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home : opinions August 29, 2014 

Enjoy your Labor Day
Come this Monday, Sept. 1, we will be celebrate Labor Day. This national holiday signals a beginning and an end for many things. It is the end of summer, but the beginning of football season. It is also a major shopping day. Some will celebrate by shopping for sales and bargains. Others will take advantage of this longer weekend to participate in weekend get-a-ways, outdoor activities or get-togethers and parties. While it was designed to be a day off for workers, that is not the case nowadays. Because Labor Day has become an important sales weekend, those employed in retail will have to work and some will have to work longer hours.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014


NFL could always use another dose of sportsmanship
I’m always excited to see Clemson or USC athletes ascend to the NFL, but it was particularly thrilling to watch former Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw play in the preseason Monday Night Football matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins. Mr. Shaw, who wasn’t picked up in the NFL Draft but was signed by the Browns as free agent, delivered a sterling performance. As one of three Cleveland quarterbacks to play in the game, he completed an impressive eight passes in nine attempts for 123 yards and a touchdown. It was especially noteworthy because his team’s stable of quarterbacks includes Johnny Manziel, the much-hyped first-round draft pick and Heisman trophy winner.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Low country Local First: Who are those guys?
Thus, Butch and the Kids frequent refrain: Who are those guys? I kept asking myself the same question — who are those guys? — at a recent one day meeting in Charleston called the Good Business Summit put on by Lowcountry Local First. There were over 200 young people, virtually all in their 20s and 30s, probably three-fourths of whom had recently moved to Charleston and they were all focused on one thing – how to do well in business while creating a positive community impact. Lowcountry Local First is the brainchild and creation of Jamee Haley and it has grown with the hard work of conference organizer Lauren Gellaty and a small but dedicated staff.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

So, why are buttons opposite for women
Have you ever wondered. . . Why do men’s and women’s shirts button on different sides? Justin Brown, an artist and contributing editor for “Primer Magazine,” researched this question and reported that most sources cite a simple rationale that dates back over a century. Mens’ buttons are on the right side because men have always tended to dress themselves and most men (and women, for that matter) are right-handed. Womens’ buttons are on the left side because years ago (say, during the Victorian Era), the women that could afford fancy clothing with a bunch of buttons would rely on maids to help dress them. 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Celebrate Women's Equality Day
Elizabeth and I encourage each reader of this letter to join the League of Women Voters as we celebrate Women’s Equality Day with a presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt at the Doctors Bruce Lee Florence County Library Tuesday, Aug. 26. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program. Dyan Cohen, long-time Darlington County League member and currently serving on Darlington City Council, will bring Eleanor to life. What is Women’s Equality Day? In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earmark reform not just a federal issue
Your state will spend around $25 billion this year. That is a vast amount of money, but you know virtually nothing about what’s being spent, or why. That’s not because you’re uninformed or lazy. The state budget is designed to be as opaque, secretive, and abstruse as possible. The state spending plan is supposed to begin with a hearing on the governor’s budget by the House and Senate budget committees, and by law that hearing is supposed to be open to the public. Unfortunately, lawmakers ignore that law. Instead, the budget begins in a dizzying array of committees and subcommittees, making it literally impossible for even experienced budget-watchers to have any firm idea of what’s happening.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grasshoppers, butterflies and flies
One evening last week a tiny green grasshopper hitched a ride on my car windshield. I picked him or her up at the Townhouse Restaurant before heading to my mom’s home off S. Cashua. The grasshopper was at eye level on my windshield which made him or her easy to observe. As I drove 35 mph down W. Palmetto, grasshopper stood still with head high and antennas pushed back by the wind. He reminded me of Rose in the movie “Titantic.” When I stopped for stoplights, he or she would stretch out its long back legs to move across the glass.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The case for low taxes
They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.” They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they’ve secured public funding. But all too often, politicians forget to thank the people who made it possible – the taxpayers. One of the fundamental problems facing government at all levels is the casual attitude which is often displayed toward tax dollars. Too many public officials see taxpayer dollars as the answer to every problem, seeming to forget whose money they’re spending. Rather than making tough budget choices, too many prefer to simply increase taxes – giving short shrift to the people who continually fork over more and more money to operate government.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Greenville is doing it right
Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was five years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one’s hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville. The Greenville of my childhood in the ‘50s is a very different place than Greenville today. My father was the minister at the Second Presbyterian Church and my earliest memories of both truancy and exploration were my sneaking away between Sunday school and church to explore the nearby Reedy River and the wilds of downtown Greenville.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The cost of living
We all know the cost of living is constantly increasing. Like death and taxes, it is a fact of life. Sometimes it is fun, but depressing, to look back at what things used to cost. For example, in 1958, regular gasoline cost less than a gallon of milk. Gas was 24 cents a gallon and milk was $1.01 per gallon. Eggs were 28 cents a dozen and bread was 19 cents a loaf. A movie ticket was $1. The average cost of a new car was $2,155, and the cost of a new house was around $12,000. McDonald’s “pure beef” hamburgers were just 15 cents and for 20 cents more you could get a milkshake to go with it.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quit selling cookie dough and let parents give directly
A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers. As reported by The State newspaper recently, The Smart Snacks in Schools program creates a dilemma: how will schools raise private dollars if they can no longer sell snack foods? “If we can’t sell a candy bar anymore, what can we sell?” asked one school official. “We are going to have to get creative.” How creative would it be simply to stop selling? When was the last time your college asked you to buy a candy bar? Non-profits, colleges and universities don’t sell stuff to raise money; they simply appeal for support based on the organization’s mission. Why don’t our public schools? 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Five good things happening in SC - and why
Newspapers and the media are often accused of only reporting the bad things that happen – and there’s some truth in this. And it’s particularly easy to fall into this trap in South Carolina where it seems that there is a lot more bad news than good. We all know the saying, ‘If it’s a list of bad things SC is at the top, and on a list of good things we’re at the bottom.’ As true as this may be, there are some good things that are happening in our state that have been generally overlooked by the media. Here are five of them and though they may seem unrelated, I think there is a common message for us in all of these examples. First, SC ranks 6th in the country in the number of new businesses owned by women. 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Is your portfolio adequately diversified to match your tolerance for risk? Even if you have been fortunate enough to enjoy strong returns in the past, you may want to periodically review your portfolio to make sure your assets are properly diversified. In order to diversify their portfolios, investors typically start by allocating their assets into three classes: stocks, bonds, and cash. However, in many cases, additional diversification may be needed in order to further reduce portfolio volatility. For example, simply having your investments divided between stocks, bonds, and cash may be a problem if all of your assets are tied up in one or two companies or industries. 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What others say about work
Following are quotes from successful folks about the value of hard work:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Apollo 11 was an achievement worth remembering
July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America’s great triumphs. Forty-five years earlier, the eyes of a nation were transfixed to their black and white TV sets to watch history unfold as an American astronaut stepped foot on the grey lunar soil. Neil Armstrong became the first man to stand on ground not of this Earth. It was a remarkable feat, one which is unparalleled in world history. Since the beginning of mankind, humans had gazed at the bright sphere hundreds of thousands of miles away, wondering what it was like. At 10:56 p.m. on July 21, 1969, a human was walking on it. So uncertain was the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission that President Nixon had a speech writer prepare for him an address to the nation in case catastrophe occurred. 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SC, immigration and 'Us vs. Them'
First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment but a simple geo-political fact. Whether it’s the Ukraine and invading Russians, Japan defending obscure coastal islands, or ancient Rome resisting Hannibal and his elephants coming over the Alps from Carthage, it is exactly the same. A nation’s borders must be secure. We in the US need to do this with our southern border with Mexico. We can argue over the need for a fence, or electronic monitoring, or the National Guard holding hands on the banks of the Rio Grande – but whatever it takes we must be able to control and secure our borders. That said, one of the great tragedies of the current “children’s crisis” is how it is being used to whip up unfounded fears, prejudices and outright hatred.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On staying and feeling young
I’d like to share some good advice on staying young that was passed on to me. Whether it keeps you young or not it should certainly enhance your life. 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Know who your thrift shop donations are benefiting
Within the past several months I have received numerous contacts from local citizens inquiring about the donation bins that have continued to appear throughout Florence County. They asked if they benefited Florence County Disabilities Foundation or what charity they were associated. After doing further research, I discovered that bins that have a sign that says “Clothes and Shoes” and most of them are painted blue or yellow are operated by for profit clothing recycling companies and the name of a charity, most of which do not benefit local citizens and some are charities from out-of-state. Most of the charities’ name on the bin receives only a one-time donation or a small percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the items with the majority of the funds benefiting private individuals.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Teacher Union head gets failing grade
For the life of me, I can’t seem to figure out why and how unions get into the business of educating our children. They always seem to do more harm than good; and those who suffer the most seem to be the ones unions profess to protect – the rank-and-file teachers. To hear educators and pundits talk you’d think we are at the dawn of a change in public school education that will herald a new commitment to providing students and parents an education worthy of the tax dollars spent. Yet, until such time that teachers’ unions stop being impediments to success, our education system will not deliver the results we need to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Supreme Court autopsy ruling trumps public accountability
For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change. On Tuesday, the court ruled that autopsy records are exempt from release under the FOIA because they are medical records. Why does this matter to the public? It matters because the next time police shoot an innocent man, don’t expect the public to have access to the autopsy report giving the details of the death. That is what this case was about… the shooting of an innocent suspect. Supposedly in self-defense. Problem is, the autopsy showed the suspect in Sumter County was shot in the back. 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The codes that men live by
Ladies, this column is for your reading entertainment. Men already know these things. International Rules of Manhood: 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

States' rights, slavery and strange symbolism of Cliven Bundy
America is a land of stories. We love to use stories about individuals to extract general principals about society as a whole. The story of Cliven Bundy is no exception. His story about an armed standoff versus the Federal Government this past April was illustrative to many of the principles that we are a government of the people, that individual rights are sacrosanct, and that states have the right to decide how to govern the lands and people within their territories. But the story didn’t end there unfortunately. Given the bully pulpit for the first time in his life, Mr. Bundy foolishly squandered his opportunity to have America hear his story. Instead, he launched into a misguided and racist diatribe about African Americans, stating that he believed the fact that “they never learned to pick cotton,” accounted for the social ills of single motherhood and high black male incarceration rates. 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

While I breathe I hope - really?
South Carolina’s motto, ‘While I breathe I hope’, is surely the most optimistic statement any one can make. Despite all, if we can draw a breath, we are hopeful and optimistic. I’m sure most people don’t pay attention to such things, or even know what our state motto is, but ‘While I breathe I hope’ gives great solace to me. I am an optimist by nature and when it comes to the future and fortunes of my beloved native state, I sometimes vacillate widely between despair and hope. (Today’s newspaper says we’re 50th in something again). But somehow through it all, I seem to usually come out on the ‘hope’ side.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Value investing
Two fundamental styles of investing, growth and value, historically have performed “countercyclically.” This means that when one style falls out of favor, the other type becomes the preferred choice. Thanks to wide fluctuations in the stock market lately, some investors are rediscovering value investing once again. While growth investing focuses on companies that are believed to be in the early stages of considerable earnings growth, value investing concentrates on stocks that are temporarily out of favor with investors on Wall Street and are believed to be undervalued by the market. A more conservative approach than growth investing, value investors tend to approach investing with a long-term perspective. 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Understanding cats! Really?
If you are a cat lover, you’ve probably pondered what cats think about. Well, somebody figured it out and circulated on the World Wide Web. I have no idea who this cat person is, but here are some of the things that a cat thinks about: 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Correcting history: How Vietnam vets were embraced
Why is it that the American people rejected our troops who served in Vietnam? We know all about the protests not only against the war, but against those who served. Why were there no demonstrations of support? Why was there no welcome home parade? What if what we know about Americans’ lack of support for our troops in Vietnam is wrong? Impressive evidence has been revealed showing what we thought we knew was wrong all along. The media have a great deal of control over the events that we think about. We only know about current events that get reported. When events are omitted from the record, history is effectively changed.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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