Y’all probably think I haven’t blogged in days. I have; it was just microblogging. One of these days I’m going to get social media totally integrated into this blog so y’all can immediately see my posts on Twitter, because when I’m away from my laptop, that’s where I’m sharing observations.
From Friday through Sunday, I was at the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative graduate weekend in Hilton Head. When I arrived, Cindy Youssef of the Riley Institute asked me to Tweet as much as possible, and to use the hashtag #onesc.
It’s dangerous to tell one of the Twitterati to Tweet as much as possible. There were others putting the word out there, but I was probably the most manic, as you can see by looking at the hashtag results. There was a respite of a couple of hours when I took my iPhone up to my room to recharge it, but other than that I didn’t slow down much.
Here you see most of my Tweets from the weekend. I left out some asides that had nothing to do with what was going on, but also left a couple of those in, for flavor.
For a complete roster of who was there, you can look here.
Most of the Tweets were when people said something I agreed with, although not all (as I’ve explained before, I favor single-payer NOT because people have a “right” to health care, but because it’s a more rational system for society overall than what we have now; but I thought it very interesting that Ed Seller thinks it’s a fundamental right).
When someone else’s Tweet is quoted, I use that person’s handle in front of it, and then insert my own as it goes back to my voice. I hope that makes this easier to follow.
Anyway, enough explanation. Here you go:
Listening to Marlena Smalls singing to Riley Institute Diversity Leadership graduates in Hilton Head… He’s Got the Whole World…#OneSC
What is it about Starbucks that makes people want to tell you they are there and does the Drive-thru count ?
I think I can remove my “Tweeter training wheels ” when @BradWarthen pays attention to what I Tweet.
MUSC’s Ray Greenberg: People with higher levels of educational attainment spend more on alcohol… #OneSC
Greenberg: Stats indicate I-95 corridor is SC’s stroke belt… #OneSC
Greenberg: In many rural counties in SC, there’s not a single OB/gyn. “Deserts” of care… #OneSC
Greenberg: SC is No. 1 in people living in mobile homes. Whoo-hoo! One-fifth of us! #OneSC
Greenberg: Health disparities are NOT the result of bad habits of the poor. #OneSC
Ed Sellers, formerly of Blue Cross Blue Shield: Access to health care is a fundamental right… #OneSC
That parenthetical interjection on the last Tweet was mine, not Ed Sellers’… #OneSC
Ed Sellers: $24 billion spent on health care in SC annually. It goes up a billion a year… #OneSC
Ed Sellers: Other countries control health care costs by controlling growth of capacity, which (irrationally) is anathema to U.S. #OneSC
Simpkins: We are SO concerned to make sure no one undeserving gets care, we overcomplicate the system… #OneSC
Watching a film that exhorts us to respect barbecue. But I don’t have to be persuaded… #OneSC
The takeaway: Don’t trust a barbecue pitmaster who doesn’t choose and cut his own wood… #OneSC
BBQ Pitmaster Rodney Scott: Hemingway isn’t in the middle of nowhere; “It’s in the middle of everywhere.” #OneSC
Doug Woodward: SC productivity shot up from 90s thru early 00s, leveled off. And our income is FALLING, even when economy is good… #OneSC
Woodward: We must educate more of SC population at a higher level to be ready for 2030, when only 1 out of 6 will be working… #OneSC
Woodward: If we raise educational attainment to national average by 2030, personal income will rise by $68 billion. #OneSC
#onesc Economist Doug Woodward: If we’d followed the policies Gov. Riley for the past 18 years, we wouldn’t have this (increase in poverty)
Woodward: Key to prosperity — attracting and keeping the creative class… #OneSC
Steve Morrison: If you want a safer and more secure South Carolina, teach a young man to read. #OneSC
Steve Morrison: We must get the greatest teachers to the students with the greatest need… #OneSC
Morrison: Recent trend in education in SC — cutting funding, while passing unfunded mandates to the districts… #OneSC
Morrison: Can we agree that teachers matter the most? #OneSC
Morrison: Take that tax base along the coast, and share it with the poor districts… #OneSC
Morrison: It’s great to have good private schools, but public education MATTERS… #OneSC
Morrison: The child gets off the bus at 5 years old with bright eyes. He’s not defeated. Yet. #OneSC
What this conference keeps wrestling with is what to do about the total triumph of “I, me, mine” in SC politics. #OneSC
Baldacci says on his first visit to SC, “I was really blown away” by downtown Greenville. (Something for Columbia to aspire to.) #OneSC
Baldacci: “The very basic foundation of our democracy is education.”#OneSC
Baldacci: As dysfunctional as our politics may be, what we have is better than what most people have had throughout history. #OneSC
Baldacci describes the surreal experience of being in Congress on 9/11/01… #OneSC
Baldacci: You can go anywhere in the world, but you can’t become Chinese; you CAN come here from China & become an American.#OneSC
Baldacci: “You’ve gotta be yourself; you’ve gotta tell the truth and you’ve gotta work hard.” (Father’s advice.) #OneSC
Baldacci: “We all have to get over it, folks… We have to realize that we have a greatness here if we work together…” #OneSC
Baldacci exhorts us to treat people as Dick Riley always has… with dignity and respect. Amen to that; we could have no better model.#OneSC