Editorials from elsewhere
It’s disappointing to learn that The Citadel is investigating 85 complaints of hazing dating back to the beginning of the fall semester. What is encouraging, however, is that the commandant of cadets, retired Navy Capt. Geno Paluso, is taking those complaints very seriously.
In fact, it’s the most thorough and intensive hazing investigation the school has ever conducted.
Capt. Paluso, who has only been in this job since last July, met with the entire freshman class last month after receiving initial reports of hazing on campus. He demanded that students report any and all possible violations by the following day or face potential disciplinary action.
Since then, 85 incidents have been reported.…
In the past, that system has sometimes turned a blind eye to behavior that crosses the line from tough to abusive. As such, this most recent investigation is particularly encouraging, and it should set a standard for the future.
Post & Courier
Solitary confinement, which had been used effectively as punishment and a way to control prisoners, had gone so far that it became dangerous. As Greenville News writer Tim Smith reported recently, the state Corrections Department has changed the way it places inmates in solitary confinement after years of criticism about how it had used such sanctions to discipline mentally ill prisoners. Those changes are to be commended, but they also should be reviewed periodically to ensure they are accomplishing the dual goals of protecting prisoners and our society. …
(I)nfractions will be addressed in what is a long-needed policy change by the prison system to overhaul how prisoners get solitary confinement and what they can do to earn back their privileges. The old policy was counterproductive, unfair, and, yes, dangerous. Prisoners tossed into solitary confinement for years with little human contact most surely would be unfit to make their way back into society, or even into the prison’s general population, when an outrageously long stay in solitary confinement had finally ended.
Gov. Nikki Haley’s botched end-run to put a friend in charge of South Carolina’s health and environmental protection agency must be used as a teachable moment.
It is a “how-to” manual on bad governance, with one redeeming chapter. The state Senate, thank goodness, raised so many questions and exposed so many weaknesses in the candidate that she withdrew her nomination.
The state thereby avoided having someone in charge of the Department of Health and Environmental Control whose only qualification was being a close personal friend, political ally and campaign contributor to the governor.
Food for Thought