Lightroom works fine, as near as I can tell but if I select Import, I get the "spinning circle" and nothing happens. I have not even inserted my SD at this point but I was able to read the SD card on this PC and transfer the contents to my HDD as an alternate method to import but the same results. Any thoughts?
If you are saying that if your first launch the Import dialog without connecting your camera or SD card, I can see where some timeout value is going to be used when trying to find the missing connection.
You should first connect your camera or insert the SD card into a card reader, then launch the Import dialog in LR.
(A card reader is the better option.)
Without the SD card inserted, Lightroom is searching your entire computer (thousands of files) to find everything to import, hence the "spinning wheel". It will stop eventually
As ManiacJoe says- insert the card first, and use a card reader. Then select it in the 'Source' panel.