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Pour me some tea, y’all — and let’s play some football

What a break in the weather the middle of the week was or am I the only one who enjoyed it?Think about how appropriate it was to get a three or four day break from the heat this time of year as August rolls around. The NFL kicked off training camps all over the country and the college and local high schoolers will be doing the same before long too.I know I may be jumping the gun just a tad with football, but I have to say with the cooler temperatures I got a glimpse of e...

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S.C. Supreme Court stumbled on FOIA rulings

The S.C. Supreme Court has made two rulings during the summer that will help to undermine journalism and transparency in the state moving forward and questions and concerns to boot.In June the court ruled governmental bodies holding public meetings are not required to provide an agenda for the meeting itself. This may not seem like a big deal, but it does serve as a way for the media and public to know what business is being conducted.

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Apollo 11 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...

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No agenda here

I had a disturbing conversation with someone I consider a dear and close friend this past weekend which has left me a little perturbed. It seems one of the political parties in this state has taken umbrage with some of my remarks and have determined I have an agenda, not only an agenda but a liberal one at that.It’s time to dispel some rumors or the beginnings of them with a few statements about where I stand politically and make sure there is no room for misinterpretation....

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Irresponsible state government

The people are going to have to decide what kind of life we shall have. The South Carolina legislature runs this state. The speaker of the house is under investigation by a grand jury. No state Infrastructure Bank money gets spent on roads in Pickens County but Charleston is being “gold plated” and other favored places like Horry County are spending almost all the money. Our members have seen this.

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If you have to borrow, you can’t afford it

To know what is truly important to Americans all you have to do is turn on your television set and wait. It all becomes very apparent as what was once the home of the free has become the mortgage of the indebted.Where fiduciary responsibility and the necessity of good sound financial management was the backbone of the United States’ economic belief system, both on a corporate and individual level, it’s funny how much 50 years can change a society and culture. But the so...

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Balance must exist in the world

I carry a messenger bag, sort of a canvas material catchall, and over the last five years it has seen more than most people, picking up its own mementos along the way … its own sort of memories, if you will.This past weekend this bag, as always slung across my chest, made its way from Simpsonville to Charleston trailing 220 cyclists on the ride of a lifetime, some 252 miles in three days. Notice I was trailing them, not part of the masochists taking on the massive undertaking...

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Worth more: One man or an entire city?

A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals.About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic. The same goes for Burbank, California and Springfield, Ohio.Most of America’s cities of 100,000 now share one uncomfortable reality.

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Nothing is free in this world

I carry a messenger bag, sort of a canvas material catchall, and over the last five years it has seen more than most people, picking up its own mementos along the way … its own sort of memories if you will.This past weekend this bag, as always slung across my chest, made its way from Simpsonville to Charleston trailing 220 cyclists on the ride of a lifetime, some 252 miles in three days. Notice I was trailing them, not part of the masochists taking on the massive undertaking ...

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Again, the isolationist smear

It doesn’t take much to be smeared as an isolationist by leading Republicans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who appears to be running for president again, and former vice president Dick Cheney — not to mention Sen. John McCain, Gov. Chris Christie, and other members of the GOP establishment — can always be counted on to drag out that insult whenever they sense a threat from anyone not as hawkish as they are. If they thought that 30,000 U.S. troops should be sent somewhere, and some...

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Tagging along on bike ride will bring many returns

As you read this column, whether it be over a cup of coffee, a bite of lunch during your workday break, or as you sit at home celebrating the beginning of your weekend, I am on the road. I hope to make it entertaining for you.Today, depending on what time it is for you right now, I am somewhere between Simpsonville and Newberry, photographing and writing about the Ride to Remember, a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research. There will be literally hundreds of cyclists covering 25...

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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....

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November governor battle will be a political brawl

It’s beginning to look as if this could be a very interesting campaign season as concerns the gubernatorial race in South Carolina and the issue of the state’s Department of Social Services will be the battleground upon which it is fought.All it takes is turning on the television to see the landscape of the campaign beginning to form on the horizon. The Democratic Governors Association has now joined the fray, tossing down the proverbial gauntlet in a new ad campaign wh...

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Literature digs deep into the soul of the writer — and the reader

In the last seven months I would have to say we’ve covered any number of topics including religion, politics, my life, my sons, my pets, and music. You know more about me than either of my ex-wives ever knew, and they could read exceptionally well, so let’s try something different … let’s talk literature.Wait, before you put the newspaper down because you’re afraid I’m going to go into some diatribe on the value of the moral and ethical concerns ...

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Nothing new under the Gaza-Sderot Sun

The temperatures keep rising in the hot Gaza-Sderot region; after all it’s July. But it’s not the heat that is making our lives unbearable; it’s the renewed terrifying and senseless violence that within 24 hours spun out of control, affecting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and points further north. It’s the ‘here we go again’ lethal ping pong of Israeli bombings in Gaza and rocket attacks on Israeli communities.

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