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Nearly two-thirds through the session, SC legislators have made no significant progress toward reforming our ethics law, fixing our roads or seeing to it that all children receive a decent education. And those aren’t even all the big problems they need to solve; those are just the ones they promised to solve.
The raid last month on a cockfighting operation in Marlboro County, SC, reminds us once again that we need to stop coddling criminals and enact some serious penalties for this training ground for violent criminals.
We know that early intervention programs such as 4-year-old kindergarten can be life-altering for poor children, but they have to done properly. A new study shows South Carolina is doing 4K properly in some cases —and not in others. We have to do it properly everywhere.
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.