State legislators have never thought voters were smart enough to decide how to run their own local governments. For decades, senators ran the counties. They eventually allowed county councils to do this, with significant restrictions. Ditto cities.
If we’re being honest, we’re all afraid of change.
Even the most progressive among us would admit the thought of the unknown is a little unsettling. We’re creatures of habit, in a sense. We love to settle down, get to know people and places and get comfortable.
This is true in small towns like Greer.
Gov. Henry McMaster has made a promising hire to help turn around the S.C. Department of Social Services which, like the Department of Corrections, has been operating in crisis mode for years.
At this time 75 years ago, our nation was preparing for one of the boldest military missions history has ever recorded.
Campaign contributions are a useful way for people to directly support their preferred candidates for public office.
But there’s a significant difference between donating a few hundred dollars to, say, someone running for the local school board and spending a few hundred thousand dollars to sway the outcome of that election.
Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to total darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun’s bright light.
Venezuela lies some 2,000 miles from South Carolina, but the crisis gripping this once-wealthy nation offers lessons to heed here at home.
A bill in the Senate (S.259) aimed at addressing flood mitigation and control would actually pose a threat to South Carolinian’s property rights.
It’s hard to believe but under South Carolina civil asset forfeiture law, police can seize cash or valuables they simply believe to be ill-gotten without ever charging you with a crime, then require you to prove at your own expense your innocence to reclaim the property.
January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and South Carolina has a lot to be proud of when it comes to fighting modern-day slavery. Our state has made the biggest improvement in the nation in fighting human trafficking, according to Shared Hope International’s latest Protected Innocence Challenge report.