Conventions and Polls

Conventions and Polls

Every week appears to be notable for one reason or another, and this past week was no exception. There were at least two reasons to consider the last week in April notable in South Carolina: the state Democratic Party Convention and the release of a new Winthrop Poll. In addition to the predictably rousing keynote […]

Laws of Wealth Creation & Poverty

Laws of Wealth Creation & Poverty

When it comes to economics, while I already knew it to be true, my time in Branch Banking solidified that the laws of wealth creation and poverty are non-respecter of person issues.  I’d like to share three quick stories which highlight that thought process. In the course of running five different branches, in vastly different […]

An Open Convention

An Open Convention

Every four years our country produces the summer spectacle of party political conventions, going through the nominating process that ultimately produces the two major party candidates for President of the United States. Every year from 1856 to the present, one of the two men nominated by the Republican or by the Democratic Party has then […]

Pope Francis and Helping Muslim Refugees

Pope Francis and Helping Muslim Refugees

One ancient Chinese curse, we are told, is “May you live in interesting times.” The Twenty-First Century, though barely one sixth through, is proving to be one of those interesting times. Those of us who enjoy the study of history know that the biggest split in the Muslim world happened in 661 A.D., when Islam’s […]

Remembering Tax Day…2016

Remembering Tax Day…2016

Last week I wrote about Tax Day 30 years ago: April 15, 1986, Operation El Dorado Canyon, and how I became personally connected to the faces the West must come to grips with as we address the issues of Radical Islamic Terrorism and its worldview plan to destroy Western Civilization by our own hands.  I […]

Congratulations, Shane Massey!

Congratulations, Shane Massey!

As Shane related to the readers of his newsletter this week, he didn’t expect this! Congratulations to Shane Massey, as our state’s new Senate Majority Leader! It is indeed an honor that his peers elected him to such a responsible position, an honor in the long Edgefield tradition of providing political leaders for our state. […]

Remembering Tax Day…1986

Remembering Tax Day…1986

By Monday next week, all Americans should have filed their Federal Income Tax Forms.  When all is said and done, 54.3 % of American’s will have paid into the Federal Tax system and 45.7 % of American’s will “break even” or receive tax credits back from Uncle Sam (2015 Stats from Tax Policy Center Data). […]

Things Preventing America from Becoming Great Again

In the course of my writing for The Edgefield Advertiser, I have shared that I believe many of the issues facing us today are “non-respecter of person issues.”  I stated I would at times be returning back to this theme. This week, while working on the farm my index finger got caught in a piece […]

Welcome the Stranger – With Education

Those Edgefield Advertiser readers who have become familiar with these columns (and I am truly thankful for each one of you!) have recognized that there are several themes I often return to. The multi- cultural requirement that many of us have learned in Church, Synagogue, or Mosque to “Welcome the Stranger” is one of those, […]

Software – Edgefield County tax office

Letters to The Editor Edgefield Advertiser I hope that all of your readers saw the article in your March 16 edition written by Tiffany Ireland concerning the problem with software in the Edgefield County tax office and the mistakes that had been made on many tax bills that went out in 2015 and have been […]