Editorials from elsewhere
State incentives promised to Volvo were effectively secured with Wednesday’s support from the Joint Bond Review Committee, and who would have expected anything else? If there is one issue that South Carolina’s leadership can agree on, it’s bringing new industry and good jobs to South Carolina.
But members of the JBRC had a legitimate gripe over the way the administration handled the financing. And the House Ways and Means Committee has recommended a better way to pay for the state incentives for the Swedish automaker and its factory planned for Berkeley County.
The state would do better to use $70 million of an anticipated surplus to settle its obligations instead of borrowing the money under the administration’s plan. … That plan would unnecessarily cost the state millions in extra interest payments.
Post & Courier
In his announcement, … (U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he) will “seek the political common ground our nation so desperately needs to find,” he said Monday. Graham is a Republican to the core and he believes in his party’s principles, as he likes to say, but the greatest principle is that “our government has to function.”
How refreshing it is to find an elected official on the national stage who acknowledges the same need for compromise as our nation’s Founding Fathers recognized was critical to this nation’s ability to sustain its system of representative government.
Graham’s approach to serving in Congress has been one of finding workable solutions to problems and when necessary reaching out to colleagues across the aisle to find common ground.
Graham brings to the presidential primary a strong background in national defense and foreign policy. He is unique among the Republicans for his experience in these areas and his realistic approach to protecting our nation.
It’s clear that domestic violence is a cultural concern, an issue that warrants wider social attention and one that requires going beyond mere legislative action.
However, the state’s laws clearly needed to be strengthened through harsher penalties. This is an issue that’s thankfully gained significant attention this legislative session in part because of the extensive “Till death do us part” series by The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, which chronicled the lives of those impacted by domestic violence.
The legislature deserves praise for recognizing and reacting to this growing awareness. More can certainly be done, especially related to a greater focus on treatment programs and counseling. However, the measure passed last week is still a smart start for our state moving forward.
Food for Thought
▪ “Not failure, but low aim, is crime.”
James Russell Lowell
▪ “Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.”