• 10 ideas to improve higher education in S.C.



    We all know that the success of our higher education system is vital to the success of our state – both today and in the future.

    This column is not about all the good things or all the failings of our individual institutions of higher education. Let's just say we have some great institutions and some not so great institutions. At the great institutions we do some things well and some things not so well. At the not so great institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well.

  • Traditions and habits

    There's a difference between a tradition and a bad habit. One is worthy of honoring and carrying forward in perpetuity and the other is not.

  • Compromise

    Most people hail compromise as a good thing. When two entities with very different ideas on things are able to find some common ground and move an issue forward in a positive way, everyone benefits to a degree. We think that good compromise is a good thing. Sometimes going halfway on an issue, or making concessions out of obligation or to placate someone, doesn't make a situation better, though.

  • Rumors

    Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once famously noted that he could not necessarily define was constitutes hard-core pornography, but he knew it when he saw it. Likewise, there is a line between a rumor and a newsworthy fact that can be difficult to quantify.

  • The wrong path

    What's more important, arriving at the correct destination or taking the best path to get there?

  • The right hires

    Government boards and councils have a lot of important functions,with being good stewards of the tax dollars they are entrusted with spending and allocating being number one. Pretty high on the list too, though, is making big, department or management-level hires. A lot of those will be forthcoming soon.

  • What went wrong?

    We only have one question regarding the departure of Dr. Agnes Slayman as superintendent of Chester County Schools...how did things go so wrong, so quickly?

  • Legislators to public: Wait, what's this committee for again?



    A House oversight committee is seeking public input on several agencies under review, including the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB). It's hard to know if members really want input or whether they just like the appearance of inclusion in their decision-making process. Whether they do or not, they've asked for it here.

  • No more toys

    At a special called Chester County Council meeting Monday, Councilman Alex Oliphant said too many local elected leaders have a "take my toys and go home" mentality when they don't get their way. The problem, he noted, is that the toys don't belong to the people taking them home, but to Chester County residents.

  • Expecting different results

    One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. With that in mind, we think Chester City Council demonstrated a very sound mind recently.