How national issues are hurting our local economy

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, you must agree that our nation has major economic problems.  These problems have filtered down to the local level, resulting in more closed stores, fewer employees, more on unemployment.

On Oct. 4, Richard Todd (the morning voice on WTMA) moderated a discussion with four local business people.  The panel analyzed the problems unique to each type of business and where the problems originated.

The panel included Lou Caputo (CEO at Summerville Medical Center), Jack Tupper (Tupperway Tires), George Tupper (builder/realtor), and Chris Bauer (owner of 3 Sweetwater Grille restaurants).


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Rep. Scott will speak at GC 9.12 on 9/1

The Goose Creek “We the People” 9/12 will be adding an additional speaker to our September 1, 2011 meeting. Representative Tim Scott, from South Carolina 1st Congressional District, will report on his recent Congressional trip to Israel.

Our other speaker is California political comedian Eric Golub.  A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, Eric began blogging in March 2007, the three-year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then.  Eric blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends. The meeting will be at the Berkeley Co-op Building, 2 Springhall Dr., Goose Creek, SC at 7 p.m.

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The 9.12 Project supports State Supt of Schools

Five staunch conservatives determined to show their support for Superintendent of the State Dept. of Education Mick Zais drove to Columbia for the state school board meeting.

Zais was easily elected on a platform of refusing federal funding because of the many federal mandates attached.  Today South Carolina is the only state that has not applied for the money.  About 50 people picketed outside the office building Monday, angry that South Carolina would not share in the extra $$$ even though we have contributed to it through taxes.

Two of us (Bill Bates from the Goose Creek 9.12 and myself) spoke of the support Dr. Zais has from the LowCountry, Goose Creek and Mt. Pleasant 9/12 Projects as well as the Charleston Tea Party, and thanked him for standing on his principles as he represents us.

Once the board meeting began, however, it was quickly clear that the board was determined to chastise Dr. Zais.  Board member Tim Moore (Aiken) proposed an amendment that will require Dr. Zais to actively search for all outside sources of funding, apply for them, and give the board a regular accounting of his actions toward this end. This was passed.

Phillip Bowers (Seneca) was the only board member (out of 13) who seemed supportive of the Superintendent.  He asked the board to ask themselves whether a different person would be treated in the same way.  He suggested that this was a personal reprimand, and the 5 of us who were watching and really knew nothing about anyone’s backgrounds or politics had to agree that it certainly appeared so.

By the end of the afternoon, we witnessed many proposals put on the floor for approval; Mr. Bowers suggested amendments that seemed to be sensible to us, and no one would even  second them so the amendments could be discussed.  This is clearly a board with problems.

During second reading for approval of the state standards for social studies, Mr. Bowers asked forcefully that the many references to global warming be modified so that it does not read as though global warming is an accepted fact.  There are as many experts who do not believe in global warming as there are those who do, he said.

Bowers also stated that the references that say that the “Constitution is evolving” be stricken, since the Constitution has not changed in 200 years.  Chairman Dr. Gerrita Postlewait noted that the Constitution has been amended.  However, Bowers is correct; the Constitution does not evolve.

We intend to go back next month and speak out on these 2 issues, although I have to say, I felt the negativity in the room, both to ourselves and to Mr. Bowers.  Speaking to him afterwards, Bowers said that he is a Republican in a room full of Democrats in spite of this being a Republican state.  Normally, he said, he has 2 other board members who tend to agree with him.  One of them is our own representative, Larry Kabrovsky, who unfortunately was not there.

In a side note, the board agreed to change references from mentally challenged to intellectually challenged.  Another fine example of time and probably money wasted on a politically correct non-issue.

–Linda, Aug. 18, 2011


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The Red State Gathering

Linda, Dana and Gene enjoyed the electric moment!

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Sen. Rose to report on healthcare exchanges

State Sen. Mike Rose, who recently attended a conference in New Orleans of legislators from all 50 states in order to learn what other states are doing about health care in general and health insurance exchanges in particular, will give us a report at our September 6th meeting.  Rose is the Senate’s appointee to the Governor’s Health Planning Committee.


How headlines lead our thinking

How headlines can deceive


The headline “Blacks denied home loans” in a recent Post & Courier article misrepresented the overall point of the article, which is that people with bad credit ratings are denied home loans.  That they are black, 4 to 1, is secondary, and should not have been the headline.   They could as easily have pointed out that “Under 30s denied home loans,” but that wouldn’t be as incendiary.  Their editors need to watch for this kind of slant.


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9.12 off to “Rediscovering God in America” conference

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Five 9.12ers attended the “Rediscovering God in America” conference in Columbia July 18-19.   It was an outstanding event, led by and geared toward pastors, who were encouraged to step up and  be bolder in their sermons about what’s happening to … Continue reading

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