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A compelling case against high taxes

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Opinions

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller It’s the central dividing line of American politics: the age-old debate between those who generally favor higher spending and taxes, and those on the other hand who believe it’s beneficial to let taxpayers keep more

Trade tensions and your portfolio: What you need to know

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Opinions

A prominent economic story of the past year has been the growing tide of trade disputes across the globe. The U.S is at the center of it – most notably with China – which means investors are often subject to daily headlines debating possible implications

The dropping temperatures

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Having grown up in Pennsylvania, I was always accustomed to January being well below zero in regards to temperature. Growing up, January was a time of snowball fights and sled rides. Now that I live in South Carolina, those activities are no longer possib

New Year an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to good government

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Opinions

New Year an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to good government
By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller We can all afford to better ourselves in some way, and this time each year many us resolve to do so – whether it’s adopting a healthier lifestyle, working a little harder toward a goal, or learning a new skill. And

A blast from the past

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It is hard to believe that it is already 2019. Futhermore, it is even harder to believe that the year 1999 was 20 years ago. Here is a list of some of the events that took place in January 1999. January 1st, 1999, the Euro currency was first introduced. J

Unrighteous seed

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Faith, Opinions

We must be mindful that we can sometimes impregnate ourselves with things. Let’s think of this in the natural. Can a woman impregnate herself with seed that carries all the DNA and chromosomes needed to bare a normal child? I’m afraid not and she never wi

Remembering 2018, the good and the bad

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we embark on a new year, let’s recap some of the good and bad things that happened in 2018. January 1: Iceland ensures equal pay for men and women. Iceland became the first nation to make paying men more than women illegal. Passed on Women’s Day the ye

The horrible holidays

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Faith, Opinions

The spirit of depression has been on the rise. I have been hearing of so many cases of people that I know suffering with the effects of it. Sometimes the holidays are accompanied by it and it makes many people go into hiding rather than enjoy the festivit

Financial guide to inheriting a home

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Opinions

If you stand to inherit a property, such as a family home or vacation condo, the gift presents a critical financial decision: whether to sell, rent or keep the home. And oftentimes, this decision is handled while dealing with the loss of a loved one. Spen

Fun facts about New Year’s Eve­­

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we’re about to ring in the New Year, here are some facts about New Year’s Eve to explain some of your existing traditions, and maybe inspire you to try some new ones! 1. The song traditionally sung on New Year’s, “Auld Lang Syne,” means “times gone by”

A Christmas poem

on Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As I was thinking of the upcoming holiday, I remembed this poem by Robert Frost. It is called “Christmas Trees”. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. - Philp Maenza, Editor (A Christmas Circular Letter) The city had withdrawn into itself And left at last

Christmas trivia for holiday fun

on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Here’s some fun Christmas trivia for you to enjoy. Let’s see how many questions you can get correct. The answers will be at the end of the article, upside down. No cheating. • After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel?

Unique items for your Christmas list

on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While looking for some Christmas gifts, I came across some interesting products. The following is a list of items that are pretty unique, should I really buy them? • Prepara Herb Savor Pod 2.0 is designed to prolong the life of your fresh herbs, while bei

A cry for help

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Faith, Opinions

One thing we sometimes fail to realize is that people act and react the way they do for a reason. Have you ever paid attention to people’s reaction to you as you approach them while walking down an aisle or sidewalk? It can tell you a lot of things about

November, it is not quite time to say goodbye

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As the month of November comes to a close, here are some fun facts about the month. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and has retained its name from the Latin novem, meaning “nine.” In Finland, they call November marraskuu, which
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