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To state the obvious, federal spending matters. It drives the need for federal taxes. When federal taxes don’t pay for all the government we use, deficits occur. And a deficit is nothing more than a deferred tax – the bill will get paid, it’s just handed to the next generation. Our nation’s debt...
Take a moment to think about your closest friends (we’ll give you a minute). Then ask yourself: which ones are interfering with my happiness? Which ones are bringing me down, eroding my self-confidence, my good mood? As a general rule, we tend to undervalue how important friendships are and the...
I did not notice IT when I strolled into the kitchen a few mornings ago. My lovely wife, Grace, and my Aunt Toogie were sipping coffee at the breakfast table. Initiating pleasant conversation, I inquired, “So what are you gals up to today?” The rejoinder was a high-pitched siren, BLAAH! The noise...
Democratic candidate responds to letter to the editor Mr. McBride voiced concerns (in the Nov. 2, 2017 edition of The Daniel Island News) about candidates from Charleston County running for the seat in House District 99 caring less for the issues of Daniel Island or Berkeley County. I am running...
Residents put down roots on tranquil Daniel Isle. A peaceful existence, a locale for a smile. Their abodes were kept warm; in the summer kept cool. The homes were all lighted and a few had a pool. Technology gizmos overfilled all these houses. Cellphones, flat screens, tablets, and computers with...
The use of the Accommodations Tax money I attended the Berkeley County Council meeting last week and one of the discussions was the use of the Accommodations Tax money. These were the options discussed for the use of the funds, which will be between a half to a million dollars per year with the...
Spoiler alert: the three words are I, always and never. Apparently, how often you use them reveals more about your personality than you might think. The standard notion is that people who frequently use the word “I” are egotistic, narcissistic and full of themselves. And it’s long been believed...
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin The wisdom of Benjamin Franklin never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Of course, discovering electricity isn’t the only energy-producing activity he is credited with on his long list of achievements. In...
The global news isn’t all bad. Amid the heartbreaking daily news feed, it’s important to remember that scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs are working 24/7 to solve some of our most pressing challenges. Here are three to appreciate. CLEAN WATER First the facts. A nature.com report explains: “...
Do you remember the first time you held a baby? It probably felt a bit awkward. You might have experienced fear and anxiety. My daughter experienced that recently when we went to visit our neighbors and their newborn, Foster. Chances are, especially if you are now a parent, that you feel very...

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