Many people have begun to doubt whether college is worth the investment, at exactly the time that a college diploma is more valuable than ever and when colleges are proving to be essential community partners.
The SC Public Service Commission is helping SCE&G by not forcing the utility to turn over documents needed to prove that power bills should be reduced because the utility mismanaged construction of nuclear reactors at the VC Summer plant.
The State’s new publisher, Rodney Mahone, explains how his Southern upbringing shaped his values, and talks about his commitment to tell your essential stories, help build community and never shy away from what is challenging.
Climate change seems obvious when you look at the Keeling Curve, a graph based on an astounding 60-year record of global carbon dioxide levels. The case seems less clear when you think of the millennia of data we don’t have.
The SC Pregnancy Accommodations Act will help mothers continue to work during pregnancy and after childbirth, by requiring reasonable accommodations, such as work breaks, sitting down. It will help businesses retain good employees.
The people complaining about ‘inappropriate conduct’ and ‘sexual harassment’ at Columbia International University admit they aren’t talking about sexual advances, but that’s what people assume. That’s not the CIU I know.
Columbia International University alumni are demanding an outside investigation of allegations of abuse of power against President Mark Smith because the school preaches that leaders can’t be questioned, makes women responsible for purity.
Last year, Fairfield County, SC, was hit by the closure of the VC Summer nuclear expansion project and our main manufacturer. But a partnership between the school system and Midlands Technical College offers hope for the future.
SC prisons can’t offer enough productive work, academic and vocational training or mental-health treatment because of budget cuts by the Legislature. That leaves violent prisoners with nothing to do, and leads to deadly violence.
SC Education Superintendent Molly Spearman has taken over three SC school districts. She should allow the elected school boards to run them. The Legislature hasn’t fixed Corridor of Shame schools, which weren’t meant to educate all students.
People who read this column know my political ideology: I’m a Whig. If progressives generally believe in expanding government to enhance equality, and libertarians try to reduce government to expand freedom, Whigs seek to use limited but energetic government to enhance social mobility.
SC rooftop solar customers don’t pay their fair share for using the energy grid, and the SC Legislature is considering a plan to increase the number of homeowners the rest of us subsidize through net-metering. It’s a bad idea.
South Carolina’s regulated monopolies say they and their other customers shouldn’t have to subsidize rooftop solar power, through net metering. But we’re subsidizing SCE&G and Duke Energy through tax credits, eminent domain, other benefits.
The SC death penalty is applied disproportionately to black defendants accused of crimes involving white victims - just like lynchings of black SC boys and men who were killed by SC mobs up through 1947.
USC’s public safety professionals work to promote safety and security on the Columbia campus, and the college is stepping up safety training for everyone. Colleges are not immune to the violence public schools have experienced.
SC teachers are underpaid and schools underfunded just like in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, so don’t be surprised if we have a walkout here too. The teacher shortage makes it tougher to fire teachers who participate.
Duke Energy is investing in solar power in South Carolina, but some legislators want to force homeowners without solar panels to subsidize those who have them. The solar cap only applies to net metering, not to installing panels.