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President Joe Biden recently faced a difficult choice of his own making: a continued good neighbor policy following the rules of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, or pursuit of his buy-American polices embedded in the infrastructure bill he signed into law Nov. 15 and in th…

Post-high school education in the United States has been moving for more than a decade toward helping students acquire skills needed by employers, a direction pioneered by the South Carolina Technical College System over the past half-century. Registered apprenticeships are one way to do so …

As automobiles allowed Charleston’s population to grow dramatically outward in the 20th century, particularly into West Ashley, the land beyond the peninsula’s first bridge, the city didn’t officially grow with it. The municipal government did not annex across the Ashley River until 1960, lo…

Giving thanks is a central part of most religions. Indeed, the American celebration of Thanksgiving that we trace (accurately or not) to 1621, that was first officially declared by George Washington and made permanent by Abraham Lincoln and later enshrined in law by the Congress was conceive…

The Lowcountry Food Bank is distributing almost 50 tons of turkey (5,500 whole birds; 2,600 breasts) to families in need across coastal South Carolina this week, and that’s not simply because these birds are a good source of protein. As the nonprofit’s motto states, its work is about more th…

You can have the best laws against gang violence or insider trading or identity fraud or … well, anything, and you can have the best trained and staffed police agency with the most effective investigative tools to track down suspected wrongdoers, but it won’t do you any good if prosecutors a…

Those who follow the news can find much to be concerned about these days — including but not necessarily limited to our warming planet, a lingering pandemic, deep political divisions, rising crime and drug abuse. But we think it's important to realize that this is also a time of amazing achi…

Hugh Leatherman started his Statehouse career as a flamethrower. Five years in, he took what critics termed his “pugnacious” style to the 1986 race for governor, attacking his opponents as soft on crime and hard on taxpayers while promising a business-friendly approach that he said his fello…

What we know today as North Charleston began taking shape decades before the city was incorporated in 1972, and two of its oldest civic buildings are long overdue for major renovations. We urge City Council to proceed apace and strive for excellence with its $45 million plan to make the nece…

Most S.C. students didn’t spend September ripping soap dispensers off the walls of their school bathrooms while a friend videoed the vandalism. Most students didn’t spend the month of October slapping their teachers, and most won’t spend December exposing themselves for the camera or January…

The huge backups of ships waiting to unload cargo in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on the West Coast — and Savannah on the East Coast — are part of the global supply chain tie-up, but there’s fortunately no sign of that at the Port of Charleston, which is poised for significant growth.

Russian cyber intrusions have only increased in the months since President Joe Biden imposed sanctions on Russia and issued a warning in person to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to organizations that track cyber attacks and media reports. These relentless assaults illustrate our…

Although most South Carolinians get our water from large systems such as the city-owned utility that serves Charleston, about 1 in 6 rely on nearly 600 smaller water systems, run by local governments, trailer parks and private companies such as Blue Granite. The S.C. Department of Health and…

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