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The dropping temperatures Having grown up in Pennsylvania, I was always accustomed to January being well below zero in regards to temperature. Growing up, January was a time of snowball fights and sled rides. Now that I live in South Carolina, those activities are no longer possible. However, I must say that the recent cold weather we have been having has been a nice change of pace. Here are some quotes about what other people had to say about the colder temperatures we are currently experiencing. “In a very cold night, even houses want to have houses of their own to enter inside them and feel warm!” - Mehmet Murat ildan “I like the cold weather. It means you get work done.” - Noam Chomsky

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” - Edith Sitwell

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“Scarves, mittens, and hats are a great way to express your personality in the cold weather.” - Brad Goreski

“Let me be the first to tell you, drinking alcohol is the worst thing to do in cold weather. Hot soup is the best because the process of digesting food helps to warm you up.” - Morgan Freeman

“The cold never bothered me anyway.” - Elsa from Disney’s Frozen

A gentleman is a gentleman, regardless of age. At least that’s what Darlington High School’s Falcon Young Men of Distinction are working to instill in the BrunsonDargan Elementary School Little Gents. The former group recently kicked off a new initiative when they visited with the Little Gents for a day of mentoring and friendship. Founded in 2014, the Falcon Young Men of Distinction works to improve behavior and academics amongst its members at Darlington High. The group’s ultimate goal is to foster well-rounded gentlemen who will become leaders in their community. Similarly, the Little Gents got its start the following year at BrunsonDargan Elementary. School mentors have worked ever since to impart gentleman-like goals and behaviors for their young members. The meeting between the Falcon Young Men of Distinction and the Little Gents marked the first of its kind, an exciting moment for principals of both schools. “The Falcon Young Men of Distinction program exemplifies the importance of providing mentorship for the youth in Darlington County,” said Cortney Gehrke, principal at Darlington High. “These young men have

“One thing about cold weather: it brings out the statistician in everyone.” - Paul Theroux

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“I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood.” - Bill Watterson

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“Shut the door not that it lets in the cold but that it lets out the coziness.” - Mark Twain

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Members of the Darlington High School Falcon Young Men of Distinction and adult mentors visit recently with the Brunson-Dargan Elementary School Little Gents group in the first of a series of meetings aimed at collaboration and mentorship. developed their personal goals and leadership skills while discovering a love for community service. We are thankful to have such wonderful mentors helping shape the future leaders in Darlington County.” “The most awesome part of this experience was seeing the eyes of my Little Gents sparkle when they met the Darlington High gentlemen,” said Ada Sindab, principal at Brunson-Dargan. “One of the Darlington High students was a former Brunson-Dargan student. My students saw them as an inspiration. In a few years, maybe the Little Gents can return to inspire the next

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The City of Hartsville African American Cemetery Committee will have a dedication ceremony of the historical marker placed at the Marion Avenue Cemetery at 11 a.m. on January 21. This dedication will be held in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance and People to People of Hartsville. This ceremony will feature numerous speakers reflecting

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on the lives of those buried in the cemetery along with appreciation for those that have made the cleanup of this cemetery possible. Following the dedication, there will be a march to Jerusalem Baptist Church for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. The cemetery is located at 500 Marion Avenue, Hartsville. All are invited and welcome to attend.

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generation.” During the visit, both groups gave an overview of their respective programs before grouping in pairs for a Q&A session. The members also recited their group creeds for each other and demonstrated tying a tie in front of guests. The students enjoyed refreshments before taking group photos. As a follow-up to the meeting, each

mentoring group will be challenged with writing a reflection about their experience to share at a future collaboration. Jason Brown, a former school career specialist, founded the Falcon Young Men of Distinction. The program is now under the direction of Justin Means, a former Darlington graduate and currently the band assistant. Frank O’Shea, a Spanish teacher and current school Teacher of the Year, works alongside Means. Other mentors include science teacher Philip Barr, School Resource Officer (SRO) Keith Cauthen, Campus Supervisor Darrell Bruce, and teacher assistant and coach William Dubose. Former Brunson-Dargan Physical Education teacher Joseph Gainey and Officer Cauthen, who was the SRO at Brunson-Dargan at the time, founded Little Gents. Keegan Franklin, a teaching assistant, and SRO Gary August now guide the program.

Chamber hosts Private and Home School Expo The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first Private and Home School Expo on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hartsville Hampton Inn & Suites. The Expo offers parents an opportunity to learn about the private and home school choices available in the greater Hartsville area. The home school cohort Classical Conversations and private schools including Emmanuel Christian School, Montessori Day Academy of Hartsville, Thomas Hart Academy, Narrow Way Nature Center, and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School will be present with informational booths. The Hartsville Memo-

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More than 240 student-musicians shine in All-County Music Festival In an inspiring and entertaining evening, more than 240 students from across the Darlington County School District (DCSD) participated in the Fifth Annual All-County Music Festival on January 8. The event filled the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center at Coker College. “Our talented students produced yet another stellar performance. I believe it was the best yet,” said Marisa Johnson, DCSD’s coordinator of Arts and Innovative Programs. “Their investment and performance prove just how important the arts can be in a child’s life. We also commend our music instructors for their work and dedication in preparing the students.” The purpose of the AllCounty Music Festival is to broaden the music education of Darlington County students while providing opportunities for more advanced training in instrumental and vocal music through clinical study and per-

More than 240 Darlington County School District student-musicians participated in the 2019 DCSD All-County Music Festival, which was held Jan. 8, 2019, at Coker College. formance. The festival provides students a chance to receive thorough music instruction from guest clinicians, who are experts in their respective music fields. The students study in a variety of programs such as choral music, band and strings. A music instructor nominated each student based on musical knowledge, showmanship and talent. Participat-

ing students came from middle and high schools across the county. Dr. Timothy Koch, vocal music, and Christopher Graham, instrumental music, served as guest clinicians. Koch just completed his 18th season as music director and conductor of the Carolina Master Chorale (CMC). During his tenure, he has led the CMC on tours of Italy, Den-

School district again offers parents choices in education In an effort to give parents more flexibility and control in the educational process, Darlington County School District is again offering district-wide Expanded School Choice. The application period for the 2019-20 school year will be Jan. 7 through Jan. 25. Under the Expanded School Choice program, students who reside in Darlington County may request to attend any school in the county with the exception of Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology. Mayo High School already offers choice as part of its magnet program and is, therefore, not included in the Expanded School Choice program. Any student in Darlington County may apply for the Expanded Choice program, regardless of whether that student is currently enrolled in a public school, a private school or a home school. Through Jan. 25, parents

can submit Expanded School Choice applications to the district online. The district encourages everyone to use this method for submission. There will be limited paper applications at the district office, located at 120 E. Smith Ave. in Darlington. On March 29, parents will be notified if the transfer was accepted or placed on the waiting list. Parents have approximately two weeks to confirm their decision for their child to attend the choice school. Under the Expanded Choice program: • Choice selections will be based on space availability at the selected school. • Student athletic eligibility remains under S.C. High School League rules. • Transportation will not be provided for Expanded School Choice. Parents and guardians are responsible for providing transportation.

• Once a child is selected to participate, Expanded Choice will remain in effect until the student completes the choice grade level. • If a child moves into the county after the request period ends, the child must attend the school to which he or she is zoned. A parent can apply during the next choice cycle. • It is not necessary for parents to complete an application for their child to attend the school for which they are already zoned and attending. The application for the Expanded Choice Program can be found on the district’s website at www.darlington. k12.sc.us under the “For Parents” tab. For complete guidelines, an application or more information, contact Darlington County School District’s Office of Arts and Innovative Programs at 843-398-2242.

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CHURCH HAPPENINGS Cornerstone Baptist Church Singing Cornerstone Baptist Church, 408 Coker Ave., will be having a singing on Saturday, February 16th beginning at 6 p.m., featuring The Praise Men. Pastor Brad Jordan and the Cornerstone family invite you to be their guest for this night of worship through music. A love offering will be received. ________________________

House of Prayer schedule Pastor Billy L. Melton and the congregation of House of Prayer Holiness Church wish to invite you to attend services each week. Wednesday night services begin at 7 p.m.

Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship starts at 11 a.m. and Sunday night worship service will begin at 6 p.m. The church is located at Creekside Drive off Swiftcreek Road. For more information contact Brother Melton at 332-9479 or check them out on Facebook. ________________________

Pine Ridge Holiness Church schedule Pine Ridge Holiness Church, 3524 W. Bobo Newsom Hwy., would like to invite everyone to come join them in services each week. Sunday School will begin at 10 a.m. and worship service will follow starting at 11 a.m. Sunday night service will begin at 6 p.m. and Wednes-

day night service at 7:00 p.m. They look forward to seeing you there! Contact Pastor Randall Harrelson at 843- 861-4075 for any questions regarding the services. ________________________

Grief Share Support Group Grief Share support group will be offered at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Those who understand want to help you through this difficult time. Call (843) 332-2271 for more information or visit griefshare. ________________________

Swift Creek Baptist Church schedule Swift Creek Baptist Church, 413 North Center Rd., would like to invite everyone to Sunday Bible study at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible study and prayer begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the church office at 843-332-3843. ________________________

All Souls Matter Ministries schedule All Souls Matter Ministries, 532 Lakeview Blvd. Hartsville, would like to invite

everyone to come join them in service each week. Sunday morning service begins at 11 a.m. Come join them in worship. For more information, contact Pastor Kenny Bradshaw. ________________________

evening service begins at 6 p.m. and Wednesday night service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. ________________________

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St. Bartholomew’s Church, 103 Campus Drive, Sunday Church services begin at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Adult Sunday schools starts at 9:30 a.m., children’s Sunday School starts at 10:15 a.m. They now have a new service, By Design that begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, a contemporary service with music. Holy communion is held in the chapel on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ________________________

Fourth Street Baptist Church, 501 South Fourth Street, Hartsville, invites you to their Sunday morning service for Worship and Study. They have an exciting opportunity for those wishing for a more comfortable and informal service beginning at 9 a.m. and a Classical Worship at 11 a.m. Also have a wonderful children’s and teen group that meets at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday’s called Christ Trailblazers. For more information log on to fourthsthartsville.org or like us on facebook. ________________________

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Hartsville First Church of the Nazarene, 1909 West Bobo Newsom Hwy. invites everyone to their services. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday night Bible study begins at 7 p.m. Classes/activities for all ages. For more information call Pastor John Porter and Pastor Karen Porter at 843332-2521.

West Hartsville Baptist Church, 1003 W. Carolina Avenue, invites you to come connect with the Lord Jesus and His church—Sundays: 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship, 5 p.m. connect groups: Wednesday nights: supper 5:30 p.m., activities for all ages 6 p.m. They have many exciting things happening at WHBC, so come connect!

Wesley Temple United Holiness Church, 290 Hill Road, Bishopville, in the Ashland community, welcomes all to come worship on Wednesday nights starting with prayer at 6:30 p.m. and Bible study following at 7 p.m. On Sundays, Intercessory prayer starts at 9:15 a.m., Sunday school starts at 10 a.m., and service starts at 11:15 a.m. Pastor Elder Bennie Lee, Associate Pastor Minister Levester Brewer, Minister Timothy Brewer and W.T.U.H.C members will be looking forward to worshipping with you. ________________________

Soul’s Harbor Church schedule Soul’s Harbor Church, 200 Bobo Newsom Hwy., would like to invite everyone to their services. Sunday Morning Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. followed by worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday

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On February 1, the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first of three luncheons in it’s Outlook Series. Economic development will be the featured topic for the event beginning at 11:30 a.m. at The Edition, 221 N Fifth Street, Hartsville. Micah Mallace, Director of Strategic Projects at the SC Ports Authority, and Michael Elmore, Terminal Manager at the Dillon Inland Port, will be sharing information about the port and how it will benefit the Pee Dee region’s economy. Keynote

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HARTSVILLE HAPPENINGS Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous will have meetings daily at 310 S. McFarland St. For more information, call 843-3078565 or 803-528-4131. ________________________

Al-Anon meeting Al-Anon will meet in Hartsville at 310 S. McFarland St. every Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. ________________________

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service People to People invite everyone to attend its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service on Monday, January 21st at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 301 S. 6th St., beginning at 12 noon. “Quiet Fortitude” will be the theme. Keynote speaker is Mr. William Herrington Esq., former mayor of Lawerenceville, VA and Hartsville. A free lunch will be prepared by the AKA Sorority of Hartsville. For more information, call Barbara Carraway at 843-4095241. ________________________

Buttbog Fundraiser for Dylan Adams A buttbog fundraiser for Dylan Adams will be on January 26, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m

at Lakeview Baptist Player House. Eat-in or take-out. Plates will be $7. Everyone come out and support Dylan. For more information, call 843-858-0822. ________________________

New Market School Reunion Due to scheduling conflicts with committee members, the New Market School reunion will be postponed until the Spring. The reschedule date will be announced as soon as possible.

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Democratic Women of Darlington County meeting The Democratic Women of Darlington County monthly meeting will be Monday, January 28th, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Darlington Library, 204 N. Main Street in Darlington. All members are asked to attend and new members are welcome. For more information call Davita Malloy at 843-339-8967, Elaine Reed 843-307-7086, Barbara Carraway 843-409-5241. We are on the move! ________________________

Christian Recovery Christian Recovery meets every Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Player House,

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The Support Group will meet the second Thursday of every month in the Education Classroom, directly before the Carolina Cafe’ cafeteria. Join this beneficial and educational forum for diabetics and their family members. ________________________

Hartsville City Council holds regular council meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, found on the first floor of City Hall, 100 East Carolina Ave. Notification of special meetings is provided at least 24 hours in advance, and agendas are posted in the alcove outside of Council Chambers. ________________________

Hartsville Memorial Library event The Hartsville Memorial Library, 147 W. College Ave. will show a family movie on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 4 p.m in the community room. Come out and enjoy the show! ________________________

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Chamber announces new president The board of directors of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the promotion of Murphy Monk from membership development coordinator to president. In this capacity, Monk will lead the Chamber in its mission to be a catalyst for community success through member support and advocacy. A graduate of Clemson University, Monk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Prior to coming to the Chamber in 2017, she worked in sales, marketing and management at Le Bleu of Charleston and Main Street Boutique in Mount Pleasant. She also managed business development for Tobaccoville USA, Inc for the state of Virginia. As membership development coordinator at the Chamber, Monk was responsible for member outreach and engagement, and promotions and marketing for the Chamber and its members. Under her leadership, the Chamber’s website has grown from 80,000 hits per year to over 100,000 and the Chamber’s social media presence has grown by 50%,

based on Facebook likes. More significantly, the Chamber has seen 19% growth in membership over the past two years. “Murphy has forged relationships and bonds with the business community and understands the true value of chamber membership. She is a dynamic, strategic leader who gives 110% of herself every day. It has been a delight to watch her grow professionally and I feel positive the Chamber is headed for bigger and better opportunities that will directly have an impact on our community,” remarked former president Quinetta Buterbaugh, who is leaving the Chamber after four years as president to serve the Darlington County School District as its business engagement coordinator. Monk assumed her new role on January 4 and will be working with the board of directors to execute this year’s program of work. The Chamber will be hosting a number of new offerings that she has shaped, like the “On the Menu” small business lunch and learn series, “Chamber Chat” coffee meetings to help members

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Lunch and Learn Series Enjoy a free informative talk with a different physician each month over lunch on the third Thursday of every month from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. in the Education Classroom, directly before the Carolina Cafe’ cafeteria. Please R.S.V.P for this event by calling 843-339-4563. ________________________

Brain Injury Support Group The Hartsville Brain Injury Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Hartsville Memorial Library. For more information call Danny Weaver at 843-861-5413 or Monroe White at 843-6155378.

Alzheimer Caregiver’s Support Group Alzheimer Caregiver’s Support Group meeting will be held the first Tuesday of each month at St. Bartholomew Church, located at 103 Campus Drive, Hartsville. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. This will be informational and uplifting as caregivers share their experiences. Any questions, contact Jackie Anderson at 393-8521. _______________________

Burry Bookworms Come join the Burry Bookworms every second Saturday at 11 a.m. in Downtown Hartsville. Free for ages 0-8. ________________________

Girl Scout meetings What did you do today? Become a girl scout and join the fun! Create. Make friends. Camp. Sing. Explore new places. Try new things! Become a leader. Make a difference! Girl scout meetings are the second and fourth Sunday from 3-5 p.m. Troop 029 at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 302 Dunlap Dr., Hartsville. Troop Leader is Ms. Ann Boone, 843-858-7821. Girls grades, K5-12th.

American Legion Post 53 American Legion Post 53 invites all veterans to come join us and enjoy a meal on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information please call Mike Jackson at 443-532-4911 or Jim Ousley at 843-3329340. _______________________

Hartsville Toastmasters meetings The Hartsville Toastmasters meet every second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at the Black Creek Arts Council building at 116 West College Avenue, Hartsville. Toastmasters International is a non-profit club specializing in the improvement of leadership and speaking skills in a controlled, constructive setting. Guests are welcome and admission is free. If you have any further questions contact Ray Schnell at 3090705 or email hartsvilletoastmasters@hotmail.com ________________________

Let us announce your good news The Hartsville News Journal would like to announce your good news. Send us your church or community events, weddings, engagements and birth announcements. The deadline is noon on Friday. For more information, call 843-332-0858.

New year, new you: what to know before joining a gym included, whether the price quoted is for a limited time and other terms and conditions of the membership. Contracts may include charges for child care, aerobic classes and other “extras.” Always try to negotiate the best price before signing. Know the automatic renewal clause. Some gym contracts have automatic renewal clauses. To be valid, you must “opt-in” to the renewal and be reminded of it 30 days prior to the end of the contract. The club is not allowed to renew the contract and continue to draft payments if you do not respond to the offer. How do you spot them? Automatic renewal clauses are often placed in the contract’s fine print and may be called “tacit renewals” or use wording like “continuous,” “at current rates” or “until I cancel.” Can you cancel? Know the penalties of cancellation before you sign! If a contract lasts more than three

months or the cost is over two hundred dollars, you can cancel it without penalty: (1) within three days of signing, (2) if you move at least 50 miles away, or (3) if you develop a physical disability or pass away. Want more information on your rights when it comes to gyms? Visit www.consumer.sc.gov and click Health and Fitness under the Consumer Resources tab. If your gym doesn’t follow the rules listed above, file a complaint with SCDCA by visiting the website above and clicking FILE A COMPLAINT. About SCDCA The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education. To file a complaint or get information on consumer issues, visit www.consumer.sc.gov or call toll-free, 1 (800) 922-1594.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Trade tensions and your portfolio: What you need to know A prominent economic story of the past year has been the growing tide of trade disputes across the globe. The U.S is at the center of it – most notably with China – which means investors are often subject to daily headlines debating possible implications for global markets and the economy. But are there reasons for investors to be concerned? The short answer is that trade tensions are nothing new, and our country has dealt with the impacts of international negotiations many times over. Yet, as trade becomes increasingly global, its important for investors to understand the current environment and what may be ahead for the markets. Let’s dive into this more, starting with a quick history lesson to provide some perspective on today’s trade environment. Trade issues are nothing new. Challenges with trading partners for our nation go back to its founding. The Boston Tea Party of 1773

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was a protest against taxes imposed by Britain on a number of products used by colonists. Fast forward to when the U.S. economy struggled during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and Congress imposed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff. That legislation was designed to protect American jobs, raising duties on over 20,000 imported goods. Many of the targeted countries countered with retaliatory tariffs. As a result, trade activity dropped dramatically, contributing to global economic turmoil. The U.S. economy picked up with the onset of World Word II and emerged as a dominant force in global trade. However, in the years that followed the war, Europe and Japan rebuilt their economies and by the 1970s emerged as trading power-

houses. This transformation in many ways set the stage for increased global trade as we know it today. Trade has become increasingly global In recent decades, a driving force behind increased international trade was the belief that benefits would extend to more people across the world. Landmark treaties, like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) established in 1994 between the U.S, Canada and Mexico, highlighted an extended period of open borders for the movement of goods and services. The European Union (created in 1993) represents another form of trade agreement, reducing barriers to the movement of goods. Yet a common concern with many treaties is the belief that they benefit some industries while leaving people in others behind. For example, many U.S. farmers benefit from agricultural exports to other countries, and the U.S. generally has a trade surplus when it comes to services it supplies internationally. On the flip side, in

the 1970s for instance, Japan’s automobile industry rose, while U.S. car companies struggled. We’ve seen similar trends with industries like textiles and steel manufacturers. The current trade deficit shows that the U.S. economy is more dependent on imports than it is on exports. The last time the U.S. ran a trade surplus was in 1975. Since then, the trade deficit has risen significantly, peaking in 2006 at $761 billion (according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Economic Indicator Division), before dropping and remaining fairly consistently between $500 and $600 billion. Should you be concerned about tariffs? Fast forward to today, where we find ourselves at

another crossroad with trade. Take for example the recent implementation of tariffs on a variety of international products. These tariffs are aimed, in part, to help domestic industries that are losing business to lower-cost goods from overseas – a similar goal of past tariffs. Whether these industries and their workers will benefit over the long run remains in question. There are other factors that bear watching. The primary concern for investors is whether tariffs will create negative economic consequences for the targeted industries, the U.S. or global economy. Recently, trade tensions have had an impact on investor sentiment, with more people becoming cautious about the state of the

global economy. In many instances, trade disputes can be a contributing factor to market volatility. This is because markets do not like the uncertainly that happens when global powers are negotiating. So, what does all this trade history mean for investors? The key takeaway is to keep an eye on trade developments and to not overreact to daily headlines. Remember that trade policies are just one of many factors likely to impact the economy and markets. Maintaining a diversified portfolio – that is reflective of the level of risk you are willing to accept to reach your own financial goals – is one of the best defenses to all types of market uncertainty.

A compelling case against high taxes By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller It’s the central dividing line of American politics: the age-old debate between those who generally favor higher spending and taxes, and those on the other hand who believe it’s beneficial to let taxpayers keep more of their own money. The case favoring the taxpayers is a bit stronger following a batch of recent research comparing each states’ taxes and population trends. One analysis by the Cato Institute, a nonprofit research organization, found Americans are moving in substantial numbers from states with higher taxes to states with lower taxes. Cato researchers ranked states by their tax levels, which were measured as household taxes (all state and local taxes, including individual income, property and sales taxes) as a percentage of personal income. They split that list in two and compared growth patterns of the 25 “high tax states” to the 25 “low tax states.” Tax and population figures were based on 2016 data from the IRS, which tracks taxpayers’ address changes. The pattern is hard to ignore: All but one of the 25 high-tax states had more people moving out

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than moving in, with Maine the lone exception. By contrast, 17 of the 25 low-tax states had more people moving in than leaving. Nationwide, 600,000 more people over the year migrated from hightax states to low-tax states than vice-versa. The people who are relocating tend to be the welleducated, those with higher disposable income, and senior citizens. And they’re bringing with them a net $33 billion in annual taxable income. The odds are that this isn’t a coincidence. That people are fleeing almost every high-tax state is, at least in some part, a backlash against costly government. It also reflects to some extent the much better economic growth in low-tax states; people go where the jobs are. Because you’re probably wondering: South Carolina is one of the low-tax states, although it may not feel like it for many folks. The report showed our average state and local taxes to be 7.9 percent of our average personal income. Just ten states had lower tax burdens by that measure. Meanwhile, ours is among the most desirable states to relocate. South Carolina welcomes three newcomers for every two people who leave, ranking fourth nationally by that measure. In terms of net gain we rank eighth, with 18,519 more people moving here than leaving in 2016. No matter how you dissect the data, such a stark pattern establishes an unmistakable correlation between taxes and the migration patterns of Americans. Americans

see low-tax states as greener pastures, and that factors into their decisions. Folks of a certain persuasion understandably prefer to downplay any such conclusions. In New York, which has the nation’s highest taxes, the governor blamed his state’s shrinking population on the cold weather. But I understand it also gets cold in New Hampshire, a state with a steady influx of new residents -- and no income tax. High-tax states that dismiss the correlation between taxes and population declines do so at their own peril. It’s worth noting that, in nearly every state, the 2016 population loss or gain reflects a longer-term trend. Of the 24 high-tax states experiencing an exodus, 23 have seen net declines over a five-year period, according to the study. And the Cato report paralleled the findings of earlier research. A report from last spring identified a similar trend over a tenyear period. (That study, based on U.S. Census data, showed South Carolina with the fourth-highest net population increase, 361,117, of the 25 low-tax states.) This is a cautionary tale for public officials with sights set on their constituents’ wallets. The power to set spending and tax rates isn’t something to be taken lightly. Every dollar we pull from someone’s pocket comes at a cost, and one day that cost could be a high one – our people. Tax-happy politicians should take note.

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