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Today's Opinions

  • Totally free
  • By the book

    When there is any question about how matters should be handled, when there is uncertainty about how any matter should proceed, we think the best option is to follow applicable rules and laws. Doing things by the book makes for the smoothest, most efficient path forward.

  • Your home

    Your home and its appearance speak a lot about you. If you don’t mow your grass and let trash pile up on your porch, people make certain assumptions, whether or not those are fair and accurate.

  • Attaboys and brickbats

    Here at The News & Reporter, we strive to be even handed with the attaboys that we give and the brickbats that we throw. Such is the case with the Chester County School Board, a body that we have applauded in these pages before for their strict adherence to the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and their commitment to transparency.

    But a recent issue with the school board demonstrates that even public bodies careful about adhering to the S.C. FOIA can make a misstep, if they don't pay continual attention to the regulations.

  • Free speech

    Just because things are inherently good doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Two people can love each other with all their hearts, but they will still argue, still say the wrong thing at the wrong time and generally get on one another’s nerves occasionally. Love is one of the best of things, but it can be messy from time-to-time.

  • 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.