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Downtown Christmas store displays spur childhood memories

on Tuesday, 20 December 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It’s been an exciting year watching Downtown Florence come alive again. The Christmas season is just icing on the cake for me because downtown has begun to look like Christmas. I am referring to the downtown businesses and merchants who have decorated the

Hey South Carolina, what’s the plan?

on Tuesday, 20 December 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Over the last week or so, the same basic story has appeared in all the major newspapers around the state: economists have projected that we as a state (i.e. the legislature) will have an additional $446 million to spend over the next

12 Rules of Christmas

on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Over the years, The Rutherford Institute has been contacted by parents and teachers alike concerned about schools changing their Christmas concerts to “winter holiday programs” and renaming Christmas “winter festival” or cancelling holiday celebrations

Enjoying the holiday events

on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I love Brookgreen Gardens at Murrell’s Inlet anytime of the year, but it is magical during the Nights of a Thousand Candles event. This annual Christmas celebration which lights up the outdoor sculpture gardens has become a tradition for me and some of my

Why fake news is dangerous

on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet that had he

Poor insurance endangers America’s physical and financial health

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Kenneth E. Thorpe Americans earned a 5 percent pay increase last year, according to a new Census Bureau report. That’s the best wage gain since the Great Recession. Unfortunately, most people weren’t able to spend that extra cash on something fun, lik

The ‘power’ of the purse

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

All my life I have been intrigued with handbags. As a little girl, I got as excited about a new “pocket book” as I did about a new doll. As an adult, I don’t desire dolls anymore, but I am still a fan of the purse. I think a lady’s handbag says something

Saving S.C.’s natural treasures: the Edisto River

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble Recently, I was invited to speak to the Friends of the Edisto and I met Hugo Krispyn who lives on the headwaters of the North Fork of the Edisto. He wrote this about the dangers facing the Edisto and other S.C. rivers. Before pavement was

When to sell

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Opinions

Most investors understand that investing in the stock market should be a long-term commitment. Generally, investors who hold on to their stock for long periods tend to fair better than those investing on a short-term basis. However, there may come a time

Welcome to Washington, Mr. President -Elect

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton As hard as the campaign might have been and the transition is proving to be, Donald Trump’s challenges are really just beginning. Governing after a toxic election in which the results awarded him an ambiguous national mandate – his

What Christmas means to some of us

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we approach the Christmas season, I like to share some wonderful quotes describing the spirit of Christmas. Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of

The new South Carolina, a new leader

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Phil Noble This column is part of a continuing series on The New South Carolina, about the changes that are transforming our state. February 15, 1956, Silas C. McMeekin, President of the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, got together over lunch i

Choosing to reconcile, work together

on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Dr. William Holland The election is finally over and of course there many people that are disappointed and yes, sadly we are still divided. However, if we could just try and work together, we can all benefit from the results of unity. The archaic

Letter to future R.N. Beck students

on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Dear Future Students of RN Beck Early Childhood Center: If you are reading this years from now, Welcome. I wish you could be here at the ceremony today. You live in our future, and we live in your past. Let me tell you about this occasion. It is Thursday

Thankful hearts and feeling grateful

on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Thanksgiving Day will be here Thursday and many of us will sit around the family table and share ways we have been blessed. Below are some inspirational quotes concerning gratefulness: “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the
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