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Opinions from around South Carolina: Volvo, Haley attacks, Charleston law school


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Editorials from elsewhere


It really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Volvo decided to set up shop in South Carolina.

The state is in a tremendous spot to be recruiting manufacturers, particularly with the investments officials have made in technical colleges, as well as our coastal and inland ports. …

This industrial growth was engineered decades ago by then-Gov. Ernest Hollings, who helped establish the state’s technical college system in the early 1960s. Several companies, including Volvo, have specifically pointed to the state’s technical college system as a reason for locating in the state, which they feel helps with recruitment and training of employees. This sustained growth was also certainly helped by the investments and decisions made by Dick Riley and Carroll Campbell, who served as transformational governors in decades following Hollings.

These investments made years ago are part of the linkages to why South Carolina has been so successful in industrial recruitment. Gov. Nikki Haley and Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt also deserve credit for helping to steer these industries to our state.

Aiken Standard

Haley attacks

Gov. Nikki Haley’s take-no-prisoners assault on fellow Republican lawmakers makes us wonder if she no longer cares about moving bills through the Legislature. She seems more concerned with the political optics of castigating legislators for failing to meet her demands than with working with them to pass legislation that would benefit the state and its residents. …

(I)f lawmakers can’t produce a roads bill, an ethics reform bill, a domestic violence bill or other critical legislation, Haley will deserve considerable responsibility for that failure. And unless she changes her approach, she could have the unenviable task of trying to lead an army of deserters.


Rock Hill

Law school

If anyone has a viable idea for how to resurrect the Charleston School of Law, now is the time to come forward. Saving it would be a boon for the community.

The last two board members of the Charleston School of Law told the faculty this week to expect the school to close. Permanently, barring a miracle. …

There ought to be a way for a non-profit to assume control of the college. Presumably, that would require current owners to lower any further financial expectations or forgo them altogether. (Mr. Westbrook has previously stated his support of and willingness to contribute financially to that idea.)

Saving the college as a non-profit institution could restore some of the good feeling and high hopes that accompanied the opening of this ambitious enterprise 12 years ago and helped it thrive for many years thereafter.

Post & Courier


Food for Thought

▪  “Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.”

Grover Cleveland


▪  “The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools.”

Ecclesiastes 9:17