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........... ,S on B ......... :f'Friday, March 27, by John Temple Ligon Awards and decorations The University of South Carolina/City of Colmnbia Fuel Cell Collaborative, which is readily recognized by the initials every- one knows, USCCFCC, received the 2009 Innovator Award from the Southern Growth Policies Board. The board, a pub- lic policy think tank based in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, named USCCFCC a 2009 Innovator for promoting an outstanding initiative that encourages economic opportunities and quality of life relating to bio-products, alternative ener- and energy efficiency. Worries, top five A new CNN / Opinion Research Corp. sur- vey disclosed worries about unemploy- ment have tripled over the past year. Last April, 13 percent of the people surveyed said unemployment was the most impor- taut economic issue facing the country. Presently, based on the latest survey. 36 percent of those questioned say unem- ployment is the largest worry, followed by inflation (20 percent), and then the mort- gage crisis (16 percent), the stock market (14 percent), and taxes are the main worry among 11 percent in the survey. Tough to the north ofus, tough to the south of us North Carolina Govemor Bey Perdue recently proposed cutting more than 1,000 state jobs in her $21 billion state budget. She is asking to increase two sin taxes: the state tax on a pack of cigarettes by$1 from the current 35 cents to $1.35, and an additional 5 percent in the tax to all alcohol purchases. To the south, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra recently adopted another $1.3 miIltOnJu.budget cuts for the 2009 fiscal year. Previous belt tightenings had already recognized a $1 million drop in revenue, so the ASO is operating on a 2009 budget more than $2 million less than 2008. What's missing here Several years ago, the hot topic in Colum- bia secondary education was the hun- dreds of millions of dollars for new schools, while the overall quality of the education programs (teacher qualifica- tions, curricula, performing and visual arts, non-varsity sports, class size, etc.) was set to stay the same. In other words, were old buildings really the problem, particularly just 60-year-old buildings? Walkinto the middle of Harvard Yard or the OSC Horseshoe and again ask the question about the usefulness of old school buildings. Now the president's stimulus package is coming to S.C. bus systems, and it appears $15 million is ear- marked to buy replacement buses and to upgrade old buses. The overall bus sys- tems, however, should stay with the same level of service and the same per capita distribution of service, which ranks among the worst in the U.S Still, take the money and run. We're the only... ...state in the country that owns all the state's educational broadcasting licenses, 67 all told. Through its broadcasting license largess, S.C. has the unique oppor- tunity to provide universal wireless Inter- net access to all of the citizens of the state. The nationwide shift to digital broadcast- Ing leaves excess capacity because digital signals take up less bandwidth than ana- log and that excess could be dedicated to statewide universal access to the Internet. Call your legislator. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... ...about Hydrogen Will be the topic for public discussion on Thursday, April 2, as part of the National Hydrogen Association conference at the convention center on Lincoln Street. Go to the Hydrogen Trail- blazers' Web site: Lowest metropofitan area in jobless For January, the Columbia metropolitan area, the Midlands, has an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, the lowest for metro- politan areas in the state. The unemploy- ment rate statewide is 10.4 percent, and the highest metropolitan area unemploy- ment is at Myrtle Beach, 14.4 percent. S.C. Research Authority starts Innovation Center The SCRA plans to acquire the warehouse at 1000 Catawba Street in order to convert it to accoim~odate be~ 12 and 20 growing businesses. Preference on space will be given to companies taking intellec- tual property from USC research in areas such as fuel cells and nanotechnology. The SCRA is also opening a similar Inno- vation Center in Anderson and in Charleston. Exports S.C.'s 2008 exports totaled more than $19.8 billion in goods sold to 193 coun- tries, representing an almost 20 percent increase over 2007. The state's top 10 export Industries for 2008 were vehicles, machiner rubber, plastics, electrical machinery, paper (and paperboard), organic chemicals, optics and medical equipment, iron and steel, and wood pulp. Hitchcock's North by Delta By the end of 2009, Delta Air Lines expects to complete the rebranding of Northwest Airlines at domestic airports, worldwide by 2010. The name Northwest will be fully phased out. Members of the local chapter of the Colonial Dames invited John Temple Ligon to speak on the origins of South Carolina and Columbia. (L-r): Margaret Davis, Helen Milliken, Emilie Guignard, and Louisa Campbell Editor's note: John Temple Ligon delivered two lectures at Forest Lake Club in the past month to the Jamestowne Society and to the Colonial Dames, both covering the beginnings of South Carolina and its capital city:. The following article covers a composite of the two talks concerning Charles Towne Landing. Special thanks go to Dr Walter Edgar and his published history.. By John Temple Ligon templeCo~thecolumbiastarcom England's King Charles I was beheaded by the Puritans and their leader Cromwell in 1649, effectively cutting off heavy drinking, recre- ational dancing, play acting -- all the adventuresome activity, to include major ventures in foreign explo- ration, earlier championed by Queen Elizabeth and King Iames. The 1607 Jamestown colony failed as a profitable venture until 1620, a year after skilled farmers were imported from Africa as slaves and single women were delivered from England as brides. Also, the first meeting of the House of Burgesses, the legislature, was held in 1619, beginning representative govern- ment in America. Up until profitability finally hit in 1620, Jamestown was subsidized by London lotteries. Gambling kept the colony going for more than a dozen years. Almost half the Jamestown set- tiers died in the first year, mostly because so many were little more than gentlemen, Daddy's boys who couldn't inherit in the era of primo- geniture, when the first son got everything. With no inheritance and no marketable skills, the young sec- ond and third sons were encouraged by the reports from New Spain to strike it rich in Virginia silver. They failed. Spanish Mexico started when Cortez landed in 1519. By mid-century. New Spain was producing more than three- fourths of the world's silver, mostly from Guanajuato in Mexico and Potosi in what is now Bolivia. In 1620, Puritan families landed at Plymouth Rock and founded Boston in 1630. Harvard University began in 1636, almost a century after the beginning of the University of Mexico. Back in London, King Charles II restored the throne in 1660. He moved the National Theater north of the Thames River, legitimizing women as actresses for the first time by relocating their main stage out of the red-light districts south of the river. Charles II was interested in the- ater and in particular the actress Nell Birchin Lane (in green) connects Lombard and Cornhill where began South Carolina in the 1660s in the Carolina Coffee House Gwynne, his mistress. With the return of theater came the return of intellectual endeavors spon- sored by the king. Charles II founded the Royal Socie , the home of the best brains in the empire. Soon members such as architect Christopher Wren and philoso- pher John Locke were voting on the mem- bership of Isaac Newton, arguably the best scientific brain of all time. In the course of the frenetic activity of the Restoration, Charles II in 1663 char- tered Carolina, a land deal south of English Jamestown and north of Spanish Florida. The Carolina Grant was presum- ably a hot topic among members of the Royal Socie as the scale of the land area was so impressive. See Adventuresome on page 3 Classified Business 1,2,3 3 I Puzzles/Public Notices 4 Public Notices 5-19 Home and Garden 20 The Columbia Star 803-771-0219 PO Box 5955 Columbia, SC 29250