Columns

Since 2011, Phil has written a weekly column about South Carolina for the SC Press Association and it appears in several dozen newspapers across the state. He also does a monthly column for the Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly and the Charleston Business Magazine.

Phil’s columns are about education, politics, business, history, culture – and all things South Carolina.

Do We Have State Sanctioned ‘Child Abuse’ in South Carolina?

Suppose you had a neighbor next door that did not adequately feed their children; and they did not provide adequate health care to them; and they did not provide their children with the economic support needed to have a decent life; and they did not provide them with reasonable family support.

And, suppose that this neighbor did this year after year. And, suppose that you regularly had a talk with your neighbor and showed them how they were not measuring up and told them there were resources available to them to do better.

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S.C.’s Nuclear Scandal, Politicians and Clean/Dirty Hands

For a columnist like me, the state’s nuclear scandal is the gift that keeps on giving. It is no exaggeration to say that there could be a column every week (or several times a week) on the growing scandal – and it’s likely to be so for months and even years to come.

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South Carolina’s Nuclear Meltdown: What Next, Who Pays?

Here’s the issue: SCANA (the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas) and Santee Cooper (the state-owned utility that provides power for 11 local electric co-ops) tried to build two nuclear reactors and failed. They just pulled the plug on the projects costing $9 billion and 5,000 jobs – so far.

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Charlottesville: What You Can Do Now

Most everyone was outraged by what happened in Charlottesville. If you are in that tiny sliver of humanity that was not outraged, well…

It is only human to react by asking, “What can I do?”

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Political ‘false choices’ are crippling South Carolina

Neil Robinson is a man who should be listened to.

He is an eminent Charleston attorney with a prestigious statewide law firm. He is highly respected by his peers and community as testified by a wall crowded with commendations and accolades. With his head full of white hair, his well-tailored suits and his air of quiet confidence, he has a distinguished and slightly imposing bearing.

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We Need to Reinvent Public Education in South Carolina

Cindi Ross Scoppe is one of the most important people in South Carolina. And, she has recently put forward one of the most important ideas for this state – perhaps the most important – for the last generation or so.

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Is The Dream Dead or Alive in South Carolina?

If you stop and really think about it, this is the most fundamental question one could ask about our state and nation.

And the answer says a lot about the kind of people we are as a state and a nation.

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The Coding Movement is Sweeping the World, U.S. and S.C.

All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding movement is sweeping the country.

So, who is behind the coding movement?

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South Carolina’s Impending $19 Billion ‘Robbery’?

“Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.” Woody Guthrie

Full disclosure: I have nothing against the state’s utilities. Back in the 1980s and 90s when I was Director of the Palmetto Project, two of our board members were Virgil C. Summer, retired Chair of the Board of SCANNA (the parent company of SCE&G) and Al Ballard, head of the Electric Co-ops of South Carolina, the retail distributors of Santee Cooper’s power. Virgil was the founding Chairman on the Palmetto Project. Both of these men exemplified the highest values of corporate integrity, accountability and putting the people of our state first. A more recent full disclosure is that in the last few years I have solicited, without success, financial support from both SCE&G and Santee Cooper for non-profit projects.

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McMaster, Trump, and Saving the Planet (and S.C.)

On Saturday morning, the newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up I saw the headline, “McMaster Backs Trump’s Exit from Climate Accord.”

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