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Editorials from across South Carolina: base load review act, bad roads, Fritz Hollings

While SCANA and other stakeholders sort through the mess, we have a proposal for state lawmakers — it’s time to take a second look at the Base Load Review Act .… All the BLRA does is allow utilities to shift the burden to ratepayers who are seeing zero return on their investment. V.C. Summer construction is only 34 percent complete (64 percent if you count engineering, procurement and startup). V.C. Summer hasn’t generated 1 watt of power, yet SCANA rate hikes account for roughly 20 percent of a typical customer’s power bill.

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Who’s to blame for prison killings? Look in the mirror

The horrific deaths of John King, Jason Kelley, Jimmy Ham and William Scruggs at the Kirkland Correctional Institute highlight the gaping holes in our treatment of mental illness. The four men, who resided in a special dorm for those struggling with psychiatric disorders, were killed by two other inmates, allegedly because they were a ‘nuisance.’

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For Americans, all we ever believed in is under attack

Starting decades ago, many people, especially in the universities, lost faith in the Western civilization narrative of democracy and reasoned discourse and the public square. They stopped teaching it, and the great cultural transmission belt broke. Now many students are taught that Western civilization is a history of oppression.

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With North Korea, we do have cards to play

The crisis with North Korea may appear trumped up. It’s not. Pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, but now it’s headed for a nuclear breakout. The regime has openly declared that it is racing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the United States — and thus destroy an American city at a Kim Jong Un push of a button.

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It’s time to pull the plug on repeal and replace

Having failed miserably to win passage of an abomination of a bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan and his minions are back with something even worse. A draft framework being circulated this week would pretend to keep the parts of Obamacare that people like, but allow the states to take these benefits away.

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Senate choice: pure ideology v. better roads

A gas tax increase to fund the maintenance and expansion of SC roads has been short-circuited in the Senate for several years by opponents who refuse to acknowledge the facts about our Transportation Department, our road needs, our taxes and even such basic realities as inflation.

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Reform the tax code now

The beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar) gave us three extra days to file our income taxes this year. It’s too bad they did nothing to make the process easier.

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Why don’t all jobs matter?

The Trump administration probably won’t ever do anything substantive to bring back mining and manufacturing jobs.But why does public discussion of job loss focus so intensely on mining and manufacturing, while virtually ignoring the big declines in some service sectors?

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Why Gov McMaster should veto defective pension bill

If the SC pension reform bill becomes law, taxpayers will pay 20 times as much more into the Retirement System as public employees do; 23 percent of every dollar paid by taxpayers into the general fund will go toward the public employees’ retirement system; and with no reforms, we’ll likely have another bailout later.

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Learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings

When children participate in afterschool, they attend school more often, they do better in school, and they are more likely to graduate. Regular after-school attendance also improves children’s homework completion, class participation and classroom behavior.

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The story of Joaquin and Easter

All of us know of people calling themselves Christians who do horrible things. We know of hypocrites and religious opportunists and historical disgraces, such as the Inquisition. But then there are people like Joaquin who know that error can be corrected by grace and loving growth.

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America’s well worth fighting for

America is a story of victory over long odds, a movie where the hero smashes through in the final reel. So it’s understandable that some of us are sanguine that we will eventually figure out how to knit those parts back into a functioning and cohesive whole. But the 12 weeks since Jan. 20 have seen more scandal, international incidents, incompetence, instability, lies and jaw-dropping embarrassments than the previous 12 years combined. America is threatened as it has never been before.

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America is back

The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. Then Bashar Assad drops chemical weapons on rebel-held territory and Trump launches 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria.

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How Christians can support a president with a ‘truth’ problem

The thing that baffles most opponents of President Donald Trump is that he and his staff show a blatant disregard for facts. But Christians, who are used to having facts shoved down their throats as the ultimate truth, can relate to Trump despite his disdain for many conservative Christian causes. The simple fact is that there are different kinds of truths.

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Before the next tech revolution

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone’s debut, the start of a societal revolution that no one quite expected and a chance, perhaps, to reflect on - and prepare for - the impact of the revolutionary technologies to come.

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