Today's Opinions

  • A round of applause

    We frequently use this space to talk about the Freedom of Information Act, especially when local bodies fail to abide by the law that reinforces the public’s right to know. It only seems fair then that when elected officials go out of their way to make sure the letter of the FOIA is followed, we acknowledge and applaud their efforts.

  • What we can afford
  • More Sunshine

    Last week we had an annual observance of open government and the people's right to know what their elected leaders are doing on their behalf in South Carolina known as “Sunshine Week.” It is so called because we all want and deserve to have public business done in public, out in the sunshine for all to see. Unfortunately, at least one local government has made an active effort to draw the shades closed and wall itself off from the warm glow of sunshine and public scrutiny.

  • Rules and consistency

    We don’t expect elected officials to be perfect. Like the people they represent, office holders are human, they are fallible and they make mistakes. What we do expect of them is consistency and adherence to rules…two tenants that have been lacking in the City of Chester’s search for a new administrator.

  • Fuzzy memories

    In the course of normal day-to-day life, things can almost become a blur. If you travel as part of your job, you may not remember what city you were in three Thursdays ago.

    If you frequently deal with the public as part of your profession, it’s doubtful you remember exactly who you talked to or sold something to on Nov. 9, 2012, off the top of your head.

  • Yes*

    When it comes to personal finances, we all have to strike the best balance we can between saving and planning for the future while also addressing our pressing, immediate needs. With this Tuesday’s bond referendum, the Chester County School District is doing the same thing.

  • FOR THE DOMINION DEAL...Building a better future for S.C.

    The proposed partnership between South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) and its parent company, SCANA, with Dominion Energy would benefit all South Carolinians. Once approved, the combination of the two companies would provide rate relief for customers, help community organizations and protect thousands of jobs in the Palmetto State.

    This is very good news for families and communities served by SCE&G, who have seen electric rates dramatically increase in recent years because of the unfinished nuclear power facility at V.C. Summer.

  • AGAINST THE DOMINION DEAL...Dominion's "Payday loan"

    “You are being offered a Pay-Day-Loan! You will get a $1,000 check today…but the only catch is that you will have to make payments over the next 20 years…totaling $4-5,000.” Do you take the deal?

    As your senator, I beg you. When you see something that looks “too good to be true;” it usually is! Make sure you read the fine print!