Editorials represent the institutional view of the newspaper. They are written and edited by the editorial staff, which operates separately from the news department. Editorial writers are not involved in newsroom operations.

The Biden administration said it would agree to waive patent protection for COVID-19 drugs to speed global recovery from the pandemic. It sounds like a noble gesture, but the feel-good decision could cause more harm than good and should be reversed.

Regardless of whether a conflict of interest played a role in the state’s allowing a controversial oyster farming operation near Folly Beach — and most indications are it did not — South Carolina needs to improve its processes for reviewing and allowing this relatively new form of mariculture.

A bill backed by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and a bipartisan group of seven other senators would extend and greatly expand the extra charitable giving deduction from 2020 federal individual income taxes that was a part of the national response to the pandemic. Congress should move quickly …

The S.C. Corrections Department says it intends to release the name of any prisoner who is executed whenever South Carolina gets back into the execution business. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's not releasing the names of any other prisoners who die in state custody unless or…

No one knew for sure if the rural town of Allendale could get internet access by installing new equipment atop a state-owned TV tower. A state agency, to its credit, took a chance anyway, and its success already is paying off there and should serve as a model for connecting other parts of ou…

Those who have followed The Post and Courier’s ongoing “Uncovered” series realize that it’s about more than stories of state and local officials abusing the public trust; it’s also about how residents, voters and others struggle mightily these days to learn about this abuse and hold their of…

The investor-owned utility that thought S.C. politicians were so desperate to unload Santee Cooper that they’d practically pay someone to take it finally got the message that a sale isn’t in the offing after the S.C. Senate voted 36-8 against even soliciting new bids.

For decades, Charleston area cycling advocates have been seeing red because our streets aren’t painted green. That has changed this year with two important and dramatic projects we hope will herald the beginning of a new era where state and local governments work together to create safe, acc…

President Joe Biden is in discussions with Senate Republicans on an infrastructure funding bill, and they may be close to agreement on the types of infrastructure that should be paid for and the size of the eight-year investment program that would address real needs in our highways, rail, ma…

The Russian military is doing an unfortunate amount of posturing in Central Europe, with more than 100,000 troops amassed on its border with Ukraine. The crisis will serve as a litmus test of President Joe Biden’s ability to get our NATO allies to pull together. They need to blunt any Russia…

With President Joe Biden’s decision to remove American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 20 years to the day after brutal attacks on the United States launched from that country, the die is cast. America is done with fighting Afghanistan’s seemingly eternal wars. Maybe.

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