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New South Carolina and old politics

on Wednesday, 02 March 2016. Written by Phil Noble Posted in Opinions

In the closing days of the Republican presidential primary, the image that dominated S.C. media was Tim Scott and Nikki Haley campaigning with Marco Rubio. An African American Republican U.S. senator and a first generation female Indian American governor

A little fun with words and puns

on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Some of you readers enjoy puns. Here are few from Little Known Facts:

Continuing the fight against food stamp fraud

on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

On Jan, 2, 2015, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office launched a special unit dedicated to prosecuting food stamp fraud. At the conclusion of its first year, we’ve seen major success in combatting this rapidly growing criminal enterprise in South

Thanks for packing shoeboxes

on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I want to say a huge thank you to all who packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas child in 2015. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind that uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to

The missing half of Congress’s job

on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

Every now and then, I’m asked if I miss serving in Congress. My stock answer is that no, I don’t really miss it, but there are definitely times when I’d like to jump right into a policy debate or be in a position to call congressional hearings. This is on

Adult truths we can all admit

on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is. We would love to take back all those times we didn’t want to nap when we were younger. Nothing is worse than that moment during an argument when you realize

Republican Party is disintegrating

on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

The Republican Party is imploding under its own weight. With two socialists on one side and an egomaniac, rude, narcissistic liberal dressed in conservative clothing on the other side, the only winner in November will be Hillary. Donald Trump’s shallow

On people violence where guns are involved

on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

A recent letter to the editor suggested that a bill in the South Carolina legislature was introduced with the intent to water down the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in order to protect or enhance the Second Amendment. This bill is to require

Churches, guns and common sense in South Carolina

on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. Written by Phil Noble Posted in Opinions

The mental images of churches and guns are about as incongruous as possible. Churches are quiet, reverent places of worship; they are places of peace, healing and comfort. Guns are loud, sudden and violent; they are about blood, pain and death. They exist

Value Investing

on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

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

Happy 11th birthday to my grands

on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Monday marks the 11th year that I have been blessed with twin granddaughters. Shortly after midnight on Valentine’s Day, 2005, these two tiny premature babies were born at UNC Medical University Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C. I was just outside the

Questions to ask when hiring a tax preparer

on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

Alexandria, VA – Asking the right questions can make a big difference when hiring a tax preparer. It helps ensure that you are getting a qualified professional who knows the tax code and will act ethically and responsibly in filing your tax return.

How to tell if Congress is working again

on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separate

Signs of the times

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Several readers have shared this collection of clever signs:

Registration of journalists bill laughable

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Opinions

I confess. I had more fun responding to inquiries about Mike Pitts’ (R-Laurens) journalist registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press or personal freedoms. A client called and asked what the
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