South Carolina Citizen Journal

January 30, 2008

Keep South Carolina Ports for South Carolina

The South Carolina Ports Authority is in the news again. Containers coming through our system dropped 11 percent in 2007. Somehow this drop in cargo should be answered with an expansion of the Charleston port, but no one is explaining why an expansion is a good answer to a drop in demand. Obviously we have capacity to spare at this point. Perhaps we need to update the facilities to attract business, I’m not sure.

There are a couple of things that I am sure of. One is, any call for privatizing the state ports is a bad idea. Sovereign funds have been in the news a lot lately. They’ve been buying up a lot of U.S. banking concerns recently, among other things. This is relevant in a couple of ways.

First, I don’t think we want a Middle Eastern sovereign fund buying up our state’s ports. Or the Germans or the Russians. Oh, maybe the Communist Chinese, I hear they run an excellent port system in Hong Kong.

Second, there is nothing wrong with South Carolina having its own Sovereign fund. A fund that the state, i.e. the citizens of South Carolina own. Right now our ports are probably the crowning jewel of our state’s sovereign fund, one of which I am quite proud of, and I’m not interested in selling it off to any foreign(out of state) concerns.

If the ports need better management, or more legislative help to facilitate improving the infrastructure then I’m all for it. But when you call for the selling off of one of our signature assets to foreign investors whose sole goal is to extract the most amount of profit from our state as possible and take it elsewhere, then I have to say I’m against it.

Keep South Carolina ports for South Carolina.

January 29, 2008

Classroom unruliness and disruption

Filed under: Education, South Carolina — Tags: , , , , — NotforHire @ 9:46 am

Teachers in South Carolina will not be able to effectively do their jobs until they have the power to tell a student to get out of their classroom for unruliness.

Public schools in South Carolina will not be effective institutions until the school administrators figure out what to do with the students that teachers dismiss from their classrooms for unruliness.

Classrooms cannot function as warehouses for our children as well as places of learning, there is just no two ways about it. School boards and administrators have to find ways of dealing with students that constantly disrupt the learning process that is outside of the classroom, not in it.

A couple of basic suggestions for administrators charged with these students, 1) A couple of miles around the track or 2) installing a couple of stationary bicycles in the office and giving the students five miles on it, or ten. Just a couple of ideas but the crux of the matter is that school administrators have to step up to the plate and stop having teachers do their job for them.

In any event, in order for South Carolina to work towards a world class educational system, the teachers will have to have the power to remove students from their classrooms, and administrators are going to have to figure out what to do with the kids while they are out of the classrooms, and what to do to motivate the students to prefer to be orderly in the classroom rather than be sent away from it.

January 12, 2008

South Carolina Golf TV ad

Filed under: Bureaucracy, Economy, South Carolina — Tags: , , , — NotforHire @ 9:04 am

I was watching a little cable last night when on came a delightful commercial(very high production values) promoting golf in our fine state.

Directed to go to southcarolinagolf.com, I did, being redirected to golf.discoversouthcarolina.com(but no matter), which is a SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism website.

Kudos on the web site too, very slick and inviting. Before I knew it I found myself out in the back yard hitting a few balls despite the fact that it was raining.

Anyway, upon further rumination, I had to ask myself who is paying to put this ad on television IN OUR OWN STATE rather than in other targeted states for promotion? Surely it must be a mistake, and if not, surely someone at the SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will be reprimanded. And surely any money paid to in state media outlets for airing the ad will be refunded at the state’s request.

I’d also like to think that the SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is partnering with the South Carolina Golf Association(scgolf.org) on the cost of producing the commercial and the cost of airing it in more appropriate markets. If we could just see the numbers regarding this particular little project to set my little taxpaying citizen’s minds at ease I would appreciate it.

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January 10, 2008

School District Energy Competition

Filed under: Economy, Education, Environment, South Carolina — Tags: , , , — NotforHire @ 11:10 am

Citizen Journal would like to see every South Carolina school district institute a yearly competition, within each school district, between schools, of which school can use the least energy throughout the school year(per capita), with some sort of commensurate prize awarded to the winning school.

Such a competition will save school district resources, foster healthy competition between schools and can be used as a learning tool in a variety of disciplines as well.

January 9, 2008

Mmmm, DeMinty

Filed under: South Carolina, U.S. Congress — Tags: , , , , , — NotforHire @ 11:39 am

“U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., will be campaigning on behalf of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney today in S.C. DeMint will greet voters in Greenville and the Lowcountry.”

This is the blurb from The State regarding our Senator’s swing through the state, talking the talk in support of his presidential candidate.

I’ve said before I have no problem with the Senator traveling on his own dime to do this, but what is it costing the taxpayers? Who in the Senator’s entourage is on the federal payroll? How many are traveling with him and are we paying for it all? It’s important that officials we as a state elect are clear that we expect them to have their own office’s finances in line with other efforts towards making government more efficient and less costly.

It is in the best interest of this goal that officials we elect to Washington start publishing their office’s budgets, along with a breakdown of the expenditures.

This, people, is what would be called walking the walk.

January 5, 2008

Congressman Inglis takes trip to South Pole on taxpayer’s money

Filed under: Environment, South Carolina, U.S. Congress — NotforHire @ 10:17 am

Bob Inglis, global warming skeptic who has recently felt the warm breeze of political change in his face, has been taking jaunts around the world on taxpayer money to see for himself, most recently to Antarctica. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I send South Carolinians’ to Washington to stop unnecessary spending such as ‘fact finding’ trips to far flung locales, not to get on board the congressional lollipop train.

It’s time for our representatives to get serious about making government smaller and more efficient, to get serious or get out. When South Carolina sends its representatives to Washington we expect them to stay in Washington and get the job done, period.

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January 4, 2008

45 from Richland school district going to Mobile

Filed under: Education, South Carolina — Tags: — NotforHire @ 8:04 am

Does it really take 45 people from the Richland school district to go to Mobile to study their school system? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to send ONE COMPETENT PERSON who would then return and report back to the Richland school system? If the Richland school system can do without 45 people at a time for a few days, perhaps they are excessively staffed and funded, and could do without a few of these positions permanently. Maybe Richland could instead use these resources to reduce class size or increase teacher’s salaries, both proven methods of improving schools.

January 3, 2008

Graham and DeMint in Iowa

Filed under: Uncategorized — NotforHire @ 7:43 am

Our esteemed Senators are traveling through Iowa right now, supporting their presidential candidates. No doubt they do so completely as private citizens, spending not one penny of taxpayer’s money.

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January 1, 2008

This Year

Filed under: Circle the Wagons, South Carolina — NotforHire @ 1:52 pm

Ought eight is the year folks, time to circle the wagons. More on this soon.
Happy New Year.

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