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Is the SC Legislature a ‘Den of Thieves’?

BY PHIL NOBLE Exactly 40 years ago this summer, a brash, 36-year-old reformer running for governor called the state Senate “a den of thieves.” A majority of Democratic voters agreed with him, and Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel won the primary to become the Democratic Party’s nominee.. But the good old boys had their revenge. The […]

Slavery in SC Today

BY PHIL NOBLE What a shocking headline, but our Attorney General Alan Wilson says it’s true – and he’s right. Slavery today is not black folks standing on the auction block in the city square. Its modern day equivalent is called “human trafficking” – for the sex trade, enforced labor and especially exploitation of children. […]

SC Education’s Dirty Little Secret

BY PHIL NOBLE First, let’s be honest with ourselves. For most of us – especially us white, urban, middle-class folks – when we hear people talking about the overall poor quality of education in our state, we conjure up images of the Corridor of Shame, i.e. black, rural and poor. We think of it as […]

The State of Rural Education in SC – Some Surprises

BY PHIL NOBLE A regular reader of these weekly columns recent noted that it seems like many of my columns are based on a review of a national study that looks at conditions in each of the 50 states about such things as health, education, job creation, etc. She is right, and there is a […]

We in SC are Generous – Aren’t We?

BY PHIL NOBLE We in South Carolina like to think of ourselves as caring and generous people – willing to give our time and money to help our fellow man. This is how we see ourselves. As most know, it is part of our civic tradition that we lend a hand to our neighbors in […]

NC and SC: How do we compare?

BY PHIL NOBLE I have always had a thing about North Carolina. Simply put, I don’t like them. They stole our name. They try to steal our only President, Andy Jackson. They are twice as big as we are. And what really pains me the most is they usually do things better than we do. […]

Doing the Big Hard Right Thing in SC

BY PHIL NOBLE We in South Carolina love our history. As William Faulkner said of the South, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Lately I have been reading a wonderful book about our state’s past – and clearly there are lessons to be learned. The book is Deliver Us from Evil, by […]

Why Are We Abusing Our Children in SC?

BY PHIL NOBLE This is a simple question, and the answer is not simple, but there is something that we can all do to help, and we can do it right now – today Before we go any further, let’s face up to the reality that we are, in fact, abusing our children – or […]

The ‘Education’ of Gov. Nikki Haley

BY PHIL NOBLE Gov. Nikki Haley last week announced her much-anticipated plan to improve education. And, as always in these matters, there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that she has finally gotten around to dealing with the most important issue facing our state; the bad news is that […]

SC 2014: Are You Better Off…?

BY PHIL NOBLE As the calendar turns to an election year here in South Carolina, all the usual political suspects are starting to offer up all the usual political rhetoric to try to win your vote, with one side telling you that our state’s current economic forecast is cloudy with a chance of Armageddon, and […]

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