The Civil War, the War Between the States, the War of Northern Aggression, the Late Unpleasantness — call it what you will depending on your preference — began in Charleston Harbor with an attack on Fort Sumter, and ended four years later with a northern victory that preserved the Union and freed the slaves.
While methamphetamine production is undoubtedly a national issue, South Carolina policymakers and law enforcement cannot ignore the threats presented by the influx of the drug coming into the United States from Mexico.
We’ve all seen the advertisements for the TV lawyers promising big bucks if we sign up with them on some big class-action suit for mesothelioma or asbestos or some other product or medical liability case.
When Mark Sanford ran for governor in 2002, he proposed to increase our tax on gasoline and eliminate the state income tax. He didn’t claim it was a plan to save our roads. It was a plan to cut our taxes, plain and simple.
The Michael Brown and Eric Garner decisions have created combustible racial tensions throughout the country. People are angry, sensitive, suspicious and disgusted, and the networks are cashing in on their emotions. As President Obama said in his press conference on Ferguson, “It makes for good TV.”
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s famous line was he “got no respect.”
You’ve probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina’s roads and bridges, and how to fund repairs and maintenance.
The issue of road funding – or, to put it slightly differently, the question of how South Carolina should fix its broken road system – is now a constant topic in politics and the media.
It’s tempting to say that Bobby Harrell’s criminal indictment on nine corruption counts demonstrates that our ethics law works just fine.
A conviction would mean, in much the same way as it did with Ken Ard and Mark Sanford and Robert Ford and Jake Knotts, that the law was violated, and the violator was punished.
One of the keys to quality government is the ability of citizens to see how decisions are made and how tax dollars are spent.