• The Dark Ages

    The most crucial element of open, honest government is daylight that lets us all see in. Unfortunately, the S.C. Supreme Court has now made it awfully easy for elected officials to draw the shades and work outside of public view.

  • Revisiting tax limits

    We noticed at a City of Chester budget workshop Monday an oft-discussed topic of municipalities and counties. An inability to raises taxes.

  • Well done

    When local governmental bodies run afoul of the state's Freedom of Information Act, we use this space to lambast them. It seems only fair, then, that we should also use this space when they go out of their way to do things the right way.

  • Forward thinking

    The City of Chester may be able to practice addition by subtraction.

  • A few words on submitted information
  • Trash(ing) Chester

    There were two separate public efforts to pick up trash off Chester County's roads on Saturday. Kudos to both Carrie Brantley who organized the "Beautify Chester" event, to the City of Chester for initiating its own clean-up effort and to all the citizens that pitched in on both. The hard work made a noticeable difference and brought awareness to something that is becoming an embarrassment.

  • Repeating ourselves

    Is it procrastination or apathy?
    As of Tuesday, interest in the upcoming election, at least locally and in terms of candidate filings, has been tepid at best. Two people have filed for county supervisor, one for probate judge, two incumbents have filed for county council and one person has filed for House District 41.

  • Sunshine Week

    We are in the midst of Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of open government and the people's right to know what their government is doing. People typically associate Sunshine Week with citizens being able to obtain information when they ask for it. We actually think that, locally, it is time to take things a step further.

  • Filing for office

    Complaining can bring attention to an issue, but it rarely solves anything. Rectifying a situation requires action.
    In a few weeks, filing will officially open for this year's elections. While U.S. Senate and House seats will be on the ball,t we are more interested right now in some local races. As of March 16, filing will open for county supervisor, three county council seats and four school board positions. We're interested to see who throws their hat in the ring.

  • Take the keys

    A 16-year-old with two wrecks and three speeding tickets on his record probably isn't going to have much luck if he asks his dad for the keys to his Porsche. That's kind of what Chester City Council did last week, but there was not a wise parental authority present with the ability to tell them "no."