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Friday, December 26, 2014

Recently, the leader, Robin Nelson Miller, of the political action group masquerading by the name Concerned Citizens Of Pickens County posted another vitriolic attack of Conservatives Of The Upstate on their facebook page ...

As usual, her post was devoid of facts and full of misdirection. She defended CCPC "business partner" Tom O' Hanlan's use of special requested tax reductions while advocating taxes be raised on all other businesses that DON'T get such credits ...

Miller never said we were not correct. The facts are; Mr. O'Hanlan has avoided part of his taxes by paying fees, and maybe $7,000 dollars isn't much to Ms. Miller, but it is almost one quarter of a new teacher's yearly salary. I congratulate Mr. O'Hanlan on being a rich man and paying his fees.  That was not the issue.  The issue was that he took a position that he favored the citizens of Pickens County paying more TAXES not FEES and if he had 10 other properties, he avoided the taxes on the one we printed.  When he favors Pickens people paying more taxes, he avoids the issue of Article 11 Section 3 of the SC Constitution where the State is responsible for education; not the counties.  He avoids the fact that the School Board refuses to refund the money they have over-collected from the citizens by violating SC Law 12-43-285 (probably between $45 and &100 million). He just simply forgets that the School Board is trying to refinance revenue bonds that they do not own.  They spent interest that was not theirs; maybe $55 million.

The children have the best buildings in the state, they have the best athletic facilities, they have technology, but instead of all the former; they should have invested more in up to date things that move with Technology.  Technology is moving so fast by the time you get it installed; it is obsolete.  They should have gotten off Common Core which is a poor excuse for an educational standard.  It is part of the liberal, progressive take over of this country.

I pity Mrs. Miller because she will not read the law (we are a democratic republic who voluntarily obey the laws).  The politicians of this land take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend both constitutions, not find every way to subvert them. 

Yes, I am an older man who loves this country; the USA.  One who admires the technology that causes us to pay our taxes, and love our children.  I am not going to cow tow to a group of folks that want to do something whether it is legal or not.

Junius Smith
Conservatives Of The Upstate

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