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July 6, 2014 

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Bad drivers

A major widening project on Interstate 26 in North Charleston has significantly reduced traffic congestion since its completion in 2011. But there also has been an increase in accidents along that four-mile stretch.

That re-confirms this sad reality about the greatest hazard to highway safety: Bad drivers.

As Prentiss Findlay reported in Sunday's Post and Courier, since the widening of I-26 from Aviation Avenue and Remount Road to Ashley Phosphate Road: “More drivers are speeding and tailgating, causing more collisions, law enforcement agencies report.” 

Clearly, motorists should heed the safety experts and stop speeding, following too closely or eating a leaky breakfast biscuit while tapping out a message on the cell phone.

Failing that, the safety experts who wear badges and use blue lights should insist on timely interventions, particularly at those high-risk intersections.

Post and Courier

Charleston

Recycling

South Carolina is getting better at recycling, albeit slowly. The state has set a goal of a 40 percent recycling participation rate by 2020, and it is making gradual progress. 

It starts in homes and businesses. All of us need to be more aware of items that can be recycled. If we have curbside pickup, we should take advantage of it. Those of us who live in areas without curbside pickup should try to make a trip to the nearest recycling center part of our Saturday routine once or twice a month. Individuals and businesses who hire private waste haulers should weigh the benefits of paying a little bit more for recycling pick-up.

At the government level, communities that do not offer curbside recycling should at least consider implementing it.

Greenville News

Open meetings

Public bodies and the organizations they represent contend agendas should be flexible to allow for the public’s business to be done in a timely manner. While no one disputes there are reasons for agenda changes and adjustments, the bottom line remains the agenda is to notify the public about what matters are to be considered by the public body.

If agendas can be changed without notice, there is nothing to prevent a public body from taking up controversial matters such as zoning, or school closings, or even budgets and tax increases without having those items on the agenda they are required to provide to the public and all media outlets requesting such.

While we know many in public office and on these councils and boards are good people wanting to serve the public well, the fact is they know it is easier to take action without public opponents in their faces and arguing positions in public and through the media. But doing business without the public having complete knowledge and input is not the way of open government.

Times and Democrat

Orangeburg

Food for Thought

•  “Responsibility is the price of freedom.”

Elbert Hubbard

Inspiration

•  “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Philippians 4:4

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