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In March, the Legislature was set to raise every S.C. teacher’s pay by $3,000, pour tens of millions of dollars into textbooks, and school buses, and even maintenance and renovations in poor districts. It was about to follow through at long last on two-decade-old promises to provide full-day…
It’s looking like we’re in for a long, hot summer, but we should pause to appreciate that it still promises to be nowhere near as hot as it used to be.
So where’s the outrage for America Street?
Across South Carolina and our nation, physicians are upholding the values of the Hippocratic oath, tirelessly working alongside nurses and other health care workers “to help the sick,” heroically risking their own health and safety to treat patients suffering from COVID-19. According to the …
Sunday’s editorial warning that the pandemic could “kill top reforms” raised important concerns about education in South Carolina. But there’s a crucial part of education that I fear is slipping through the cracks because we don’t think about it enough: early childhood education and child care.
The Public Service Commission surprisingly sided with regulators over Dominion Energy in a recent ruling. Could this lead to help saving Charleston trees?
I can’t breathe.
People of all cultures are hurt, tired and provoked by the unjust killings of black men by white police officers. This recent killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minnesota is the straw that broke the camel’s back, and we are angry.
Policing an urban environment is significantly different than any other type of law enforcement challenge. A city police force and a police chief must earn and maintain the trust and confidence of the community members they serve. The department is the face of local government, and in the mi…
A guy on Twitter says he’s lost track of whether we’re under virus curfew or protest curfew.
Editor's note: An editorial appended to the bottom of this column explains our position and clarifies numerous contentions made in the op-ed.
Across South Carolina and the greater Charleston community, we have minimized the initial impact of COVID-19 infections as a result of social distancing and closures.
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Walter Scott (2015), George Floyd (2020) and Sean Bell (2006). These are just a few of the names of African Americans who have died as a result of a long-standing and complicated history between police and the African American community, particularly with black men.
I took a deep breath, checked my summer-service uniform for correctness, squared my shoulders and took my first steps toward my cousin since last seeing him more than a year earlier.
All over Charleston, citizens are suddenly being jolted by the sounds of chainsaws cutting the trees in front of their house. There are big, burly men with big trucks butchering the trees, and if homeowners challenge them, they often are rudely dismissed and told that Dominion Energy has an …
EMS Week has been celebrated since 1974, when President Gerald Ford initiated this week of praise for the men and women who do this job 24/7, 365 days a year.
Charles Town was a lively, sometimes dangerous, place in the early 18th century. That led to the city's first seawall.
If you believe that life is going back to normal when this dreadful crisis is over, then turn the page. This column is not for you.
The chairman of the state Republican Party threw a bit of a fit on Friday about our editorial on the misleading question on the GOP primary ballot, firing off a blast-email complaining that a “Post and Courier Editorial Encourages Democrats to Vote in the Republican Primary.” (Funny; he didn…
As an African American nurse anesthetist, I feel uniquely qualified to deliver an important, perhaps even lifesaving, message to South Carolina’s African American community about COVID-19.
As South Carolina prepares to emerge from a three-month crash course with statewide online learning, the South Carolina School Boards Association asked local school board members from across the state to share their views on how their districts fared this spring and what they hope to see as …
Unless there’s an epic spike in coronavirus deaths over the summer, South Carolina public schools will reopen this fall. Nobody’s exactly sure what that will look like yet, but one thing’s for certain: Parents won’t be happy, and a good number of them will blame their local school board.
COVID-19 is real, and it is vicious. It has killed tens of thousands of Americans. More will follow.
We were disappointed to read the editorial staff’s recommendation that pandemic unemployment insurance benefits not be extended beyond July 31. This benefit provides the unemployed worker with an additional $600 a week during these very difficult times.
Over the past two months, our community has experienced what we hope is a once in a lifetime crisis. The cost to health and human life has been devastating. The economic toll has been severe and has further widened inequalities already present.
Amid the tragedy and hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen the best of South Carolina.
As a former solicitor and deputy solicitor for the 5th Circuit (Richland and Kershaw counties), I was somewhat startled to read the newspaper’s editorial repeating S.C. Supreme Court Justice John Few’s concurring opinion in State v. Quinn referring to Solicitor David Pascoe’s handling of the…
The Senate recently overwhelmingly passed legislation to bar Chinese companies from listing on U.S. stock exchanges unless they take more aggressive steps to confront rampant fraud and Chinese government control. The legislation was bipartisan, sponsored by Sens. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, a…
At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, as everyone was just beginning to grasp the impacts it would have on our daily lives, I stumbled upon an old Fred Rogers quote: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will al…
A man floated down President Street in Charleston on an inflatable pink flamingo on Wednesday afternoon.
Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who died in combat while serving in our nation's armed forces. This Memorial Day, as we also observe the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, is an appropriate time to reflect on William B. Rice of Charleston, who made the supreme sacr…
As we pause on the solemn occasion of Memorial Day, we find ourselves in a world we couldn’t have imagined a few months ago, much less a year ago. It’s a world filled with tragedy, uncertainty and gnawing worry about a virus we don’t fully understand.
By 1700, Charles Town had entered the dawn of the Rice age.
It was 2009, the nation was mired in what would become known as the Great Recession, tax revenues were plummeting, and states were about to start laying off teachers, corrections officers, Highway Patrol troopers and other employees, driving the unemployment rate even higher, when the Congre…
Many are still learning about the initial plan for building a $1.75 billion wall around much of Charleston’s historic peninsula to minimize damage from future storms, but most already would agree that if it’s built, it should be beautiful.
Charleston and Norfolk, Virginia, are sister cities in the quest to address coastal flooding.
Legitimate concerns about businesses being held liable for the consequences of COVID-19 exposure in their facilities have led to strong interest in Congress, particularly among Republicans, to include liability protection in the next COVID-related bill. Public health officials, most medical …
The South Carolina House and Senate recently returned to Columbia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and their activities supported several Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce legislative priorities.
Foundations, United Ways and nonprofit organizations across the state are an important way community helps community. Where government is often rigid and fixed, philanthropic and charitable organizations can move quickly in times of emergency.
A shooting range and a barber shop in the same day. Which was safer?
We are no strangers to hurricanes in South Carolina. These storms are part of life, especially in the Lowcountry and all along our coast.
There is a good reason that Congress has such a low approval rating. Many Americans believe that the bigger the check, the more influence a corporation or person can have on a politician. When citizens sense corporations have the ear of politicians, when the everyday Joe believes he has no v…
Chinyere Okpaleke is a diehard Los Angeles Lakers fan. Her favorite man in purple-and-gold was Kobe Bryant, the legend who coined the “Mamba Mentality” state of mind.
“Aquariums, to me, are like cathedrals … so splendid.” — Pat Conroy
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began tearing through the United States, we’ve heard a lot about overloaded systems and the people who are suffering as a result. We’ve heard about our overwhelmed hospitals and the doctors on hospital front lines. We’ve heard about aging Americans and the profess…
Anybody stuck in beach traffic over the weekend shouldn’t have been surprised.
Two months ago, America’s coronavirus mantra was mitigation: “Flatten the curve.”
As Gov. Henry McMaster, accelerateSC and leaders across our beloved state continue to tackle the daunting task of reopening and rebuilding our economy, we and the Together SC network of nonprofit leaders and their allies urge that they make equity a top priority.
‘Is it hypocritical for the United States to advocate for democracy and human rights abroad while we have issues here that we don’t focus on?”