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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What's Wrong with South Carolina? Hugh Leatherman and Bobby Harrell

What's Wrong with South Carolina? | The Nerve

"""...In a stunning display of the insidious concentration of power plaguing the state, the majority of the STIB board is appointed by two people – one, a senator (the President Pro Tem, Hugh Leatherman, from Florence); the other a member of the House (the Speaker – formerly Bobby Harrell). Collectively, they represent less than 3 percent of the voters in the state, but they control the entire new construction transportation budget and all of the new repair and maintenance funding.

Last month, the DOT released a report asserting that the state faces a $42 billion shortfall in transportation funding over the coming 45 years.  That comes to almost $24,000 per South Carolina household. Which is to say, the number is a joke.

Underneath the number are billions of dollars of funding for the pet projects of political insiders, projects that are unnecessary, unimportant or outright harmful. The poster children are I-73 between Rockingham, N.C. and Conway, at $2.4 billion, and the extension of I-526 to Johns Island, at more than half a billion dollars. Removing those two boondoggles would reduce the “backlog” by $3 billion...""" source link

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Come on, man! What have you been doing for 27 Years?!!!

Editors Opinion: According to his bio posted on the Lee County Sheriff's Office website, Daniel Simon began his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Bishopville Police Department. In 2010, he became the Sheriff as a result of a special election which was held following the arrest and subsequent conviction of the former Sheriff, E. J. Melvin. Now we read that this Sheriff, whose personal motto reads: "Learning Not to Prepare, Is Preparing to Fail" and who has approximately 27 years in law enforcement, is complaining that, "We have to be proactive...", then maybe he is not the person for the job.

Lee County's Sheriff is reactive in his leadership because he lacks the initiative required to be a good leader. Events direct his agenda, surprising him and he reacts by complaining that he is not proactive.  Took 27 years to recognize the problem and only now is he reacting by complaining, "We've gotta do something about it...".  I mean; Come on, man! What have you been doing all those years?!!!

Sheriff: Missing 17-Year-old Found Dead: ""We've gotta do something about it, we can't just sit back and wait for things like this to happen. We have to be proactive because what happened this weekend can happen next weekend, it can happen tomorrow," said Simon."

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