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.
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.
While no complaints have arisen to date about South Carolina’s law, taking precautions strikes us as a smart move. Even those who might not see the non-discrimination clause as an act of fairness might be able to reconcile it as a way to avoid boycotts or adverse publicity that might hurt the state’s ability to attract business.
While Haley’s plan would raise the state gasoline tax by 10 cents, it would lower income tax rates by 2 percentage points. At the end of 10 years, when the tax cut would be fully phased in, it would cost the state $1.8 billion a year, which would come directly out of the general fund.
S.C. lawmakers probably are justified in voting to spend $300,000 on a study to determine if state employees’ salaries are too low. But they shouldn’t waste the money if the study will just end up on a shelf collecting dust.
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.
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.
Winthrop University, like other public universities in the state, has faced economic challenges in recent years stemming from the recession, dwindling financial support from the state Legislature and flat enrollment numbers. A comprehensive audit by the Legislative Audit Council seems like a reasonable way to uncover any imminent problems and find ways to address them.
The order issued this month does not appear to incite controversy. Essentially, it sets goals for the federal government, the nation’s largest energy consumer, to conserve energy, cut harmful emissions and save money.
We think the county is justified in studying all the angles of the TIF plan and weighing its options carefully. But we also believe that the only way for the county to maximize the tax benefits from the Bleachery site is to support its development.
The issue is broader than simply stopping drone flights over Carowinds. The unmanned flying objects pose a potential hazard for any large gathering, such as a sporting event in a stadium, or to people in any heavily populated area.
Energy Solutions, the landfill operator that runs the Barnwell Waste site near the Savannah River, wants to reopen the dump to customers around the nation. Not content to merely lobby state legislators, the Utah corporation now has launched a statewide media and internet blitz to persuade doubters that nuclear waste is good for the state. We hope the many opponents of this bad idea will remain steadfast in opposing any efforts to reopen the site.
While the firing of one president and the complicated search for a new one have resulted in months of frantic activity for some at Winthrop University, it is likely that students were spared any turmoil as they pursued studies, social activities and the other normal aspects of student life. And that preservation of normalcy on campus has been largely because of the leadership of Winthrop’s interim president, Debra Boyd.
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