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What they’re fighting over

on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Posted in Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton Barring a surprise at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month, the race for the presidency is set. So this seems a good time to step back and consider just what it is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are

Too much secrecy in government

on Wednesday, 06 July 2016. Posted in Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is definitely the wrong direction. In

Desert Storm, Desert Shield honor ceremony set

on Wednesday, 06 July 2016. Posted in Opinions

By Sen. Tim Scott There are many things that set our country apart from the rest of the world: the history of how we won our independence, the freedoms our country enjoys, and our ability to consistently innovate and push the world forward - from the

March tunes stir memories of batons

on Wednesday, 06 July 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Music, like smell, has the ability to transport us back in time and bring to mind things we may have forgotten or not thought about in a long time. Such was the case for me on Thursday night as I enjoyed the music from the 246th Army Band, S.C. Army

Millennials shouldn’t gamble their wealth on health

on Wednesday, 06 July 2016. Posted in Opinions

By Scott Wham Millennials are increasingly making traditional “adult” purchases. In 2015, Americans in their twenties and thirties bought 4 million vehicles -- more than any generation other than the baby boomers -- and over a third of millennials now

Retirement planning

on Wednesday, 06 July 2016. Posted in Opinions

With company pension plans becoming less prominent and shortfalls in Social Security more likely, planning for your retirement is now more important than ever. The fear of outliving one’s retirement savings is ever present as society is faced with longer

The Gift of Freedom

on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Posted in Opinions

By Bryan Golden On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of freedom given to us 240 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. However, its true value is rarely appreciated unless it is either threatened or

Happy 240th birthday America

on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we approach our nation’s 240th birthday on Monday, here is some patriotic trivia to think about: The word “patriotism” comes from the Latin “patria” meaning “fatherland” or “homeland”. Fifty six people signed the Declaration of Independence. The

Brexit: What it means to S.C. and you

on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Written by Phil Noble Posted in Opinions

By Phil Noble Brexit = Britain Exit #1 What it is? Brexit was the vote last week by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. While this one sentence is true, it’s a little like saying “the South lost the Civil War” – true, but there is a whole lot

What’s going on?

on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

In the Morning News on February 28, 2016 a State Brief from Columbia said: “Counties have made plans to spend less than half of the $216 million in road money that lawmakers set aside for them last year. The Greenville News reports that only $4 million do

What it takes to be an effective citizen

on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Posted in Opinions

By Lee H. Hamilton It’s so easy in a presidential election year to forget that our system is not about a single person. This year especially, when the dynamics of the presidential contest have dominated news coverage so thoroughly that even the Senate

Vacation passes so quickly

on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I don’t know if Murphy has a law about vacations, but if he doesn’t he should. I think everyone will agree that your week of vacation passes twice as fast as a week at work. Last week I spent my vacation at the beach. The time flew by like it always does

People to Legislature: How Long?

on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Written by Phil Noble Posted in Opinions

In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie “Unforgiven” won the Oscar for the Best Picture of the Year. A 51-day stand-off at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended with a fire that killed 76

Pat is my choice

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Well, we all have to go vote again in a runoff election for Florence City Council District #2 on Tuesday, June 21. My candidate in the first voting cycle was Pat Gibson-Hye Moore and my candidate in the runoff election will remain the same. I know she’s

Basic income: sense or nonsense

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in Opinions

By Thomas L. Knapp On June 5, Switzerland's electorate voted 77% to 23% against a “basic income” proposal. The plan would have entitled each adult citizen to about US $2,500 per month from the Swiss government, with an additional payment per child,
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