The trouble with our trade debates is that people assume that they’re only about economics. Since World War II, U.S. trade policy has also been a pillar of U.S. foreign policy. In the early postwar decades, America encouraged trade with Europe and Japan — allowing more of their exports into the United States — as a way of achieving our political goals. Trade would build their prosperity, and their prosperity would promote democracy over communism.
While Columbia may well need to search for ways to limit the burden on taxpayers while still boosting the general fund, you’ve got to think that at some point in the next few years that task will get a little bit easier. New property taxes generated by what is predicted to be gang-buster growth in the city has to begin rolling in at some point. When it does, there should be less of a need to conjure up ways to bolster the general fund.
I am encouraged to see a proposal being made by a bipartisan group of senators who are trying to help the working poor in South Carolina get health care. Unfortunately, they are in the minority, so this is an uphill battle, to say the least. Still, it is very encouraging that a few are trying to solve problems South Carolina faces.
I have been extremely pleased with the service I have received at the Dorn Medical Center for the past 15 years. The support staff has been friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The doctors have been outstanding.
I took a friend who was encountering severe chest and back pain to the VA hospital emergency room one recent night. After an hour and a half, I was able to go back to the treatment area to find that all that had been done was an X-ray and urine sample; the doctor had yet to see him. Although it did seem as if the ER was busy, five nurses were at or sitting near the desk in his area.
Thank you for covering offshore oil exploration, drilling and production (“Officials at odds over offshore drilling in S.C.,” March 28). The comments by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan touting such an enterprise have been interesting.
“Wolf Hall,” the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII – and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More – is now a TV series (presented on PBS). It is maddeningly good.
Owning a fragment of history — a Gettysburg bullet, a Coolidge campaign button — is fun, so in 1968 Gregg Bemis became an owner of the Lusitania. This 787-feet-long passenger liner has been beneath 300 feet of water off Ireland’s south coast since a single German torpedo sank it 100 years ago Thursday. It contains the 4 million U.S.-made rifle bullets and other munitions that the ship had been carrying from neutral America to wartime Britain.
The Republican Party has only one problem heading into 2016: whom to select to run for president. The Democratic Party has only one problem: Hillary is all it has. We, the voters, have 535 problems: Congress.
Riots broke out again this week, this time in Baltimore, where protesters spent several days peacefully demonstrating against the death of Freddie Gray, a young African-American man who died in police custody.
After more than 35 years living in Columbia and now having my youngest in her third year at USC, it’s time to speak up. We need to lose the spur, that artificial weapon attached to fighting roosters’ legs and associated with animal abuse, criminal activity and horribly cruel behavior.
While some defenders say ho hum, Hillary Clinton’s failure as secretary of state to follow through on a pledge aimed at reducing the possibility of conflict of interest was either inexcusably negligent or deceptive.