Electricity is delivered to South Carolina residents through two regulated monopolies — Duke Energy and SCE&G, which is soon to be Dominion Energy — and state-owned Santee Cooper and its various electric cooperatives.
The town of Hollywood never should have tried to own and operate its own sewer system. That’s the main takeaway after a burst pipe leaked raw sewage into the Stono River for weeks in January, disrupting oyster harvesting at the peak of the season.
Federal District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan is right to review the background of the plea agreement between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the government before deciding on a sentence for his admitted infractions of the law. The apparent violations of due process alleged by …
As the real power in South Carolina, the Legislature is the key to making this happen. Lawmakers have to figure out a better school funding system than the current outdated method that clearly doesn’t work.
It’s still not clear whether Chinese scientist He Jiankui really managed to create the world’s first genetically edited human babies immune to HIV. His claims, which were first made public late last month, haven’t been independently verified, and Mr. He appears to have recently gone missing.
Today, state utility regulators will make a decision that will cap more than a year and a half of wrangling over the fallout from SCANA and Santee Cooper’s decision to abandon construction on two nuclear reactors after spending about $9 billion on them.
South Carolina residents and political leaders will fight to protect our coast, including in court. And it will be difficult for a federal judge to summarily dismiss an exhaustive federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aimed at stopping Atlantic offshore oil exploration.
The Western world faces external challenges from China, Iran, Russia and terrorism. But Western countries are also being tied in knots by internal conflicts.
With President Donald Trump’s threat to “shut the government down” if he doesn’t get his way, the politics of the border wall have reached an absurd impasse. There is plenty of blame to go around.
It’s possible that the drowning of two women in an Horry County jail van in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in September could not have been prevented by any single law.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission should hang onto its Cooper River Marina in North Charleston and invest in upgrades and dredging. After all, the land and the main pier were gifts from the Navy, and the 160-slip marina turned a tidy profit this past fiscal year just as it…
The Charleston Boxing Club took a punch to the gut recently when the city closed the circa-1933 fire station housing the gym on upper King Street, but 87-year-old founder Al “Hollywood” Meggett doesn’t go down easy. The former professional boxer and trainer is hoping to save the character-bu…
Until recently, black people who acquired land after the Civil War had been losing their properties at an alarming rate. They were preyed upon by swindlers who pitted family members against one another to force sales. Properties were sold on courthouse steps because of unpaid taxes. And conf…
South Carolina’s next multibillion-dollar disaster could be just around the corner.
Solar power is generally better for the planet than fossil fuel-based alternatives. Trees are obviously good for the planet as well.
What if someone encouraged you to be assertive and “take the flower by the thorns”?
A treaty isn’t really a treaty if one side has violated it for a decade. That’s why the United States is right to demand changes to Russian behavior or it will pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Charges of impropriety in the handling of absentee ballots have held up certification of a close election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District for nearly a month. As North Carolina election officials work to resolve the matter, the disputed election should also be closely scrutiniz…
Most of the discussion about the budget at Charleston City Council on Tuesday was not about whether to raise taxes, but by how much.
The G-20 summit produced modest but welcome progress on trade reform between China and the United States and in the G-20 commitment to much-needed changes to the World Trade Organization. Given the expectation that President Donald Trump would escalate his tariff war against China, casting a…
The realignment of Patriots Point Boulevard for the Medal of Honor Museum was supposed to start last week. It didn’t. And it’s highly unlikely museum construction will start by July 2020, or that the museum will open at Patriots Point by 2023.
Lindsey Graham and 13 other Republican senators were right to join Democrats in voting to allow debate on a bill that would order President Donald Trump to suspend assistance to the Arab coalition supporting the government of Yemen in its devastating war with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.
An overwhelming majority of South Carolina residents believe climate change is real. That’s an encouraging finding from a Winthrop University poll conducted in October in which 95 percent of respondents agreed that Earth’s climate is changing.
Congress let the Land and Water Conservation Fund expire Sept. 30, but lawmakers have a chance to right that wrong by bringing its reauthorization to floor votes before this lame-duck session ends.
Add to the list of reasons why the Federal Communications Commission should allow state prison officials to jam cellphones signals a South Carolina prison-based “sextortion” ring that prosecutors say bilked 442 military personnel out of at least $560,000.
W ith about $1 billion in surplus money burning a hole in the state Legislature’s figurative pockets and more than double that amount in requests for funding from state agencies, lawmakers will have some tough spending decisions to make next year.
With the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush on Friday, the last of the leaders of the “greatest generation” has left the national stage. His is a great loss, and the outpouring of affection for the man and what he stood for is a well-deserved tribute.
Leaders in both political parties are once again engaging in that most tiresome of all political ploys: a threat to shut down the government to make some political point. It is time to put an end to this idiotic tactic.
Governments across the coastal Southeast, along with business leaders and countless residents have made it abundantly clear they don’t want drilling in Atlantic waters.
How Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is received today at the G-20 meeting in Argentina will be a good test of how seriously the leaders of two-thirds of the world’s population view his latest blatant and violent breach of international law.
Guns aren’t necessarily related to public health. They’re inanimate objects. But bullet holes in people who have been shot by people with guns are very much a health concern.
Because of the way Charleston’s government works, it’s unlikely that an ordinance to shift the balance between the Planning Commission and City Council will pass, and that’s for the best.
The U.S.-China tariff war is headed toward a major showdown this weekend when President Trump meets China’s President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires to cap off months of negotiations on establishing better trade relations. The prospects for a breakthrough don…
The broad takeaways from a lengthy new federal report on climate change aren’t exactly shocking. The climate is changing, humans are a major factor in that change, and the consequences of failing to take action would be devastating.
The holiday season is a time of reflection, a time to be thankful for our good fortunes and a time for generosity. And for 90 years readers of The Post and Courier have shown their compassion for less fortunate Charlestonians by donating to the Good Cheer Fund, which has helped support local…
Dozens of NASA scientists waited on pins and needles, staring at screens full of data, trusting that years of calculations and careful engineering and planning would bring a complex and delicate probe to a safe landing 300 million miles away on the surface of Mars.
Charleston’s single-use plastic bag and foam products ban, which received tentative approval at City Council earlier this month and is up for another vote Tuesday, wouldn’t completely end littering or entirely prevent plastics from winding up in local waterways.
It took incredible courage for Jennifer Holmes to step into the pool that first day — and the days and weeks that followed. But she was drawn to the water, compelled by tragedy to overcome her fear. Her bravery brought renewed attention to the importance of knowing how to swim, and her effor…
A major bipartisan critique of the nation’s defense posture, commissioned by Congress and released Nov. 14, urges the federal government to urgently rebuild the military or face a dangerous decline in national security at a time of rising tension with Russia and China. This long-term project…
Let’s hear it for donors big and small who have helped the campaign to restore the Crab Bank seabird sanctuary get closer to its goal. These contributions should be an encouragement for further giving, because without more help in the coming weeks the effort to save the critical habitat will fail.
Damage from Hurricane Florence might have caused South Carolina only about half of what state officials initially estimated. But that money will be misspent if it doesn’t actively help prevent catastrophic flooding and other costly disasters the next time a hurricane takes a swipe at our state.
A paperwork error in an unrelated federal prosecution appears to have accidentally revealed that a federal grand jury has returned a sealed indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for unknown crimes. On balance, it seems to be a good idea to try Mr. Assange in a U.S. court if la…
The massive cleanup at the former Viva Recycling facility rolls on. Each truck that hauls a load of abandoned tires from the Berkeley County site means the property is one step closer to being rid of the mountains of potentially hazardous rubber. The effort also is a troubling reminder of wh…
Sometimes we use this space to criticize public officials or pick apart decisions we disagree with or argue against policies and laws we find misguided or harmful. It can be easy to get caught up in what’s wrong with things and lose sight of what’s great.
Mount Pleasant officials are right that the town’s growth isn’t sustainable. But they’re wrong about the reasons why.
After years of allowing unfettered access to underground water, South Carolina has taken an important step in protecting its aquifers by agreeing to keep closer tabs on withdrawals in the farming-dense, seven-county region around Aiken.
President Trump is fortunate to have U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham poised to take over the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He will need Sen. Graham at his back if House Democrats now armed with subpoena power unleash a series of efforts to bring down his presidency.
If your smartphone battery dies, it’s frustrating, but you can find a land line somewhere. Or if your car’s backup camera goes down, you can always turn around and look out of the rear window — the way it was done in the early 2000s.
The state needs to treat its education problems as a crisis and overhaul a system that continues to fail our children.
When it comes to preserving historic properties like Gippy Plantation, fast-growing Berkeley County needs a new bag of tools to better manage development. Zoning laws alone will be insufficient, and S.C. Conservation Bank funds will only go so far as the demand for new housing puts rural pro…