While the Riverside development, which received initial approval from the Rock Hill City Council Monday, looks promising, we hope some vital details are worked out before the council gives its final go-ahead.
Congress and President Obama are engaged in a needless spat over the president’s Feb. 8 request for about $1.9 billion to fight the growing danger of the Zika virus. For two months, the Republican-controlled House and Senate have not acted. Further delay will degrade preparedness for a virus that carries a greater punch than was first believed. The dispute is one that White House and legislative staff could easily resolve in an hour – and ought to get done tomorrow.
Some coastal communities have sought to reduce the number of bags that end up in the ocean or littering roadsides and beaches by banning disposable, single-use plastic bags. But those efforts would be squelched if a bill in the S.C. House passes.
A moratorium would provide a reasonable breathing space to allow the county council, members of other local governments, residents and businesses a chance to assess how much more growth the area around Lake Wylie can accommodate and to come up with reasonable ways to sustain quality of life.
Declaring that “we shouldn’t accept ugliness as the norm,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., delivered a fine speech Wednesday on the tenor of the nation’s politics, calling on political leaders as well as ordinary Americans to aspire to a more reasonable debate.
In 2008, Barack Obama bent over backward to defuse suspicions from gun owners and their chief lobbying group, the National Rifle Association. “I believe in the Second Amendment,” he assured one audience. “I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.”
As President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the country’s second-most powerful court, to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Republican leaders immediately accused the White House of playing politics. In fact, it is Republicans who are putting politics above their essential responsibilities. Garland should get confirmation hearings, and after those a straight up-or-down vote. Any political damage Republicans endure for refusing will be self-inflicted and well-deserved.