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 fiscal year.
Every year at Christmas, it’s common to see the bell ringers all over town standing at the red kettles of the Salvation Army. According to Major Randall Davis, there is a standard operating policy that applies to every community pertaining to donations and distribution.
Gov. Nikki Haley asked us all to pray for South Carolina, which has faced and continues to face significant challenges. Today, we all need to pray for Gov. Haley, as she prepares for a very different and very difficult challenge.
Ethics laws in many states frown on elected officials working for lobbyist principals – and for good reason. There’s something fishy about a lawmaker taking money from an organization that employs lobbyists for the purpose of convincing the lawmaker to vote for or against certain bills.
Imagine you woke up from a two-year sleep last Wednesday. How lost would you be? What would your first conversation be like?
“What year is it?”
“Who’s the president?”
**pause for laughter and disbelief**
Voting in Tuesday’s Presidential election was just ending at press time for The Greer Citizen this week, so election results didn’t make it into this edition of the newspaper. But, unless there are some significantly contested results, you are reading this after we have elected a new president.
Not voting in next week’s general election is an option.
It’s a bad option, but it’s still an option. You don’t need another editorial telling you why your vote is crucial and stressing the importance of the election. If you don’t know that by now, you’ve probably been sleeping under a rock for the last year and a half.
How are we going to pick up the pieces after this election is over?
Has anyone considered this?
Judging by the tone of candidates and pundits less than two weeks from election day, 2017 is going to be a difficult year for most of us.
The 2016 presidential election season has not been kind to values voters. It’s hard to imagine how America can recapture its place as “a shining city on hill” when most campaign coverage is about sex, lies and videotape.
Take a trip down any major highway, back road, or waterway and you’ll likely come across the Senator So-and-So Interchange or the Representative So-and-So Frontage Road. State lawmakers love to name roads and structures after each other, with the result that every other road or building in the state has one of their names on it.