- There is no city government in the United States more in need of leaving old ways and former players behind than Columbia."
Ad executive Kevin Fisher,
on former city manager Leona Plaugh's interest in seeking a city council seat
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- It's certainly a conviction of hypocrisy but that's as bad as it gets."
Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia,
after panel decided that most accusations against Gov. Mark Sanford don't merit impeachment even though they are at odds with the thrifty image Sanford has cultivated
All options should be on the table as the Upstate - and all of South Carolina - looks at how it will handle increasing traffic congestion. Those options include HOV and HOT lanes that probably will be part of a state traffic study due out early next year.
HOV and HOT are dedicated lanes for vehicles with two or more passengers (HOV) or for those who pay a toll to drive in them (HOT). ...
There probably is a place for this strategy in some parts of South Carolina where traffic congestion is extremely heavy. ...
However, there's an important caveat. HOV or HOT lanes won't work by simply converting existing lanes. That would not appreciably alter the traffic mix on state highways. Rather, if HOV or HOT lanes are going to be used, they would have to be added as additional lanes. And therein lies a significant problem: It's very expensive to add lanes on an interstate or other divided highway.
But unless the state finds a way to increase its transportation revenue to above the level it needs to maintain existing infrastructure, the chances are low that it could dramatically expand existing infrastructure.
The Greenville News
Texting while driving
Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg ... has prefiled legislation to ban the use of communication devices while driving. This would include cell phones, PDAs, Blackberrys or any other hand-held device that could distract one while driving. ...
Whether his bill will get immediate and strong support is unclear, as banning all uses of all such devices may be seen is going too far. But restrictions are coming in South Carolina and nationally.
... South Carolina is wise to address the issue ahead of federal mandates that will force states to act. ...
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg)
... Public debate over the flag's place seems likely to re-ignite next year, after two S.C candidates for major offices each described addressing it as part of their platforms. First, a Charleston attorney seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, Mullins McLeod, issued a jobs plan that calls for removing the controversial flag to a museum in order to improve the state's reputation to businesses around the country.
... retired Air Force Col. Robert Burton, a Charleston Democrat seeking the nomination next year to challenge U.S. Rep. Henry Brown ... proposes enlisting tourism-based chambers of commerce in Myrtle Beach, Charleston and other areas to create political pressure. ...
McLeod and Burton are making economic arguments for seeking an end to the boycott. If next year is as dominated by a stressed economy as 2009 has been, those arguments may prove attractive. ...
The Sun News (Myrtle Beach)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
- "Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Leonardo da Vinci
- "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith." Hebrews 10:22