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ISSUE 12.16
Apr. 19, 2013

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Index

News :
Revisiting the stork
Legislative Agenda :
Money, money, money, money -- money
Radar Screen :
Shortening the session
Palmetto Politics :
Bookkeeping problems
Commentary :
Cleaning up past messes as problems languish
Spotlight :
The Riley Institute at Furman
My Turn :
Listen to people, not companies, on landfills
Feedback :
Bless their (hardened) hearts
Scorecard :
From dropping death rates to Sanford, Ford
Stegelin :
Signs of the times
Number of the Week :
$120 million
Megaphone :
Sanford's gift
Tally Sheet :
New bills introduced this week
Encyclopedia :
Hampton Plantation

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NUMBER OF THE WEEK

$120 million

That’s how much the House and Senate are dead set on giving to Boeing in tax incentives for its planned billion-dollar expansion in the Charleston area. More.

MEGAPHONE

Sanford's gift

“He's the gift who just keeps on giving and giving to you people.”

-- Wednesday comment by a South Carolina lobbyist to a reporter about former Gov. Mark Sanford's transgressions.

TALLY SHEET

New bills introduced this week

Here are highlights of the new bills introduced over the past week:

Road tax. S. 616 (Leatherman) would allow a county government to impose a 1 cent sales tax after a referendum to pay for road and bridge projects, with many provisions.

Abortions. S. 618 (Bright) would prohibit employer contributions to the state health insurance plan from being used to pay for abortions and other services, with other provisions. S. 623 (Bright) seeks to require fetal heartbeat abdominal ultrasound tests prior to abortions, with other provisions. S. 626 (Bright) is another anti-abortion proposal with several restrictive provisions.

Unemployment debt. S. 619 (Alexander) would guide the state to eliminate its unemployment insurance debt to the federal government by 2018, with several provisions. 

Education. S. 628 (Ford) seeks to codify that parents have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education and care of their children.

Dilapidated buildings. H. 3948 (Brannon) would allow municipalities more leeway in dealing with dilapidated buildings, with several provisions.

Local school funding. H. 3975 (Herbkersman) would allow counties to get approval through a referendum to impose a 1 percent sales tax to generate revenue to provide a credit against property taxes levied for school operations, with several complex provisions.

Wild animals. H. 3985 (J.E. Smith) would prohibit people from owning certain “wild animals,” with definitions and other provisions.

Reading. H. 3994 (Patrick) seeks to establish a Read To Succeed Office and implement a new program to push better reading.

ENCYCLOPEDIA

Hampton Plantation

This eighteenth-century house in northern Charleston County was the centerpiece of a large rice plantation and home to members of the Horry, Pinckney, and Rutledge families. Though a construction date has not been conclusively determined, the Horry family, early Huguenot settlers of the Santee Delta area, may have built the house between 1730 and 1759.

When first constructed, Hampton was a relatively simple timber-framed farmhouse, but before the end of the eighteenth century it had grown into an impressive Georgian-style mansion. Possibly around 1761 Colonel Daniel Horry undertook an extensive building campaign that included the addition of two large wings, several upstairs rooms, and a ballroom. Sometime prior to 1791 Horry's wife, Harriott Pinckney, supervised the construction of a massive Adamesque portico, one of the earliest of its type in American domestic architecture.

By 1804 a traveler to the region described it as a "seat of wealth, splendor, and aristocracy" in the tradition of "cultivated English taste." Hampton Plantation was home to two notable South Carolinians: the pioneering indigo planter Eliza Lucas Pinckney and the poet laureate Archibald Rutledge.

The impressive architectural display of Hampton's mansion was financed with profits created by the intensive cultivation of rice, the Lowcountry's basis of wealth. However, the plantation was not just a residence for socially prominent families. It was also a community made up of hundreds of enslaved African Americans, which included field workers and domestic slaves as well as artisans such as blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters, and masons.

Hampton Plantation was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Since 1971 the South Carolina State Park Service has managed the site as a historic house museum. In addition to the house, the plantation also includes a surviving kitchen building, archaeological sites, remnants of rice fields, and extensive 20th century gardens.

Excerpted from the entry by Al Hester. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

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CORRECTIONS: Reduce the prison population by 25 percent by 2020.

EDUCATION: Cut the state's dropout rate in half by 2020.

ELECTIONS: Increase voter registration to 75 percent by 2015.

ENVIRONMENT: Adopt a state energy policy that requires energy producers to generate 20 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

ETHICS: Overhaul state ethics laws.

HEALTH CARE: Ensure affordable and accessible health care.

JOBS: Develop a Cabinet-level post to add, retain 10,000 small business jobs per year.

POLITICS: Have a vigorous two- or multi-party political system of governance.

ROADS: Strengthen all bridges and upgrade state roads by 2015.

SAFETY: Cut the state's violent crime rate by one-third by 2016.

TAX REFORM: Remove outdated special interest sales tax exemptions as part of an overall reform of the state's tax structure to be completed by 2014.

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News

Revisiting the stork

Republicans clash over sex ed changes

By Bill Davis, senior editor

APRIL 19, 2013 -- A bipartisan bill to address the state’s 25-year-old sex education law has bogged down in a House subcommittee thanks to pressure brought from some of the Republicans on the panel.

In January, Republican Rep. B.R. Skelton of Walhalla introduced H. 3435, titled the Comprehensive Health Education Act, in an attempt to make sure schools across the state were teaching “medically accurate” reproductive health education programs.  Critics of the bill say it’s not needed because teen pregnancies have dropped in recent years and that the bill would cause unneeded expense.

Skelton, a professor emeritus of economics at Clemson, said part of the reason he submitted the bill was a recent study submitted by a teen pregnancy watchdog, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, that claimed the state spends nearly $200 million a year as a result of teen pregnancy.

According to the survey, which used official state health statistics and was published by a campaign with ties to similar national efforts, South Carolina has the 11th highest rate nationally of teens aged 15 to 19 having children.

Pregnant pause

But there was good news in the survey: Last year’s rate was the state’s lowest in years, giving the bill’s critics ammunition that the current law is working while supporters say there’s still more work to be done.

Skelton said he wanted to do more to reduce what he termed the “cycle of dependency” that unwed teen mothers could enter, and thereby become a fiscal and societal drag on the state.

For the past five years, Skelton, a Southern Baptist, said he has been part of a local organization in his home district where he sees firsthand the problems that can occur in too-early moms: dropping out of high school, dead-end low paying jobs, and children who too often repeat the same cycle.

Skelton’s home county of Pickens is ranked 45th -- the second lowest rate -- in the state for teen pregnancies, according to the survey. Allendale County had the highest rate.

On Wednesday in Columbia, the House Education subcommittee adjourned debate on the bill, potentially killing it for this session, which is in its final weeks.  But debate was not adjourned before one speaker told the panel that her introduction to the subject as a kid was handled by one of her school’s coaches, who told the class that the only thing better than sex was “macaroni and cheese.”

Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg), who added her name to the bill last month, said the discussions in the subcommittee meeting reminded her of similar fights held decades before. Her county ranked 17th highest in teen pregnancies.

“Some of the things said in there … woo, you wouldn’t believe it,” said Cobb-Hunter, who as a social worker in her private life has dealt with grown women who still don’t know the proper names for the genital body parts.

So heated was the debate that Skelton’s fellow Republican and co-author, Rep. Jenny Horne of Summerville, needed a few minutes to collect herself before commenting. Horne lives in Dorchester County, which has the 12th lowest teen pregnancy rate.

Horne, pointing out that she was the only Republican in the debate to have given birth said that beefing up sex ed would also result in reduced numbers of teens contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

Forrest Alton, the chief operating officer of South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, attended the subcommittee hearing. He said somewhere along the way, the debate has shifted off the actual bill, which just seeks to ensure that what is taught to kids is medically accurate, teachers are properly trained and that school districts will be held accountable.

“Whether or not schools should be teaching sex ed was a question that was answered 25 years ago,” said Alton.

A small death

Subcommittee chairman Rep. Andy Patrick (R-Hilton Head) said his fellow panel members were surprised to hear that, according to the same watchdog study, 75 percent of schools weren’t following state law when it comes to sex ed.

Echoing statements made by Education Committee chairman Phil Owens (R-Easley), Patrick said the House shouldn’t consider passing a new sex ed law until the current one is properly enforced. Patrick’s Beaufort County ranked 30th out of 46 counties in teenage pregnancy rates.

Owens attended the subcommittee meeting and said he was buoyed by a sex ed teacher who could not name any topic she didn’t currently cover in her class. Owens admitted that after 25 years the state probably should revisit the issue, but the two sides needed to find some common ground before the bill gets to his full committee to have any hope of passing.

Laying in wait

A foe is already in place in the Senate, Republican Chip Campsen of Isle of Palms.

Campsen, a longtime supporter of the abstinence-only organization The Heritage Community Services, slammed “comprehensive” sex ed, pointing out that a condom does “virtually” nothing against the spread of some STDs, like the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Not true, according to Dr. Trish Hutchinson, an OB-GYN practicing in Charleston County. Hutchinson said that while condoms do “help” in the fight against HPV, the only way to truly protect oneself during sexual activities would be to “wrap the entire body in Saran wrap.”

Campsen’s home county of Charleston ranked seventh lowest in the state in teen birth rates.

As a physician who also works in sex education in local schools and universities, and as the mother of two, Hutchinson said she has a hard time of “wrapping my mind around the idea of not providing medically accurate information to age appropriate students,” whom she said are generally smart enough to make good decisions given time and information.

Firmly planted on the same side of the debate as Campsen and Owens and Patrick is state Superintendent of Schools Mick Zais, who has resolutely opposed the bill since it was introduced.

Zais remains very “pro-life,” according to Education spokesman Jay Ragley, and is suspicious of the survey, which he said came from a “pro-contraception, comprehensive” organization.

Ragley said that 81 percent of the state’s schools were in-line with the state’s sex ed law. He did also say that all the schools had to do to comply was to respond to a state survey and that there were no penalties for not keeping with the state’s sex ed curriculum.

Ragley further dismissed the survey’s finding, saying that using the 15-19 age group criteria had just begun, and that the state’s rate of pregnancies for the age group 10-19 had dropped precipitously over the past 20 years.

In 1991, he said, 66 percent of public school teens self-reported that they’d had sexual intercourse. By 2011, that percentage had dropped to 56 percent.  Additionally, the pregnancy rates for females ages 10-19 in South Carolina was 54 births per 1,000 females in 1991. By 2011 that number was more than halved to 25 births per thousand.

“Clearly, the law is working,” said Ragley, who further skewered the bill, saying its call for trained sex ed teachers would be too expensive, for the state and most school districts.

Consider, however, that South Carolina’s teen birth rate is still the nation’s 11th highest even though the national rate and our rate have been dropping.

Crystal ball: Middle ground is going to be tough on this subject despite the fiscal benefits of fewer unwed teen mothers. Yes, Skelton has provided some middle ground with his economics-based argument. But this is still South Carolina, where for some “the pill” will remain an aspirin clasped tightly between a girl’s knees.

Bill Davis is editor of Statehouse Report.  He can be reached at:  billdavis@statehousereport.com. Recent news stories include:

Legislative Agenda

Money, money, money, money -- money

With budget and proviso hearings taking place in Senate committees next week, look for floor debate to focus in that chamber on light work that gathers press attention while the harder work takes place in committee rooms and budget hearings.

In the House, a bill that would strengthen charter school accountability and the state’s power over them will be debated. In other business:

Senate Finance. A subcommittee will review a host of provisos Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. in 207 Gressette. Agenda.

Senate Finance. A special subcommittee will consider a series of bills dealing with transportation funding Tuesday at 10 a.m. 105 Gressette. It will meet again later in the week. Agenda.

House Judiciary. The full committee will meet Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in 516 Blatt to discuss a host of smaller, housecleaning bills.  Agenda.

Senate Judiciary. The full committee will meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. in 308 Gressette. Agenda.

House Education. The full committee will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday in 433 Blatt to discuss a bill that deals with end of course exams, and others. Agenda.

House LCI. The full committee will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. in 403 Blatt to discuss employee benefit bills. Agenda.

Senate Finance. A subcommittee will meet Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in 207 Gressette to discuss higher education-related provisos. Agenda.

Senate Education. A subcommittee will hold a K-12 education budget hearing Thursday at 9 a.m. in 207 Gressette. Agenda.

Radar Screen

Shortening the session

With the House this week voting itself yet another week of furlough for the first full week of May and a bill in the Senate to move the end-of-session sine die resolution day up a week next year to force quicker action on the budget, next year’s legislative session should see debate on multiple bills to shorten the session by at least a month. “Will we get as much done?” asked Senate Judiciary chair Larry Martin (R-Pickens), who favored the shortening. “But we will just have to make better use of our time in the future.”

Palmetto Politics

Bookkeeping problems

State Sen. Robert Ford (D-Charleston) has chalked up a myriad of ethical charges filed against him this week as merely bookkeeping errors.

The Senate Ethics Committee charged Ford with spending campaign funds for his own purposes and failing to report contributions and expenditures over a four-year period. Ford has made some questionable comments in the past involving fundraising while a reporter from this publication was present in his Statehouse office. State law prohibits elected officials from campaigning or raising money while in their offices.

College of the future

The University of South Carolina officially launched its online college this week, ushering in a new manner in which students across the digital divide can earn a college degree.

Dubbed the S.C. Palmetto College, the online offerings are being hailed by the state’s main public university as an affordable and convenient option to South Carolinians wanting to further their education without attending college and without paying the other expenses normally associated with attending a four-year school.

Tuition and costs of the cyberschool will be less than $4,400 a semester – roughly $900 less than a bricks and mortar campus. Each of the school’s satellite campuses will be offering a different line of classes, with the main campus offering class work in education and other liberal arts.

Clemson ‘flexing’

A bill winding its way to the floor in the Senate next week is the culmination of a several-year process in higher education funding. Clemson is likely to be granted more fiscal and operational autonomy by the state, in part, because of decreased funding over the past decade. The joke within the state higher education community is that where schools used to be “state supported,” they became “state assisted,” and are now becoming “state annoyed.” Look for other state schools to follow suit and ask for similar latitude in the coming years.

Commentary

Cleaning up past messes as problems languish

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher

APRIL 19, 2013 -- It’s pretty ridiculous how House lawmakers with the job of drafting major ethics reform to improve accountability and transparency in government did their work in secret with virtually no public input.

But that’s the odd way things have happened in this year’s legislative session, characterized more by fixing dumb things done in the past than any grand moves to fix real and lingering problems, such as the poor states of education, health care and poverty in South Carolina.

Among the messes that state legislators are working to clean up with about six weeks left in this year’s session:

  • Restructuring: After weeks of discussion this year and in years past, the Senate passed a measure that would create a cabinet-level Department of Administration to supersede most of the functions of the Budget and Control Board to give more authority to a governor. The measure, now in the House, is structural and won’t make a big difference in people’s everyday lives.

  • Candidates: After last year’s embarrassment of more than 250 candidates removed from ballots for incomplete filing because of a state law snafu, the legislature seems to be cleaning up the mess this year so it won’t happen again.

  • Hacking: After a hacker stole personal information of 3.5 million taxpayers and hundreds of thousands of businesses from the state Department of Revenue, it hasn’t been too contentious for the state to approve more credit monitoring for taxpayers and more data security to fix the system. It looks like the state will pay for monitoring for 10 years.

  • Ethics reform: After embarrassing headlines for Gov. Nikki Haley and House Speaker Bobby Harrell over ethical allegations of impropriety in different cases, lawmakers are making moves to create a tougher ethics law to improve accountability and transparency. But while proposed measures are much stronger than what is in place now, it doesn’t help that House members negotiated on components of the bill in private.

Although these issues are responses to problems of our own making, other work being done this year includes looking for ways to improve accountability for charter schools, trying to fix high property insurance rates along the coast, providing a $120 million incentive to Boeing so it will invest $1 billion in an expansion, boosting small job creation and more. The House also has passed measures to shorten the legislative session and redirect the sales tax on cars to roads. 

One Statehouse veteran observed that this year’s session has been more of a breather than recent ones in which lawmakers faced huge challenges to keep state government going during the Great Recession. 

The 2013-14 state-funded part of the South Carolina budget has about $6.7 billion in monies for legislators to spend -- about $400 million more than last year. Signs that the economy is recovering also comes in the $159 million in extra revenues received this year that were not expected last year. 

So as the state is slowly rebuilding government agencies severely cut during the recession and getting a little time for recovery, state lawmakers seem to be legislating around the corners and doing stuff that’s comparatively easy, instead of handling the big problems that continue to vex us.

The state needs leaders who will fly the flag of reform to fix education funding so that the opportunities provided in rural schools match those found in suburban ones. They need to ignore flash points like abortion, unions and expanding access to guns in bars. Instead, they should figure out a way to accept federal aid to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of people without health insurance. And it wouldn’t hurt to find ways to improve the justice system with alternative sentencing options that will keep bad guys in jail, but have less expensive correctional options for non-violent criminals.

Bottom line: Find common ground of big issues on which we can agree on and get moving on those things. Set a statewide agenda. And keep in mind that people don’t have much faith in state legislators. The way to earn their trust and respect is to achieve, not just float on along.

Andy Brack is publisher of Statehouse ReportYou can reach Brack at: brack@statehousereport.com.

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My Turn

Listen to people, not companies, on landfills

By Charles T. Edens
President, S.C. Association of Counties

APRIL 19, 2013 -- It isn’t fair to South Carolina citizens to have their choices limited, but that’s what a large corporate out-of-state waste industry bill that’s flying through the legislature does. These corporations state that a county using its landfill for its own citizens’ waste is unfair, but I say if the citizens want another option, our democratic electoral process will reflect that. We need to understand that it is this bill that limits choices, including citizens’ ability to reject out-of-state waste in their backyards.

The bill [House Bill 3290] voids local solid waste ordinances that control where waste is disposed of even though the ordinances are overwhelmingly supported by citizens. A recent statewide survey of South Carolina voters shows that 76.4 percent of these voters support county regulation and control of where solid waste is disposed.

The direction of solid waste by local governments is also necessary to pay back current debt on solid waste facilities or to finance new facilities like those that can continue increasing recycling and reducing waste streams into landfills.

When public landfills and facilities have more difficulty being financed, the industry will become monopolized by large out-of-state waste corporations. State law prohibits more than two municipal solid waste landfills within a 75-mile radius. Options for citizens are therefore already limited, and they become even more limited if public facilities are not financially viable.

Sometimes the private sector does a better job for citizens, but not always. Despite the private sector landfills’ larger volumes and capacities, average disposal costs are cheapest at the public sector’s landfills. Out-of-state waste corporations already have twice the permitted capacity than the publicly owned landfills, and the out-of-state corporations actually disposed 75 percent of the waste in this state last year.

The average intake for out-of-state waste corporation landfills in 2011 was over 470,000 tons each, and the average intake for public landfills was only about 145,000 tons. Somehow, despite the higher volumes and resulting mountains of waste, costs to customers are higher with the large corporations.

In the past, almost every county owned a dump for its citizens’ garbage. The Solid Waste Act was passed in 1991, and new environmental requirements for “sanitary landfills” made operations very costly. Counties were mandated by state law to plan for and provide solid waste and recycling services to the state’s citizens. Providing these services has been costly, but counties have successfully complied with the state’s recycling and landfilled waste reduction goals. These mandates and goals were not placed on the large out-of-state waste corporations; they were placed on the counties of this state.

House Bill 3290 would also invalidate many franchise agreements because they’re governed by the ordinances the bill would invalidate due to their direction of solid waste to particular facilities. This would take away the level playing field and competition among garbage haulers that has been so successful in meeting the requirements of the Solid Waste Act. Without franchises, local garbage hauling businesses cannot compete with the two dominant national companies in this state that either own or control various hauling companies while also controlling their own landfill costs.

There are only two reasons that some counties continue to own landfills in this state. The first reason is to lower costs to citizens. Two of the country’s largest corporations own all but one of the eight privately-owned landfills in the state. Prices are kept down thanks to public landfills remaining as an option for citizens. The second reason public landfills exist is because the state and federal courts have said the only way out-of-state waste may be rejected by state or local governments is if a local government owns the landfill and choses to reject out-of-jurisdiction waste coming into its own facility. The government cannot discriminate against out-of-state waste in its regulation of out-of-state waste corporations’ landfills because doing so would burden interstate commerce.

88.2 percent of registered South Carolina voters oppose out-of-state waste being imported into this state, and 76.4 percent of voters support county governments controlling where waste is disposed in their own backyards. This bill does the opposite of what the citizens in this state want, and it promises to give out-of-state waste corporations a complete monopoly and South Carolina’s citizens no say in becoming, even more than it is today, the nation’s garbage dump.

Edens, current president of the S.C. Association of Counties, is a member of Sumter County Council.

Feedback

Bless their (hardened) hearts

To the editor:

I am amazed that a state with churches on every corner could have such little social conscience. [Brack, 4/12: “Take the money and save employers from fines.”]

There are poor people that are in need of public assistance and not just robbing the system. Shame on these so-called good Christian politicians. Bless their heart!

-- William Seibold, Simpsonville, S.C.

Platt: Don't ignore my candidacy

To the editor:

This afternoon I read in this week's issue of the James Island Messenger your Brack Talk column, "Sanford Will Be Tough To Beat." The column also appears online under the heading "Sanford will be tough to beat."

Near the end of your column you write: "If the ballot had a choice for 'no one' ... they would probably vote for that more than other choices." Well, in effect, voters will have such a choice in the May 7 special election. If they are tired of being limited to the usual "either or," (i.e., one or the other of the corporate party candidates), this will be a rare occasion when there is a third choice: Eugene Platt. They can vote for the third choice or not; however, if they stick with the usual "either or," they should not complain later about not having had another choice.

Why are most journalists, including you, ignoring my candidacy? Do you think that if you simply ignore my candidacy it will go away? Do you think I will receive so few votes that they won't matter -- notwithstanding the fact that most journalists, educators, LWV members, etc. emphasize that Every Vote Counts?

You will recall the 2010 three-way race for State House Seat 115. I was the Green Party candidate in that race, and I was in it to win. As it turned out, Peter McCoy unseated the one-term Democratic incumbent by a margin of fewer votes than I received.

In the following days I received hate mail from supporters of the Democratic incumbent who unfairly charged that my candidacy "spoiled" the election for her. Perhaps that was to be expected; after all, Democrats tend to believe their candidates are entitled to all votes a truly progressive candidate -- such as a Green -- might receive. Of course, not only Greens but responsible, mature voters of all political leanings utterly reject that line of reasoning in favor of this: No one owns the vote of anyone else.

-- Eugene Platt, James Island, S.C.  

NOTE: You can learn more about Platt's candidacy here.

Scorecard

From dropping death rates to Sanford, Ford

Infant death rates down. The state’s rate of infant mortality has fallen 20 percent, part of a national trend. More.

No surprise. The House passed its version of an $120 million incentive package for Boeing to expand here. More.

Ethics. The House passed a bill that would require more and better financial disclosure by candidates. Let’s go, Senate! More.

SCSU. The embattled college has elected a new president, Thomas Elzey, who has a serious background in fiscal matters. Let’s see how long he lasts. More.

SCSC. The state’s Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed against state Treasurer Curtis Loftis by the state pension board. Now let’s see if the two sides can get the message and work together. More.

Ford. State Sen. Robert Ford (D-Charleston) has been charged with violating seven areas of state ethics laws. More.

Sanford. Former Gov. Mark Sanford’s continuing political drama, now foisted on First Congressional District voters, seems to be way better than what any fiction writer could dream.
Stegelin

Signs of the times


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