Saving downtown requires a buy-in from everyone

Pickens County is not Greenville. Period.So when it comes to how economic issues such as downtown revitalization are addressed, whether it is Pickens, Easley or Liberty, the Greenville model and plan is not, nor will it ever be, a fit. The tax base of property, sales and industry within the county does not allow for the same flexibility and spending Greenville is capable of bringing to bear.S.C. 123, leading from Easley and Pickens County to Greenville, is both a blessin...

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Campaign finance reform is small change

Here we go again: The US Supreme Court has relaxed some political contribution limits. Cue the hype.Last year, 2013, was the first year of the 2014 campaign cycle.Question #1: How much did federal elected officials spend on their 2014 campaigns last year?Answer: At least $3.45 trillion — a little over $6.4 billion for each US Senator and US Representative and for the two elected executive branch officials, the president and vice-president.Yes,...

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How not to respond to charges of hyprocrisy

More than a decade ago, neoconservative bloggers coined the term “Fisking” for the polemical device (originally demonstrated against left-leaning journalist Robert Fisk) of taking apart a commentary, sentence by sentence, analytically ripping each part to shreds. Although the neocon positions in this debate range from misguided to repugnant, the technique itself is a good one. And President Obama’s recent remarks on the Crimean crisis, in his March 26 address to European you...

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Time to fix government

In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.

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The Iranian threat that never was

If you take politicians and the mainstream media seriously, you believe that Iran wants a nuclear weapon and has relentlessly engaged in covert efforts to build one. Even if you are aware that Iran signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is subject to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections, you may believe that those who run the Islamic Republic have cleverly found ways to construct a nuclear-weapons industry almost undetected. Therefore, you may conclude, Democra...

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We will cause our own undoing

We have become a nation of special interests and in the end it will be our undoing.The great thing about democracy, small “D” for the concept not the form of government, is that it takes a majority to do business of any kind. Does this mean everyone will be happy with its results 100 percent of the time? Certainly not, that’s an unreasonable expectation, but there should always be at least 51 percent or more happy 100 percent of the time.

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