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About Tom Hanson

Thomas C. Hanson was born in Evansville, Indiana, March 18, 1955. After his freshman year at Purdue University, he transferred to a small (now-defunct) college in Texas, and got interested in journalism. After a brief stint in Alabama doing community brochures for various cities in the Southeast, he moved to California and became the editor of a denominational publication. He earned master’s degrees in journalism from Cal State Fullerton and Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Now, he has 42 years of print media experience, and (sadly), 19 years of experience dealing with autism.

Tom and his wife, Tina, and two children, Elizabeth, and Tom Jr., who is autistic. In 2006 the family moved to Greenville, South Carolina.

2410, 2016

Mold returns to Spartanburg County Judicial Center

By |October 24th, 2016|County, Health|Comments Off on Mold returns to Spartanburg County Judicial Center

Air quality test results received on October 18, 2016, at 5 p.m. showed mold in a new area of concern behind wallpaper that was being replaced in the Spartanburg County Judicial Center.
Hope Blackley, Clerk of the Court for Spartanburg County, who manages the day-to-day operations of the Judicial Center, directed that the area be contained and that the nearby employee entrance be closed until it is remediated beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, after employees are no longer in the building.

JMAC Environmental had previously completed its mold remediation work in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system of the 60-year-old Judicial Center, but they warned that the mold will come back, that the building can’t be completely fixed.

Forty-five building employees have filed Worker’s Comp claims.

Security is also an issue in the Judicial Center. All parties (judges, jurors, attorneys, litigants, public, staff and prisoners) share the same hallways, stairs and elevator. This creates risk for violence or escape.

The building also lacks secure parking for judges. The building is not properly designed to run a court system.

A new building is needed to house County Administration and the County Court House, but the county doesn’t have the money. A suggestion has been raised for a penny sales tax increase until the building project is completed. That is a decision for the Spartanburg County Council, and though they could raise taxes, they would probably put it on a ballot for the voters to decide. The County will pay one way or another — in lawsuits, and even then, a new building will need to be built.

Blackley made a presentation before the County Council in June 2014 on the mold problem and security concerns. Many of the windows leak, and […]

410, 2016

Helping Flood Victims

By |October 4th, 2016|General News|Comments Off on Helping Flood Victims

With Hurricane Matthew looming, one
South Carolinian has become passionate
about helping flood victims,
both in and out of our state
Wes Howard of Lexington was among hundreds of volunteers in the Irmo area who helped South Carolinians recover from last October’s floods, and he is organizing efforts to help people in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, still recovering from last September’s floods.

Wes helped out for a month by camping out in the Pine Glen neighborhood in Irmo.

“Those folks were basically forgotten,” Wes said.

Wes has been a paramedic in Lexington County for about 10 years, but never had a call in the quiet Pine Glen neighborhood. “I never knew it existed until the floods came.”

“It opened my eyes and heart to see that flooding is different than other natural disasters,” he said. “It is a long, long recovery process. It can be a huge headache for homeowners, who basically just want their lives back.”

Wes and his associates have used social media to raise awareness of what they’re trying to do. “God blessed us immensely. We were overwhelmed in a good way.”

“My idea is to go to Baton Rouge as many times as I can depending on how much money we can raise,” Wes said. “I made contact with some local churches, and was told, just show up, bring as many people and supplies as you can, and we will find you places to stay. Our goal is to serve and try to help those folks.”

They need box fans, dehumidifiers, extension cords, hammers, small pry bars, rags, gloves and cleaning supplies. It takes a community effort. This time next year they will still need help, Wes said.

Wes said, “It is nothing less than a nightmare to be flooded out of your […]

2909, 2016

Press Conference on GHS Giveaway

By |September 29th, 2016|Health|Comments Off on Press Conference on GHS Giveaway

Press Conference on Lawsuit Filed in Circuit Court to Stop GHS Giveaway
SC Rep. Garry Smith (R-Simpsonville) led a press conference Wednesday, Sept. 28, in front of the Greenville Health System on Grove Road to explain a lawsuit he filed along with fellow legislators and citizens against the GHS Board and the private corporations they created.

At the core of the lawsuit filed September 2, 2016, in Circuit Court in Greenville, SC, is a plan to give away a $6 billion public asset to newly formed private corporations (created by the Greenville Health System Board) for the sum of just $1 per year for the next 100 years. The group of legislators and citizens conducting the press conference believe that the GHS board is not acting in the best interest of the public and is acting outside its legal authority.

“I don’t think any of us really wanted to be here,” Rep. Smith said.

“We would prefer to sit down with the Greenville Health System board and have a good, honest discussion. Don’t do this behind closed doors,” Smith warned.

“Many of us who are here today met with the administration and the chairman of the board several months ago,” Smith said, “and I was very disappointed in how it went that day, because the first words out of the mouth of the chairman of the board were, ‘We are here meeting with you today, not because we wanted to discuss this issue with you, but because we felt like we had to, because someone had already spilled the beans to the press.’ ”

Greenville media, though in attendance at the press conference, have generally been reluctant to cover this issue for fear of losing advertising revenue.

When asked if patients would […]

1309, 2016

Candidate without a County: Kim Murphy Rises Again

By |September 13th, 2016|Education, Politics, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Candidate without a County: Kim Murphy Rises Again

An amazing story of public school and statehouse corruption.
This is a long read, but if you don’t already know Kim Murphy’s story, you should get comfortable and take it in.

(Article by Thomas C. Hanson from a telephone interview with Kim Murphy Sept 8, 2016)
Kim Murphy is running against 16-year incumbent Chairman Robert Gantt for a Richland County seat on the Lexington-Richland 5 School Board, from which Gantt had her ousted mid-term in 2013, claiming she was not a resident of Richland County, based on a county boundary manufactured by state mapping between the two counties. The board had Murphy removed and essentially disenfranchised 6,000 people who voted for her.

Murphy took her ouster to Circuit Court, but Judge DeAndrea Benjamin, wife of Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin, ruled in favor of the district. Murphy is appealing that decision.

On Aug. 18, 2016, Gantt filed a petition with the Richland County Election Commission to have Murphy removed from the November ballot. However, the Richland elections board voted 3-1 Aug. 30, that Murphy is indeed a resident of the county, and she will be allowed to run for the Richland County seat on the Lexington-Richland 5 board. Samuel J. Selph, elections board director, wrote to Chairman Gantt that the board “denied your Petition to disqualify Mrs. Kim Murphy as a qualified Elector in Richland County.”

Murphy filed to run six minutes before the filing deadline Aug. 15. No one else had filed for the seat.

Murphy was first elected to the school board in 2010, despite efforts of the board to defeat her. She garnered 43 percent of the vote against Gantt in 2004. No one challenged her residency in either of those elections. She has lived in the same location in […]

1608, 2016

McMaster Speaks to GOP Women about Trump

By |August 16th, 2016|Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on McMaster Speaks to GOP Women about Trump

Lt. Governor Henry McMaster introduced Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.  Yesterday, at a meeting of the Upstate Republican Women in Greenville, SC, McMaster explained why he supports Donald Trump.

 

SC Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster speaks to Upstate Republican Women from Thomas Hanson on Vimeo.

908, 2016

Our Battles with Autism

By |August 9th, 2016|General News|1 Comment

Our Battles With Autism: the Journey None of Us Chose from Thomas Hanson on Vimeo.

Text of the booklet Tom Hanson is reading from.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

This book is dedicated to my mother, Betty Sue Hanson, who has helped us in our battles with autism.
We are more tired than you can comprehend.
Our Battles with Autism:  The journey none of us chose

I wish we could write a book that would show you how to bring your loved one out of autism. That is my desire for my wife Tina and our son, Tom Jr., now 23 (who descended into autism at age three and a half), and it is our desire for you.

Your child has been diagnosed with autism — for which there is no known cure.

We heard those words in the summer of 1997 as our son, Tom Jr., then four years old, was diagnosed with autism, and our world came crashing down around us.

We were living in the Los Angeles area at the time. I was editor of a church denominational publication and was working on a master’s degree in biblical studies at Azusa Pacific University. We had prayer requests before class, and I had to write mine out because I could not say the words “no known cure” without getting choked up.

Christian friends rallied around us as this horrible tragedy struck. I don’t know how non-Christians go through trials like this. Our faith in Christ gets us through each day.

As editor of an international denominational publication, our autism story received worldwide attention, and we received encouragement the world over. […]

3007, 2016

Barilovits on Greenville Health System Takeover

By |July 30th, 2016|Health, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Barilovits on Greenville Health System Takeover

Tom Barilovits speaks to Greenville County
Republican Women’s Club on the
Greenville Health System
Takeover/Monopolization Plan
and Obamacare 
Here is the text of Mr. Barilovits’ speech:

Before covering my main topic today, I would like make an important point about our Republic.

Simply put, we cannot just elect good people to federal, state and local offices and expect utopian outcomes. That is fantasy.

We all must actively and personally communicate with, manage, assist and inform our lawmakers, public commissioners and other public boards members on a constant basis. Our failure to do that is the root cause of many of our problems today.  If we don’t do this, others will. They are called lobbyists.

It is no different when we hire employees—we must actively manage, train, monitor and communicate with those employees, if we want good results. When we elect our lawmakers, we are hiring them.

I am just an ordinary citizen from Simpsonville who decided to get involved with local issues like the GHS attempted takeover the Greenville County EMS last year. That led me to dig into my main topic today: The Greenville Health System Takeover and Monopolization Plan

Summary 
Founded by a 1947 state law as a taxpayer-owned political subdivision of South Carolina (like a school district), the Greenville Health System (GHS) has grown into the largest hospital system in South Carolina with 15,000 employees, $2.5 billion in revenues and eight medical campuses spread out across six counties in the Upstate. Over the last five years, GHS has been on a buying binge, acquiring numerous independent medical clinics throughout the Upstate and two financially struggling hospital systems in Oconee and Laurens counties. This shopping spree has given GHS a monopolistic 70 to 80 percent market share throughout Upstate, but it also has pushed GHS into a troubling […]

3007, 2016

SC Pension Under-funding

By |July 30th, 2016|South Carolina, State, Taxes|Comments Off on SC Pension Under-funding

Curtis Loftis: Pension Under-Funding
is Biggest Tax in State History
By Thomas C. Hanson (HansonCommunications.org)
South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis spoke to the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club July 28 on unclaimed money and state’s underperforming pension system, which he has sought to repair.

Loftis said that when he took office in 2011, the SC Treasurer’s Office had not had a full GAAP (Generally Accepted Acounting Principles) audit in 27 years. “There’s not a businessman in the world who could get by with that,” Loftis said. Now, with the audit, and other procedures he as has implemented, he said “the protection level of your money is tremendously better than it used to be.”

The Treasurer’s Office has $525 million in unclaimed funds that it seeks to return to individuals and businesses. Here is the link to check if you have funds that can be returned to you.  https://webprod.cio.sc.gov/SCSTOWeb/mainFrame.do

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis on unclaimed money and state’s under-performing pension system from Thomas Hanson on Vimeo.

Loftis said that the state’s pension system is a mess, and explained that seventy percent of South Carolina’s retirement money is sent off-shore, where they have different laws and accounting rules. Loftis started repairing this system, and said that he gets good press outside of South Carolina, but within the state, “media tends to go with the establishment, and the establishment says everything is fine.” However, five years later, an independent legislative audit council has agreed that because of poor investment decisions by the investment commission, the pension system has under-performed $7.1 billion.

They have implemented measures to repair the system. Fees that were $465 million a year have been dropped to $300 million, and Loftis expects them to go lower. They have fired managers and renegotiated contracts.

The […]

2804, 2016

GHS and the Underbelly of Obamacare

By |April 28th, 2016|Health|Comments Off on GHS and the Underbelly of Obamacare

It is difficult to get media to zero in on this
story for fear of losing GHS advertising dollars.
The Greenville Health System (GHS) board https://www.ghs.org/newsroom/boardoftrustees/ continues its efforts to create a new board not answerable to the Greenville County legislative delegation and Greenville taxpayers as set forth in Act 432, which created the present system in 1947. The new board would have broad powers, including mergers and acquisitions, and the power to sell assets.

“We were made aware of this inadvertently last fall,” said Travelers Rest Rep. Mike Burns. They felt that their board, appointed by the Greenville County legislative delegation, didn’t allow them to move fast enough. The hospital administration and most of its board have bought into the fact that that is a cumbersome way to do business.

The board met behind closed doors in violation of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws to develop this plan.

The hospital board got three former board chairmen to file a suit last fall in the South Carolina Supreme Court on behalf of the GHS board against two board members who did not go along with their plan. In response, Reps. Garry Smith, Dwight Loftis, Bill Chumley and Mike Burns filed an action against what the board was doing. The Supreme Court chose not to hear the case then. Rep. Burns expects the board to go back to the Supreme Court any day. “We look forward to the debate,” Burns said. “We believe the law is on our side.”

When word leaked out last fall, they started meeting with legislators to do damage control. “The truth is, if they had come to us,” Rep. Burns said, “they could have probably gotten the act amended again, where they could have more flexibility, […]