The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services firm concerning trends in the housing market explains: Increasing numbers of women “are adopting dogs for security and/or companionship,” partly because of “the great education divide.”
WE KEEP HEARING from state senators about what a great job they’re doing policing their own compliance with the ethics law, and how there’s no need to allow an independent panel to investigate complaints against lawmakers.
WHILE STATE Rep. Jim Merrill was right when he said South Carolina needs a strong Board of Regents to oversee this state’s colleges and universities, his attempt to force such a change through the budgetary process was dead wrong.
The recent drama in the House of Representatives, when Speaker John A. Boehner needed Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to rescue him from his own rebellious party, looked like a messy disaster for Republicans. But it could have been worse.
THE STEALTHY manner in which the Richland 1 school board hired a new superintendent was not only unacceptable, it robbed the public of an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and sowed seeds of discontent that could be long-lasting.
IMAGINE PARENTS who make their teenage child pay rent and buy her own clothes, food and school supplies. They give her an allowance, and she has a part-time job, but they won’t let her increase her hours, or get a better-paying job. Then one day they cut her allowance.
WHILE IT was good to see the candidate we believe is best suited to serve as Lexington County’s next sheriff win the Republican primary on Tuesday, the turnout for this important election was disheartening.
I wholeheartedly agree with Paul E. Jones (“Reinstate annual vehicle inspections,” Feb. 4). I recently moved here from a state that does require vehicle inspections. It doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive, maybe $8 to $10.
WITH S.C. State University fighting for its life and lawmakers and citizens alike offering home-spun, inexpert remedies to save the fiscally challenged college, where is the Commission on Higher Education?
NOW THAT Columbia City Council has rejected the unpopular idea of seeking proposals to privatize the city’s water and sewer system, it should prepare residents for the harsh reality of possible double-digit rate hikes.
IF YOU TRUST your state government even less after the Senate killed its ethics reform bill on Wednesday, you’re not alone. But one good thing came out of the vote: We found out precisely where senators stand. That’s important because the Senate agreed the next day to a parliamentary maneuver that will allow the bill to be revived if more senators can be persuaded to support it.
WE DON’T expect anything to come of some House members’ poorly conceived plan to shutter the financially troubled S.C. State University for two years, but that and a flurry of other legislative activity aimed at the college late last week should serve as a stern warning to school officials: Get your house in order. Now. Or else.
WELCOME TO our new neighborhood. Starting today, this section of the newspaper will be produced earlier in the day than the news sections, and since we have always believed that editorials and columns need to be percolated, rather than rushed into print without reflection, it made sense for us to move the Opinion page here.
AS COLUMBIA entertains proposals from companies interested in helping manage its water and sewage system, it’s critical for city leaders to keep citizens in the know and help them clearly understand what’s transpiring.
AS WE WATCHED the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team evolve under the leadership of coach Dawn Staley over the past few years, it was evident that it was on a trajectory toward elite status.