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Opinions from around South Carolina: Tillman Hall, board of regents, state workers

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. gmelendez@thestate.com

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Tillman Hall

By any measure last week’s debate and open forum on the Clemson University campus on whether Tillman Hall should be renamed was a huge success. …

Tuesday night’s open forum proved that Clemson students and supporters could argue their views on Tillman Hall in a way that showed respect for opposing views and reflected well on the university.

The only shortcoming of last week’s debate and open forum on the name of Tillman Hall is this: Noticeably absent from the audience were Clemson’s top leaders or their official representatives. …

The debate over the name of Tillman Hall isn’t over despite declarations that it is. Clemson’s president and board should directly engage those who want change and are not going to disappear on this matter.

Greenvill News

Board of regents

The problems that beset South Carolina State University clearly show the need for greater oversight that a strong board of regents could provide for higher education in this state.

The current oversight body, the state Commission on Higher Education, doesn’t really have the authority to do the job.

The CHE’s role has been largely limited by the state Legislature by law and in practice. Why punish the CHE by abolishing it out of hand?

That’s what the state House of Representatives voted to do last week, presumably to spur the creation of a board of regents that would provide a greater measure of central governance for South Carolina’s public colleges and universities.

We’ll believe it when we see it. The Legislature has been anything but expeditious when considering reform measures in recent years.

Post and Courier

Charleston

State workers

S.C. lawmakers probably are justified in voting to spend $300,000 on a study to determine if state employees’ salaries are too low. But they shouldn’t waste the money if the study will just end up on a shelf collecting dust.

The House has approved funding for a comprehensive study of employee’s salaries. It would be the first such study in 20 years.

Even without a study, it appears safe to assume that many categories of state workers are underpaid, some woefully underpaid. For example, probation officers — who are required to hold a college degree — earn starting salaries of only $26,000.

Try paying off student loans on a salary like that. …

(W)ill state lawmakers have the foresight, the compassion and the guts to pay state workers what they deserve even if they have to find a new source of revenue to do it? The odds of our legislators doing the right thing instead of what they believe is the politically expedient thing are not good.

The Herald

Rock Hill

Food for Thought

▪ “No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.”

Muhammad Ali

Inspiration

▪ “I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.”

Psalm 77:1

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