• No interference

    There is an old saying that “a camel is a horse designed by a committee” which is a funny way of saying that too much conflicting input into any situation tends to mess things up.

  • Careful what you wish for

    Public officials should never vote on matters that present a possible conflict of interests. They should also never invite the public to challenge them legally once they've done so, but both happened on Monday night at Chester City Council.

  • Written rules

    Sixth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Candice Lively said something recently during the course of a trial we covered that stuck with us. She noted that the truth doesn’t change, but a lie often does. Her point, obviously, is that it is easy to remember things as they actually happened and relay them to someone, whereas a story you concoct in your mind, one not based on actual events, is not. We think that general theory has applications outside the courtroom.

  • Time for action on zoning

    In the midst of the confusion and arguments over a proposed zoning special exception in the City of Chester, we think an important point was missed.

  • 13,000 reasons

    Recently, we’ve taken a great deal of time to discuss the state’s Freedom of Information Act, particularly as it pertains to executive sessions. Proof of the matter’s importance played out in a nearby courtroom recently.

  • Getting smaller, Part II
  • Getting smaller?

    There is an old saying that too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the soup. The implication, obviously, is that more isn't always better. Sometimes, having more people offer more input does not improve the end result. Each cook can be expertly trained and very successful on their own, but when paired with eight other cooks, there can be arguments about ingredients and cook time...maybe egos and personalities start to clash and end up getting in the way.

  • Never too late

    It’s always the right time to do the right thing.

    We’ve talked a lot lately about the Freedom of Information Act and the importance of having local government entities abide it. We don’t do that to be nitpicky or make anyone look bad, we just think it is important for those who make the rules we must all follow in our day-to-day lives, follow the rules set for them. Not doing so opens their decisions and votes up to legal challenges, but it also means they are breaking the law while acting in your name and on your behalf.

  • Old habits...

    According to the well-worn and frequently used saying, old habits die hard. In South Carolina, where delegation of power is concerned, that is especially true.

  • On second thought...

    A few weeks ago, we used this space to say that, generally speaking, we supported the idea of having Chester City Council bring in some members of the public with a law enforcement background to review applications for the vacant police chief position. After hearing more details of how that arrangement will work and given a bit of reflection, we have developed some misgivings.