I was writing this week about all the things the Legislature needs to do – from fixing our roads and overhauling our tax system to putting some teeth in our ethics law and reforming our judicial-selection system – when I found myself overwhelmed by the feeling that this was just too much to expect from a Legislature. Even if it were a Legislature that was in agreement that 1) those were all problems and 2) it was the Legislature’s job to solve them. Which ours isn’t.
This month, we’re administering ACT Aspire to all students in grades three through eight. For students in the 11th grade, they will take a college readiness exam and a work force readiness test: The ACT and WorkKeys.
Recent incidents involving fraternities at the University of South Carolina and Clemson University have prompted some state lawmakers to call for a clampdown on the Greek system at both schools. We take comfort in the fact that while Winthrop University has also is taking voluntary steps to prevent similar incidents, officials there have good reason to believe Winthrop is ahead of many other schools in guarding against such problems.
Sledge had other successful songs and cut a well received album in 1994, but “When a Man Loves a Woman” not only defined him but also set a standard for plaintive soulfulness that never really has been topped.
The Obama administration promised it would still be able to target the al-Qaida affiliate that has repeatedly attempted attacks on U.S. soil. This week, the government appeared to make good on its word.
Does the new version of the bill giving Congress a vote on the Iran nuclear agreement – a bill which President Barack Obama has agreed to sign – shift the constitutional balance of power when it comes to foreign agreements? At first glance, it looks as if it might: Obama initially declared that he could make an executive agreement with Iran that evaded Congress. Now he has agreed to sign a law that gives Congress the chance to review the deal before it goes into effect and block it if there are enough votes to override a presidential veto. This looks like a restraint on the president’s untrammeled executive power in foreign affairs.
More people and more development can benefit a community. But we think Rock Hill officials are correct in trying to distinguish between smart growth and unrestricted growth when it comes to apartment construction.
Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols’ trip to Idaho this week is a tribute to his accomplishments as mayor. But it also reflects positively on the efforts by the entire community to highlight the city’s efforts to combat racism and deal with its segregated past.
In 2008, Australian researchers compared children of Chinese descent who lived in Australia to children of Chinese descent in Singapore. Those who were raised in Australia spent more time outside – about 10 more hours a week – and had fewer cases of nearsightedness.
A police officer, carrying pepper spray and a gun, sees a young man trying to break into a school. The suspect begins to flee but then turns and runs toward the officer while wielding a large screwdriver.
It seems like every day there’s a new battle being fought over discrimination in the U.S. There was the Ellen Pao trial and its claims of sexual bias at Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firm, the continuing revelations of endemic racial discrimination in Ferguson, Missouri, and the so-called religious freedom law in Indiana that many believe is a thinly veiled cover for anti-gay discrimination.
THE SICKENING circumstances surrounding Walter Scott’s senseless shooting death at the hands of a North Charleston police officer should end debate about whether law enforcement personnel need to wear body cameras. They absolutely should.
After 9-11, we systematically overused military tools and underemployed two other kinds of tools – education and women’s empowerment. These work agonizingly slowly, but over time, they help change societies.
So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody’s surprise. And you know what’s coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyze the candidate, endless attempts to read significance into what she says or doesn’t say about President Barack Obama, endless thumb-sucking about her “positioning” on this or that issue.
The reluctance of the Legislature to vote on the bill involves more than just the Greenwood memorial. Some lawmakers fear it could open up a can of worms regarding Civil War monuments as well as roads, buildings and other things named after Confederate generals or segregationist politicians.
Low-income children who attended the state’s full-day 4K program as preschoolers consistently outperformed children in low-income districts who did not attend 4K on the state’s third- through sixth-grade exams for math and English language arts.
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