• Last week, the “inbox” of my e-mail account was abused by South Carolina politicians trying to spin S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s indiscretions in their own favor. Among them was Sanford, himself.

    It became a case of dueling press conferences that resulted in political sniping across the state. I know this because lots of folks with an opinion (and a political campaign) sent me multiple e-mails on the subject.

  • It’s National Newspaper Week and a good time to set the record straight about South Carolina’s 115 daily and weekly newspapers.

    Your local newspaper is facing tight times, just like other businesses. But unlike some highly-publicized big city newspapers, your hometown paper isn’t going away.

    The newspaper in your hands now will keep coming to you next week and next year to tell you what’s going on in your community. And we should be thankful for that.

  • Every day another 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance.

    Every 12 minutes another American dies due to lack of coverage and medical care.

  • As the holidays approach, many of us will gather with family and friends. More often than not, these gatherings will include reminiscences about loved ones, re-telling of funny family stories, and the sharing of traditions honored year after year.

    This emphasis on remembrance, so welcomed during joyful times, also plays an important role in difficult times, especially at the end of life.

  • My name is Wallace McBride, and I’m football illiterate.

    I don’t know much about the sport. The basic structure of the game is pretty easy to grasp, but the smaller details have always eluded me.

  • After a week of debate until the wee hours of the night and morning, the House approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11 that is an improvement over the version approved by the House Ways and Means Committee but is still far from adequate. The new version (H 4657)  would incorporate nearly $174  million in expected new federal Medicaid funds to help  restore funding to several agencies, including the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and Department of Juvenile Justice. 

  • It was a fun - if exhausting - few hours.

    Saturday morning I packed a bag, applied some sunscreen and ventured out to 40 Acre Rock. Like Sugarloaf Mountain, 40 Acre Rock is one of those places I’ve heard people talk about but never actually visited.  There were a lot of images in my head about what a place called “40 Acre Rock” might look like, and I was a little surprised to see it looked nothing like the setting of an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel.

  • One of the main issues on our legislative plate this session is reforming the state Employment Security Commission (ESC), the agency responsible for providing unemployment benefits to the state’s jobless and for managing the state’s job placement programs.