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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2018 Legislative Delegation Meeting ...

The date, time, and location has been set for the 2018 Annual Pickens County Legislative Delegation 

Public Meeting.


TIME:  5:30 P.M

WHERE: 

Pickens County Performing Arts Center (Previously known as the Liberty Civic Center)
314 W. Main Street
Liberty, SC 29657

 If you would like to be put on the agenda to speak, please contact me. Please limit your comments to 3 minutes.

The delegation consists of Pickens County Senators .. Rex Rice & Thomas Alexander, and Representatives ... Neal Collins, Gary Clary, Davey Hiott, and Joshua Putnam

Saturday, December 23, 2017

January 11 2018

Conservatives of the Upstate will meet to REORGANIZE our leadership.

WE NEED YOU THERE!

Going forward we will be setting up a LEADERSHIP TEAM as opposed to having a President.

Pickens County is in danger of becoming more Progressive and less Conservative and WE NEED YOUR HELP protecting Conservative Ideology.

We will be meeting at our usual location at 6:30PM

Blue Ridge Bible Church
769 Belle Shoals Rd
Pickens SC 29671

We will be discussing future locations of meetings as well as agendas and goals which will vary as we are trying to meet the needs of our Conservative voters in Pickens County.

Please join us Thursday January 11th 2018 and become ACTIVE in our government.

COTU Mission Statement:
1. To inform the membership and the public of problems & opportunities facing Conservatives in the 21st century 
2. To communicate our views on Conservatism which include: 
• Our belief in God 
• The sanctity of private property 
• Capitalism & free enterprise 
• Limited Government 
• Constitutional & lawful government conduct 
• Against illegal immigration 
• Lower taxes & less government 
• Transparency of government 
• Accountability of government 
• Improve education 
• Eliminate nepotism 
• Eliminate conflict of interests with politicians

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Attendance Zone Hearings ...


Pickens County Schools said Tuesday that the Pickens County School Board is considering making changes to the attendance lines for elementary schools in the Easley area.

The proposed changes were drawn based on 10-year enrollment projections created by an independent firm.  

The changes, officials said, will aim to meet the following goals:

  • to use school facilities more efficiently based on projected attendance and available space (East End Elementary is above recommended capacity, and its student population is projected to grow over the next five years, while Crosswell Elementary, Forest Acres Elementary, and West End Elementary all have capacity for greater enrollment);
  • to improve car and bus transportation routes within school zones;
  • to improve attendance
  • and to increase space for students to choice in to the upcoming McKissick Academy of Science & Technology from outside the McKissick attendance zone.

Middle school and high school attendance patterns would not be changed by any of the proposals, the school district stated.

The school district will be holding informational meetings on January 9 and January 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Easley High School cafeteria. District administrators and board members will answer questions and listen to feedback during the meetings

That’s life!

Pickens County is considering consolidating into one fire district which would most likely result in higher property taxes, but could potentially lower insurance rates.

To this, I propose the following ...

I pay more for gas because I live way out in the country. It actually takes more effort for the station to receive and transport the gas  and the station has less business.

I don’t want everyone in the state to pay 2¢ more so I can pay 10¢ less. If I want cheaper gas, I get it when I’m out, I move, or find alternatives (Tesla).

Same with insurance. 

If I want cheaper insurance, I consider that when I buy, build, or plan. Maybe I eliminate some costs to offset my higher insurance bill, maybe I can just afford it.

Everyone has to stop thinking like a socialist. Some people pay more, some pay less, most pay in between. That’s life!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Why you should(n't) care about Net Neutrality ...

I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of coverage today on the topic of Net Neutrality being repealed by the Federal Communications Commission.

What is “Net Neutrality”?

In essence, it portends to be the level playing ground that will keep internet and communication companies competitive by not allowing them to charge more for competitive services or less for their own service.

Example: Charter cable couldn’t (under Net Neutrality regulation) charge a fee to stream Netflix nor could they do what’s known as zero-rate their own service. In other words, they’d have to penalize you or not penalize you for either service. There couldn’t be an imbalance.

What “Net Neutrality”  is NOT ...

Many are framing the argument that it’s the regulation that sticks it to the big corporations like Charter, Comcast, AT&T, or Verizon - that it’s the regulation that was put into place in 2015 by the Obama administration that was your defense - because dang it - these companies are evil and they have bad customer service and forget them!

Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with making evil companies better or any company competitive - like big guys (think Charter) vs small guys (think Northland Cable) in the market.

I used to be a heavy supporter for Net Neutrality. I admit I drank the kool-aid and I fought hard to keep my sugar rush of what I thought was freedom on the internet. I was told there’d be higher prices. I was told there’d be anti-competitive monopolies. Then, in 2014, Verizon did something rather odd. In a move to end their unlimited plans, they decided to limit specific streaming service Netflix for its users. Why? The biggest reason is that Verizon was trying to push its own streaming services up North. Verizon’s biggest cellular customers were also starting to complain about network congestion. So, Verizon made up this ridiculous restriction on their network which wasn’t even at 85% capacity in most areas - in an aim to publicly pronounce “measures to please our customers”.

I thought, “Evil Verizon, I moan git em!” I put a lot of advocacy into fighting FOR Net Neutrality."

Then, a good friend and trusted politician posed this question to me,

“How can you be against socialism, yet for socialistic internet?”

He explained that “a level playing ground” in economics, sociopolitical ideals, or the internet is just the last word to fill in the blank of this sentence...

“Socialism aims to make the playing field level for all people in regards to _______________.”

He asked me to think about that for a week and then call him back.

I’m the kind of guy that is stubborn about facts and sticking to those stubborn facts. However, even with my arsenal of good reasons to support Net Neutrality, I didn’t have an answer for him.

Then, Trump was elected. With him came a new appointment to the FCC named Ajit Pai.

Pai promised that there’d be little to no enforcement of Net Neutrality rules. Immediately, AT&T offered a new unlimited wireless plan to compete against T-Mobile who had been gaining subscriber ground for a few quarters. Then Verizon brought back their unlimited plan. Then AT&T one upped them all by giving a steep discount on DirecTV and giving away AppleTV devices to stream TV and offering free wireless to WiFi connections (tethering) - services that were usually $40 each to add.

My monthly AT&T bill went down over $100 and I was getting many more perks and services.

T-mobile started offering free Netflix and free streaming of Netflix. Last week they announced that they too will start offering a TV streaming service soon - one that will outprice AT&T.

To make my point - all I see is competition. All the talk about there being anti-competitiveness is just that - talk.

Friday, December 8, 2017

2018 Pickens County Legislative Delegation Meeting

The date, time, and location has been set for the 2018 Annual Pickens County Legislative Delegation 

Public Meeting.


TIME:  5:30 P.M

WHERE: 

Pickens County Performing Arts Center (Previously known as the Liberty Civic Center)
314 W. Main Street
Liberty, SC 29657

 If you would like to be put on the agenda to speak, please contact me. Please limit your comments to 3 minutes.

The delegation consists of Pickens County Senators .. Rex Rice & Thomas Alexander, and Representatives ... Neal Collins, Gary Clary, Davey Hiott, and Joshua Putnam