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In connection with his role as the state’s chief financial officer, Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom writes about important public issues as a guest columnist in newspapers across the state.

Below you will find archives of his recent columns, which are available to be published with attribution to the comptroller general. If you have questions about a column, or would like to obtain one in another format such as email, please contact Public Information Director Eric Ward at 803-734-2538, 803-206-6293 or eward@cg.sc.gov.


Dillon Herald Readers Request Eckstrom's Column on Local Elections Be Republished; Paper Obliges (Jan. 22, 2016)

The Deception of Obamacare (Nov. 27, 2014)

Finding Ways to Fix Our Roads, Five Years After the Stimulus (Oct. 16, 2014)

Our Shared Battle Against Mental Illness (Oct. 8, 2014)

Transparency Movement Sees Progress, Setbacks (Sept. 26, 2014)

Lessons from Hurricane Hugo (Sept. 19, 2014)

Shop Locally, and Improve Your Community (Sept. 10, 2014)

NFL Could Always Use Another Dose of Sportsmanship (Aug. 27, 2014)

Amid the Bad News, Much Good News to Be Found (Aug. 26, 2014)

The Case for Low Taxes (Aug. 26, 2014)

Apollo 11 an Achievement Worth Remembering (Aug. 1, 2014)

Community Festivals are More Than a Fun Time (June 20, 2014)

The Search for an Autism Breakthrough (June 10, 2014)

Today's Grads Give Reason for Optimism (May 20, 2014)

Reflecting on the Boston Marathon Bombings (April 22, 2014)

South Carolina's Encouraging Economic News (April 15, 2014)

Instilling Patriotism in Today's Youth (April 11, 2014)

Improving SC's Transparency Website a Never-Ending Challenge (April 11, 2014)

Advice for the White House: Promise Less, Deliver More (March 28, 2014)

Sunshine Week Reminder: Make Sure Spending is Transparent (March 14, 2014)

Watchdog Citizens Deserve Elected Officials' Respect (March 10, 2014)

Celebrating Presidents Day on the Third Monday in February (Feb. 19, 2014)

Officers' Courage Shouldn't Be Taken for Granted (Feb. 18, 2014)

A Promising, and Discouraging, Sign for Open Government (Feb. 6, 2014)

Apprenticeships Help Young Workers, Companies and SC's Economy (Jan. 31, 2014)

The Real Value of USC's and Clemson's Accomplishments (Jan. 15, 2014)

SC Leaders Should Set Goals for New Year (Jan. 3, 2014)

Reflecting on Thanksgiving, from Pilgrim Days to Modern Times (Nov. 25, 2013)

Economic Development in SC – Let's Allow the Sun to Shine (Nov. 8, 2013)

State Safeguards Tax Dollars on Multiple Levels (Oct. 21, 2013)

State Guard Trains to Help Communities (Oct. 15, 2013)

SC's Public Debt – First the Good News (Oct. 8, 2013)

Your Local Newspaper – It's About Community (Oct. 2, 2013)

The Moral Challenge of Affordable Tuition (Sept. 19, 2013)

Cap – or Better Yet, Eliminate – School Fees (Aug. 30, 2013)

Funeral Rules Show Need to Reform SC Regulations (July 11, 2013)

Encourage Your Local Government to Embrace Transparency (May 22, 2013)

The Boston Bombings – What If It Happened Here? (April 26, 2013)

State Comptroller General Helps Protect Your Wallet (April 12, 2013)

Converting State Government to "Transparency 2.0" (April 4, 2013)

Survey Says: Readers Value Community Newspapers (March 28, 2013)

Consumers Could Squelch Credit Card Swipe Fees (March 1, 2013)

SC Needs Stronger Freedom of Information Act (Feb. 19, 2013)

State Should Support Its Military Community with Employment, Housing Legislation (Jan. 28, 2013)

Payroll Tax Hike a Symptom of Runaway Federal Spending (Jan. 14, 2013)

SC Colleges Should Consider Affordability (Dec. 17, 2012)

Commonsense Needed to Avoid Fiscal Cliff (Dec. 7, 2012)

Medal of Valor Honors SC Law Enforcement’s Bravest (Nov. 28, 2012)

South Carolina – Working to Be the Most Military-Friendly State (Nov. 20, 2012)

Data Breach Shows Need to Consolidate State’s Computing Systems (Nov. 7, 2012)

Encourage Your Child, or Grandchild, to Join the SC State Guard (Oct. 31, 2012)

Time for a Public Financial Code of Conduct in SC (Oct. 18, 2012)

Inmate Labor a Genuine Benefit for Taxpayers, State (Oct. 10, 2012)

State Guard Provides Valuable Service to SC (Oct. 3, 2012)

State Guard Much More Than a Military Fraternity (Sept. 26, 2012)

Sharing Increased Cost of State Health Insurance Coverage: The Right Thing to Do (Sept. 19, 2012)