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home : opinions August 27, 2015 

A day at the State Museum
Last Saturday, my twin granddaughters, along with my great nephew, and I traveled to Columbia for a day trip to visit The South Carolina State Museum. We all had a great time seeing the many exhibits displayed on the four floors. I particularly enjoyed the Carolina Makers exhibit which had some unique objects made by artisans living in our state. There was a large display of beautifully crafted musical instruments, including guitars, violins and mandolins. 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015


What is the best urban city to live in?
If you wanted to move to a large city, which one would you pick? According to a recent survey, Austin, Texas, is the best urban city to live in. Number two is Raleigh, N.C. . WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst Large Cities to Live in. The study compared the attractiveness of the largest U.S. cities in terms of livability, the quality of their health and education systems, economic growth and tax rates.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On voting . . . and not
The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don’t. Over the years, a fair number of people I’ve encountered have confessed that they do not vote – and I often surprise them by pressing them on why they don’t. They give a multitude of reasons.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Illegals and anchor babies
Once again the rhetoric concerning so called “anchor babies” is in the headlines, on talk-radio programs (traditional and internet) and social media. Being a native of the great State of Texas I have heard so many names for those crossing illegally into the US of A, especially across the Mexico-USA border. Just a few samples: border hopper, illegal Immigrant, illegal alien, and words I shall not repeat. One does not need to have a Ph.D. behind your last name to understand why these people are coming to the USA.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Promise Zone: Help Hope and Heroes
One of the most shameful and enduring problems in South Carolina is the huge gap between the prosperous/urban and poor/rural areas of our state. Most of these poor/rural counties lie along Interstate 95 and it has been dubbed The Corridor of Shame – and it is. But some recent big news offers some real, long term hope for the southern part of the Corridor – it’s called the Promise Zone. 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Trivia for those in the know

My friend Charlie Howle passed this trivia along for those who think they know everything. 

  • If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of six months waiting at red lights.
  • A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. 
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Iran deal is national security tragedy
The mullahs in Iran call the United States the Great Satan, but we are the ones who just made a deal with the devil. And this devil also just hit the jackpot. Make no mistake about it, the Islamic Republic of Iran is power-hungry, aggressive and absolutely dedicated to advancing its own destructive and imperialistic agenda. Iran’s increasing role in the Middle East and the global stage is built upon the pillars of terrorism, extremism, brutal human rights violations, and an insatiable appetite to develop a nuclear weapons capability.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jimmy Carter - A life of simple virtue
It was announced last week that Jimmy Carter has cancer. I don’t know what will happen or if it will cut short his life – though I’m not sure “cut short” applies to a man that is 90 years old. The one thing I do know is that Carter will deal with his illness just as he has lived – with courage, determination, good humor and faith. In an era of venal politics and personal vilification as practiced by too many on both the left and right, Jimmy Carter and his character are all the more unusual and compelling. 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

South Carolinians near top of humble list
South Carolina is the third most humble state, according to a study from HeyLets.com, a mobile app that allows people to share experiences. Interestingly, but no big surprise, California was chosen as the most “braggadocious” state, followed by Washington and Nevada. 
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wisdom that can make a difference
“One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.” –Joseph Stalin Late in the afternoon of December 25, 1991, Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev resigned, declared his office closed, and handed over the keys to Russia’s nuclear deterrent to President Boris Yeltsin. The next day, the red flag of the USSR came down and the white, blue and red flag flew over Moscow’s Kremlin and the Russian Federation. Shortly thereafter communist scholars completed a multi-volume history of the USSR. Polluted with propaganda, the official history, like the Soviet Union, ended up in a dustbin of history. 
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wanted: a hero for SC, apply here
I live in Charleston. Though my roots go many generations deep in the soil of the rural Upstate – and I love the green rolling hills and blue mountains – Charleston is the place I love the most. In Charleston, I live downtown near the College of Charleston, right in the middle of the peninsula. It’s about a five minute walk either way down Calhoun Street, and I’m looking at the Ashley River or the Cooper River and the harbor. 
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wanted: a hero for SC, apply here
I live in Charleston. Though my roots go many generations deep in the soil of the rural Upstate – and I love the green rolling hills and blue mountains – Charleston is the place I love the most. In Charleston, I live downtown near the College of Charleston, right in the middle of the peninsula. It’s about a five minute walk either way down Calhoun Street, and I’m looking at the Ashley River or the Cooper River and the harbor. 
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wanted: a hero for SC, apply here
I live in Charleston. Though my roots go many generations deep in the soil of the rural Upstate – and I love the green rolling hills and blue mountains – Charleston is the place I love the most. In Charleston, I live downtown near the College of Charleston, right in the middle of the peninsula. It’s about a five minute walk either way down Calhoun Street, and I’m looking at the Ashley River or the Cooper River and the harbor. 
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Noses never stop growing

Here’s some interesting trivia passed along by a friend: 

  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. 
  • Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day. 
  • You’re born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.
  • Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Three blind mice restore vision
Blind mice are famous in nursery rhymes -- and maybe soon, in scientific laboratories. A team of Swiss scientists recently restored sight in blind lab mice by injecting new, light-sensing cells into their eyes. They’re working to develop a cure for acquired blindness in people. Today, millions of mice are bred for medical research. Rodents make up about 95 percent of the research animals used to find cures for diseases like diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The insane, macabre tragedy of aborted baby parts market
In a scene reminiscent of the movie ‘Silence of the Lambs’ a brilliant medical doctor sits at a table casually munching on salad and sipping red wine (Chianti?) while salivating over the prospect of harvesting the ‘tender’ livers of aborted babies. No, this is not a pitch for a new horror movie. This is actually what happened in a video recently released by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, which has since been viewed millions of times on the internet. 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

So, that's why we shake hands

Following is some interesting bits of trivia passed along by a reader. 

  • In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed. 
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. 
  • Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trump versus Trump
Since my first involvement in the political world I cannot remember anyone getting the media, the general public and both of the major political parties so, let’s say excited. I have to ask for help in understanding why all the commotion? Why are people getting upset and jumping all over, even condemning, the one person who is saying things many of us want to say or at least have asked ourselves?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The truth about guns
Have those of you who let it be know you are against guns ever considered that everyone who knows that is aware you are vulnerable? Unless of course you don’t practice what you preach, which is exactly what a North Carolina legislator did several years ago. It became know when he shot an intruder at his home.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The substance of things unseen
One of the things that really stood out over the past few weeks in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina is the incredible grace with which the community of Charleston has borne both its own anguish as well as the intense international media circus that has enveloped the town. Charleston’s response stands in stark contrast to some of the scenes of protest and outright chaos that occurred in other parts of the country like Ferguson and Baltimore.
Wednesday, July 29, 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

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

Poorly understood laws of physics
A reader sent along the following post from the Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Message Board (www.scrollsawer.com/forum). I think we can all relate to these “laws of physics”:
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Community very responsive to drug take back
I would like to take a moment to thank the Florence community for its overwhelming response to the recent drug take back event. Nearly 150 pounds of unused and expired prescription medicine was collected from the four Florence County drop off sites. It is most gratifying to be part of a community that is so responsive to issues that threaten the health and safety of its members.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Be a friend, but be yourself
The philosophy of Charles Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, seems worth emulating: 
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. 
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. 
4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. 
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress. 
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Turning the page - One SC
As these words are being written, the ceremony of lowering the Confederate flag at the capital is happening – literally. In the end, it simply came down. There were no speeches by politicians. There were not bands playing. There were no elaborate ceremonies. It all ended with seven state troopers – white and black, male and female – silently walking across the capital lawn, lowering the flag, rolling it up and giving it to a nameless state employee to be taken to a museum. That was it. 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015





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