Opinion

Opinion

Manly men need to take on girly jobs

Trump’s generation has watched the factory dwindle to a small sliver of the American economy. Nearly half the private-sector jobs in the 1940s and 50s were in the goods-producing sector. Today less than one in six are.

Opinion

Trump’s Taiwan charade

President-elect Donald Trump's team got themselves tied up in knots trying to defend his call with the president of Taiwan, a move that would inevitably be seen as a rebuke to China. Adviser Kellyanne Conway insisted the president-elect understood we have one president at a time and did not mean to signal any change in policy. (So was he unaware of the call's significance?) Incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus tried to downplay the misstep, calling it just a congratulatory call. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also tried to say it was no big deal (a "tempest in a teapot.") Kellyanne said the same on Sunday.

Editorials

Lockdowns are not permanent solution

S.C. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling noted in a recent interview that until he can raise staffing to a comfortable level, he has resorted to sequestering inmates in their cells so that fewer guards are necessary to oversee them. When in lockdown, prisoners spend all but an hour a day in their cells.

Opinion

Lessons from the campus attack

No system can guarantee that every newcomer will be peaceable or impervious to radical ideas. In the case of OSU suspect Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who had no known history of violence or radicalization, it seems unlikely that tighter screening procedures would have blocked him from entering the country in 2014.

Opinion

Republicans preparing fiscal extravaganza

Trump has championed a “penny” plan, under which he’d cut only 1 percent of each dollar of domestic spending. It sounds modest; it’s not. It would take domestic spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product, compared with 3.3 percent under President Ronald Reagan.

Opinion

Can NASA halt asteroids?

A meteor would not have to wipe out civilization to cause a disaster. A 1908 meteor explosion knocked down 800 square miles of trees. No one may have died, but those trees were in a remote area of Russia.

Opinion

Fixing Dodd-Frank law

In September, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced the Financial CHOICE Act, a bill that would restructure the CFPB, replacing its unaccountable director with a bipartisan five-member commission and putting its budget, currently funded by the Federal Reserve, under the control of Congress.

James Werrell

Education secretary pick is diehard voucher advocate

Vouchers and tax credits funneled to families to help pay for private school tuition are a scam. Proponents can show no evidence that private school choice programs improve educational opportunities for children, while ample evidence exists that they are harmful to public education.

Editorials

Haley should take a study break

We are not certain what type of briefings might be offered to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, who has been tapped by Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but she should take advantage of them and other advice she might receive from seasoned foreign policy professionals.

Videos

Dylann Roof confesses to Charleston shooting, explains motive

Authorities released a video Friday showing Dylann Roof confessing to the shooting death of nine people at a Charleston church last year. This is the first time since testimony in the death penalty trial, the jury got to hear his voice. The video confession was taken by the FBI at the Shelby, N.C., police department where he was being held after he was arrested.
Dylann Roof confesses to Charleston shooting, explains motive 2:54

Dylann Roof confesses to Charleston shooting, explains motive

Rock Hill holiday market draws local artisans, shoppers for 'unique' gifts 1:54

Rock Hill holiday market draws local artisans, shoppers for 'unique' gifts

Rock Hill company donates 300 bikes to Toys for Happiness 1:12

Rock Hill company donates 300 bikes to Toys for Happiness

Christmas trees donated to Rock Hill shelters with homeless children 1:51

Christmas trees donated to Rock Hill shelters with homeless children