It’s bad enough that the Charleston County Aviation Authority has chosen a political insider with no relevant experience for its $290,000-a-year top job. Worse is that the public had no input into the decision, and little warning that it was coming.
I was not aware of a movement in the South Carolina Legislature to change to daylight saving time year-round until recently. Most who want to shift to daylight saving time say that it helps save energy, which it doesn’t.
We’d like to be encouraged by the fact that the Legislature is poised to reopen filing for four seats on the utility-regulating S.C. Public Service Commission after a screening panel declined to nominate any of the candidates.
Elections have consequences. Indeed, they do, from how Americans get health care to how schools are run and guns are regulated, to how national security is handled and how economic policies are decided. And, of course, who gets to be president.
The recent news that the Boone Hall Farms Market on U.S. Highway 17 is closing may cause consternation for many who shop there.
Facing lawsuits and pollution-related fines, U.S. plastic pellet producers, exporters and the international organization dedicated to reducing spills has begun a self-policing program that requires companies to report unrecovered “nurdle” spills as small as a pound and commits the industry t…
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey's recent State of the City address stands out, if only because of his vision for how growth can become a good thing — if done right.
Thanks to The Post and Courier for identifying $37 million (and counting) of our taxes that legislators treat like it’s their pocket money to hand out at their personal whim.
Government shouldn't be in the utilities business, but it's probably better to keep Santee Cooper out of the hands of investor-owned public companies.
While Hillary Clinton’s recent attacks on Bernie Sanders grabbed the headlines, the Democrats’ 2016 presidential nominee also directed her ire at the Republican Party, claiming it plans to “steal votes” in the coming election.
Charleston is rewriting its book on drainage and needs to send a strong message to developers about (mostly) freshwater flooding. That’s why City Councilman Harry Griffin in October proposed a ban on “fill-and-build” construction to stop developers from using fill dirt to meet flood standard…
The pay isn’t great, but the main reason South Carolina is hemorrhaging teachers is that they don’t get the respect that most of them deserve.
SC legislators are debating a 'Teacher Bill of Rights' as part of their education reform bills. The House included one version of it in the education reform bill it passed last year. Senators are currently debating another version.
“And I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!” — Sally Field, accepting the Best Actress Academy Award for “Places in the Heart” in 1985.
When the Charleston County School Board proposed merging several small schools as part of its Mission Critical plan to provide more and better opportunities for poor kids, it wasn’t so it could cut taxes.
It was clearly disappointing that Gov. Henry McMaster, while delivering the 2020 State of the State address on Jan. 22, did not mention the Port of Georgetown.
This past week was considered the first big test of Charleston's new ordinance designed to limit the proliferation of hotels in its historic district, but the result of that test varies rather dramatically depending on who is giving the grade.
The inequality between Charleston’s predominantly white schools and majority African American schools has a long history. The dispute over the recent decision by the Charleston County School Board to seek equity in the county’s schools has its roots in discrimination and racism of the Jim Crow era.
Former City Councilman Maurice Washington could be the next Charleston County GOP chairman. And that's a good thing...
Nearly 52 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched with striking sanitation workers in Memphis who were demanding higher pay, safe working conditions and the right to a union. “It’s a crime in a rich nation for people to receive starvation wages,” he said. Those were Dr. King’s final da…
With our economy humming and unemployment nationwide at historic lows, the last thing our elected leaders should be doing is bringing forward policies that could cause harm to the workers and job creators who drive our economy forward.
The case of two homeowners who fell behind on their association fees and had their house sold by the HOA for $3,000 is an aberration and troubling. One needs to review all the details of the case to ascertain the substantial intricacies.
SC teachers say students are using their phones in class more than ever — too often with few if any consequences.
The University of South Carolina says it has no timetable for deciding what to do with The Wedge, its vast Santee Cooper plantation with a historically significant but deteriorating home. We should expect more.
Impartiality by all
The Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency recently issued stiff and warranted criticism of the agency for ignoring the science affecting some of its more controversial rulings. It is reassuring that the scientific viewpoint so necessary to sound environmental policy r…
South Carolina’s biggest and most important challenge, far and away, is providing all the children in this state with a good education, and we welcome Gov. Henry McMaster's ongoing emphasis on this issue in his State of the State address.
Graham’s position appalling
Everybody says they want permanent daylight saving time. But what will they say when it's dark until 8:30 some mornings?
This year, the South Carolina Legislature may consider much needed reforms to our antiquated and burdensome system of business licensing. The current system hampers entrepreneurship and the growth of small business, putting South Carolina at a competitive disadvantage. A report I authored on…
A core state agency gets into trouble, department heads come and go and the agency limps along until a new executive is hired to clean it all up. Meet Michael Leach.
The South Carolina Legislature needs to reform the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. USC is governed by a board majority that demonstrates a reckless disregard for fiduciary duties, a contempt for procedures and a shocking ignorance of applicable state laws. This behavior has e…
Last year was a difficult one for residents of Charleston’s East Side, which saw its second deadliest year in the past decade. Four were shot and killed there between June and September alone.
I am writing in response to the Jan. 5 Post and Courier letter about tree trimming.
South Carolina owns about 1,300 elementary, middle and high schools, which educate 750,000 children — some quite well, others horribly. Unfortunately, some senators seem more interested in subsidizing private schools than improving the schools we own.
Michael Bennet is right vote
If you read this newspaper, you’ll find many examples showing how the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the nation’s foremost civil rights leader whose life and legacy we celebrate today, laid the groundwork for a more just and equitable society.
Brand new Summerville Mayor Rickey Waring is off to a fast start, with a big $6.5 million decision already in the books that promises to do several good things for the town.
If television in its infancy was a vast wasteland, then social media is currently a vast minefield, and the trolls are real, not just an ugly thing under the bridge in a children's storybook.
Most people know that Holocaust survivor Joe Engel, a survivor of the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, is a special and beloved person in our community.
Local cities want citizens to report their stolen guns, but the state may not let them.
After Mark Sanford hauled defecating piglets up the ornate Statehouse staircase to the House chamber in a made-for-TV protest of all that spending on local festivals and community programs that he had vetoed and the Legislature had reinstated without so much as reading his veto letter, the p…
Allen Patterson had been awake more than three days straight in the psych ward when he saw snakes in his hands and in his legs. He eventually became another sad statistic in South Carolina's prison system.
Just a day after half of its new members took their oath of office last week, Charleston City Council unanimously adopted the new flooding and drainage strategy to address the city's No. 1 issue. Here's why it matters.
It was with interest that I read the Jan. 9 Post and Courier article concerning plantation weddings spurring dialogue on the national stage.
The Upstate town of Laurens is a pretty typical small, rural Southern town. You might not notice the history of violence and hate sown into one of the abandoned buildings downtown. You might not notice the sneer behind its crumbling facade. You might not see the memory of blood behind its bo…
In the private and non-profit sectors, people whose skills are in high demand can demand better pay than those whose skills are easy to find, and pople who do a great job get paid better than those who do just the minimum. That's only fair, and it encourages people to improve.
When Boeing feels that its 737 Max is safe and ready to fly again, I recommend that the board of directors, senior management and engineers take a seat on the 737 Max and take a trip around the world, with multiple takeoffs and landings.
Freida McDuffie, who pointed out how state lawmakers get “hot and bothered” when constituents disagree with school board decisions but are otherwise disengaged, is the winner of The Post and Courier’s latest Golden Pen for her letter published Dec. 26.