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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: Heath Springs, please get your act together

    It’s time for Mayor Eddie Moore and the other elected officials of Heath Springs to stop the madness and start obeying the law.
    The town’s dispute with its longtime landscaping contractor has resembled a slow-motion car wreck over the past couple of months. Every time we think the car is finally skidding to a halt, it hits another curb and flips up in the air again.

  • Column: Ex-legislator, his sister and $1M vets program

    In 2017, S.C. Rep. Mike Pitts pushed for state funding to launch a veterans’ therapy program that his sister positioned herself to manage and was overseen by the state agency that employed her for years, an investigation by The Nerve has found.
    Two years and $1 million later, the therapy program, called “Herd 2 Human” and operated by Jeff Patterson at his Willowbend Farm in Clinton, Mont., is yet to be implemented in South Carolina. The program involves veterans interacting with horses to help them deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • Column: Luring business: Are state’s millions well spent?

    In recent years, state lawmakers annually have earmarked a total of nearly $5 million to eight regional economic development organizations, presumably to help attract new companies to South Carolina.
    But whether taxpayers are getting significant, verifiable returns on their investment is questionable, The Nerve found in a review of required annual reports from four of the groups to the S.C. Department of Commerce.

  • Letter: Electoral college forestalls tyranny

    Christine M. Taylor’s April 14 letter names President Trump a tyrant. I think she knows little of what the word means.
    She suggests doing away with the electoral college, stating that “majority rules.” But that is what brings about tyrants.
    The electoral college gives every state a meaning in the election. Majority rule would eliminate all of your middle America having a say in who gets elected. The east and west coasts would be the majority vote. One side would win the presidential elections every time. Now that leads to tyranny.

  • Column: A new state retirement plan – for private employees?

    A bill filed last month (H.4258) would create a state retirement plan for private employees. The 401(K) style plan, called the Palmetto Work and Save Plan, would be available for employees of private businesses, nonprofits and even those who are self-employed.
    Individuals who work for private businesses would be automatically enrolled unless they opted out, and the default employee contribution would be 6 percent of the individual’s paycheck.

  • Column: Come help clean up Kershaw on April 27

    One of the things that Kershaw Heart & Soul is identifying from the community that matters most to them is having a community that is litter- free.
    One of the first things Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman said to me is “something needs to be done about the amount of litter in Kershaw.”  
    Litter has been seen in streams, parks and largely on the side of the roads right here in the Town of Kershaw.  

  • Column: Come help clean up Kershaw on April 27

    One of the things that Kershaw Heart & Soul is identifying from the community that matters most to them is having a community that is litter- free.
    One of the first things Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman said to me is “something needs to be done about the amount of litter in Kershaw.”  
    Litter has been seen in streams, parks and largely on the side of the roads right here in the Town of Kershaw.  

  • Column: Bill would create another guarantee for utility debt

    A bill currently in a S.C. Senate subcommittee would guarantee a refinancing of SCANA’s debt by authorizing a new ratepayer charge.
    Under S.110, the Public Service Commission (PSC – the utility regulatory body accountable to lawmakers) could authorize SCANA to refinance its remaining debt from the failed nuclear project, or to refinance utility costs from natural disasters. The process is called securitization, and the debt would be guaranteed by law.