Twelve years ago last week, the city of Houston responded with heroic life-saving actions to the near drowning of New Orleans. This as-big-as-Texas effort earned Houston this newspaper’s Texan of the Year designation for 2005.
The killing of nine people in 2015 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston by an avowed white supremacist who draped himself in the Confederate battle flag led to the removal of the banner from official display by state government.
It’s unnecessary to point out, but our culture has become so saturated with technology and information that it is nearly impossible to sit back and enjoy a good thing.
A popular comedian recently pointed out (paraphrasing): “How can we be expected to care about anything when we know everything?”
The State Education Oversight Committee (EOC), an independent, nonpartisan group made up of 18 educators, has very little real power to affect change. They can study issues, make recommendations, gather data and research, and consult with the best experts in South Carolina and around the country.
When Google fired one of its engineers for challenging the company’s diversity policies in an internal memo earlier this week, it sparked an interesting discussion.
It’s one of the central debates of American politics: the age-old dispute between those who raise taxes to fund more services they consider important, and those who are weary of being viewed as a piggy bank for politicians.
In a ranking of states by total energy costs, South Carolina is solidly in the middle, at 24th most expensive.
When the costs of electricity, natural gas, motor fuel, and home heating oil are averaged and combined, state residents spent $278 per month.
As you assess the work of the South Carolina General Assembly, there’s no avoiding a recurring theme: economic development-related bills.
Some are overt, like one that would create two new programs and a grant fund to further integrate economic development into the school system.
It was ten years ago this month that plans began to develop for what became the state’s Fiscal Transparency Website -- one of the first such sites in the country.
The goal was to provide citizens easy access to details about how state government spends their money.
When Mike Wooten resigned from the state Department of Transportation commission, he blamed the ethics provisions in the gas tax hike bill just passed by the General Assembly, saying “The new law basically states that commissioners cannot apply for permits from SCDOT, so, if I stayed on the commission, I would have to abandon my business and I a