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  HOLIDAYS: The Priceless Gift of Gab   My favorite dish at our holiday dinners never has anything to do with food. It’s the savory conversations that I crave. The heartfelt chatter of close family and friends enhances each occasion like a special mix of spices.   Salty. Sweet. Sometimes a little...
  The Editor, An old cliche' comes to mind, "I can't see the trees for the forest.” Money in politics and corresponding government corruption affects all Americans. Does this money erode our democracy?  It's hard to deny lobbying has become an integral part of political deal-making in our county...
  This article appeared in Newsweek and on the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy site   A barrage of articles in the popular press points out the escalating cost of higher education, rising student debt levels and the financial struggles many colleges and universities face....
Any football fans who love defense - those 10-7 games where the running backs get hammered and the wide receivers can’t catch anything because Justin Bethel is swooping in to break it all up. Anybody who loves that, is going to love soccer. One hundred and eight minutes of - Nothing. No goals...
Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans pause to celebrate and give thanks for the many blessings which we have been given. It is unfortunate that many of us do not remember to give thanks each day.   I have written an article each year in which I reflect on what I am thankful for...
Not too long ago, I shared a column about my grandchildren. Now that my number of grands has increased from 4 to 5, I thought I’d share an update. Not that I think anyone is particularly interested in an update, but because I have found that being a new grandpa never gets old. Lenox Tyre Davis came...
Former U.S. and S.C. Representative Gresham Barrett to Lead Coalition   Columbia – As South Carolina continues to grapple with the energy debacle caused by two of the state’s largest utilities, former U.S. Representative and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives Gresham Barrett...
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-3rd, SC, Laurens County) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “The American people have waited 30 years for meaningful tax reform, and I am excited the House of Representatives voted to...
As the country begins to digest the revelations in the new offshore tax haven leak known as the “Paradise Papers,” it's important to not lose sight of the fact that the Congressional tax plan is out along with promises that it will end the gaming that has allowed multinational firms to shift...
COLUMBIA – State Treasurer Curtis Loftis has announced  the launch of the South Carolina Achieving a Better Life Experience (“SC ABLE”) Savings Program, which provides tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. “Today is an exciting day for some very important South...

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