Editorials from elsewhere
Crime leaves its victims broken, scared and angry. Crime committed by someone who is on bail for one or more other crimes leaves victims — and the community — outraged. …
That’s why the S.C. Senate voted last year by a 42-0 margin for a bill that would allow the Circuit Court to revoke the bond of someone charged with a subsequent violent crime. And it allows additional penalties for people who commit General Sessions Court offenses while on bond.
In other words, it would accomplish what most fair-minded people would assume should already be the law in South Carolina.
Post and Courier
Open court files
It is probably for the best that Hilton Head Island Rep. Andy Patrick has dropped out of the race for state superintendent of education and has also decided not to seek re-election to the state House of Representatives. Documents and interviews recently revealed that Patrick is having financial and legal troubles, raising questions about whether he is suited for public life at this time. …
(P)ublic officials must be more than good with money. Ideally, they also are people of good character and integrity. That’s part of the reason S.C. divorce files are required to remain open — with some exceptions.
While it’s unfortunate that, in the case of some public officials, this sometimes leads to a public airing of private matters and he-said-she-said scenarios, it’s an important legal check. Open files lessen the likelihood of judges being swayed by one side’s power. They allow public scrutiny that increases the chances of fair rulings, and they maintain the ability for us all to see what happens in our public courts and what information influences a court’s decision.
(Sen. John) Matthews said in order to build the skilled workforce needed for the state’s economy to succeed, lawmakers must do something to encourage high-quality teachers to work in high-poverty, hard-to-staff schools. His plan, developed from discussions with educators across the state, would provide $10,000 yearly bonuses to teachers who have proved they can boost students’ performance.
Under Mattthews’ plan, teachers could be offered a three-year contract at a struggling school if test scores from the previous two years show their students posted big gains in academic growth under their tutelage. Getting the bonus in the final year of the contract would require test scores that prove they’re making a difference in their new setting. …
If we expect teachers to be a key ingredient in improving education in districts that measurements indicate are in need improvement the most, what better way to get good teachers and keep them than provide incentives that put money in their paychecks? It’s the American way.
Times and Democrat
Food for Thought
• “The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
• “The works of the Lord are all good, when the time is right, he gives whatever is needed.”