney was the real deal. He was always one of the bright ones.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Death, race and irony in South Carolina
There have been hundreds of thousands of words written and spoken about the unspeakable tragedy of the nine people gunned down at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. In time, there will be many more;books will be written and countless analysis will be presented seeking to find some meaning in what happened. In time, the events of the tragedy will become a permanent part of the history of Charleston and our people, indeed the whole state and nation. 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 17: Denmark Vesey and Clementa Pinckney
One of the questions of the tragic killing of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is why him? And why now? Maybe, just maybe, the answer is the date – June 17th. It was on this date that Dylann Roof opened fire. It was also on this date, 193 years earlier, that Denmark Vesey, a founder of Emanuel, planned to launch a slave rebellion in Charleston.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The way forward for Congress
There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing. Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to a chorus of relieved approval both in Washington and in the press. 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bond bill crucial to tech system future
Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and the South Carolina Technical Education System have a long history of providing qualified graduates to South Carolina business and industry. These graduates are vital to a thriving economy and to the state’s future economic development. In fact, without the contributions of technical college graduates during the past 50 plus years, South Carolina would undoubtedly be an economic wasteland today and would lack a road map to the future. FDTC recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of providing access to education to the citizens of South Carolina’s Pee Dee region.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What it means to honor our mother
May 12, 2013 Mother’s Day is observed all over the world. Many countries will observe it on May 10 this year. Though various nations observe the day with differences in form and approach, the general theme of giving honor to our mothers is the same. To “honor” means to esteem, respect, revere or venerate. We can honor our mothers by showing them respect, and by letting them know, through our words and deeds, that we love them and appreciate their caring for us. Giving a card or a gift on one day of the year is just one small example of the many ways we can show honor.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Who holds the General Assembly accountable?
The General Assembly has long dominated South Carolina politics. Members of the House of Representative and Senate elect judges, perform executive functions such as procurement, and investigate and punish ethics violations in their own bodies. The pervasive nature of legislative dominance is such that it affects nearly every issue in our state. And nowhere is legislative hegemony clearer than in the debate over road funding. First, lawmakers in the Senate have revealed a casual disregard for the state constitution. S.523, a bill first introduced by Ray Cleary (R-Georgetown), has since been turned into a vehicle for the Senate Finance Committee roads plan.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The poverty of identity politics
Imagine if the current President were a Republican, and if during the second half of his second term, after having been elected both times with record turnout by blacks, the black unemployment rate remained stagnant at 11 percent while the black poverty rate hit a record high of 27 percent. What would black politicians be saying about that Republican President? We don’t really need to answer that question, do we? But for arguments sake, let’s imagine that almost seven years after the great recession the country was basically back to work, with an official unemployment rate having fallen from almost ten percent at its height to around 5.5 percent (let’s save the argument about the real rate for another debate), while again the black community, which had overwhelmingly supported the Republican President (again let’s suspend belief for a moment) was experiencing rising poverty rates. 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Not every Christian celebrated Easter last Sunday
With traditions that date from the earliest decades of church history, Orthodox Christians will share the ancient experience of Holy Week, April 5-12, 2015, which commemorates the final days of Jesus Christ on Earth. The traditions of Holy Week originated in the practices of the ancient Christian Church, and have been documented as early as 150 AD. This year will begin with Palm Sunday commemorations and continue with services each evening culminating with the ancient Midnight Resurrection service Saturday night and last into the early morning hours on Sunday.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ObamaCare: Of Hypocrites and Heros
What do you call someone who opposes the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, standing instead for free markets, private charity and personal responsibility in healthcare? What do you call that person when, in a tough situation, he acts in accord with his beliefs, relying on private charity to help him pay the bills associated with an expensive health emergency? I can think of a lot of names for someone like that. “Hypocrite” is not among them.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Why daughters need fathers
Excerpted from “Raising Black Girls and Educating Black Girls” The media and the academic community provide a wealth of information on why boys need their fathers. The most obvious being you can't be someone you have not seen. Girls can look at their mothers and receive the importance and significance of role models on a daily basis. But, why do girls need fathers? How will a girl learn how to be loved by a man? What criteria will a girl use to select a mate if she has not seen a man at home? Why do many females choose thugs over scholars? Why do so many choose disrespectful men over gentlemen?
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Finding the right school for your child
If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options. As South Carolina prepares to commemorate National School Choice Week later this month at 120 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children. Believe it or not, seats in schools are already beginning to fill up for the 2015-2016 school year. Interest in school choice – the process of actively choosing a public, charter, magnet, private, or online school – is high. That means that waiting until the spring or the summer to begin researching schools for your children could restrict your options.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Some thoughts on governing
I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of progress, but it does help explain them. Why is it so hard? Partly it’s the country we live in. There were 130 million Americans when I was in high school. Now we number over 300 million, with a diversity and cultural complexity that were impossible to imagine when I started out. Finding common ground, meeting complex needs, answering to an overwhelming diversity of interests — this is not work for the faint of heart.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014






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