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SCANA needs to sell assets to pay off its nuclear debt

SCANA's board of directors has historically announced their first-quarter dividend payment to shareholders each year on or about Feb. 20. This means that in about a week, they will probably announce plans to funnel to their shareholders 78 percent … more

8 ways the Legislature can make South Carolina better this session

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Sunday edition of The State. COLUMBIA - For more than two decades, The State's editorial board has started each year with an editorial laying out the things the Legislature most needed to do in the … more

Gentry liberals own the Democratic party

Amid the brouhahas about the Nunes memo and immigration, an item from Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business caught my eye. Demographers crunching census data estimate that Chicago's black population fell to 842,000, while its white non-Hispanic … more

Don't believe offshore drilling advocates' hype and scams

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 15 edition of the Post and Courier. I have listened to most pro-oil and gas exploration and drilling arguments and find them to be hype or just plain scams probably created by public relations … more

Will automation kill our jobs?

A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title "Robots will destroy our jobs - and we're not ready for it." The article claims, "For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. ... This disruption … more

Too many wars. Too many enemies.

If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week's end and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history. Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside … more

Thank You, Mrs. Bush

Editor's note: This column was written in 2012 about former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at her home in Houston at 92. My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents' home in Houston. It … more

Let's limit spending

Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the … more

Analysis shows no need to expand offshore drilling

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 15 edition of The Post and Courier. This Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the tragic Deepwater Horizon disaster, yet rather than learn from past mistakes, the Trump administration is … more

Syrian showdown is between Trump and the generals

With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home. "I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home," said the president. We've gotten "nothing out of … more
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