Editorials

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.

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.

Editorials

Renovated courthouse is impressive structure

In the end, the municipal leaders of York, the city’s merchants, residents and citizens concerned about historic preservation prevailed. They argued – and we concurred – that the courthouse is an iconic structure, 102 years old, located in the historic heart of the city, which couldn’t be replicated anywhere else.

Editorials

State should finish driver’s license fix

Mark Sanford, now a U.S. congressman, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson asking him to push back the deadline for South Carolina to comply with the Real ID law from January until next Oct. 10. The law generally would go into effect about a year after the deadline, whatever it turns out to be.

Editorials

Innocent man lived decades behind bars

We all realistically must acknowledge that our justice system is imperfect even under ideal conditions. But we can only recoil when the system is distorted – sometimes maliciously – and innocent people sacrifice huge portions of their lives behind bars.

Editorials

S.C. should approve early voting process

South Carolina doesn’t have genuine “no fault” early voting that allows voters to cast ballots before election day for any reason they choose. What the state does have is absentee voting that lets voters cast a ballot early, either in person or through the mail, for a variety of specified reasons.

Editorials

New walkway honors civil rights heroes

Plans to build a walkway in conjunction with the demolition of the old F.W. Woolworth building have been in the works for years. But the idea of using the passageway to memorialize “those who have made a significant contribution to the cause of justice and equality” in Rock Hill and York County came about more recently.

Editorials

Anti-Tillman display evokes shock, confusion

Students on Sunday were subjected to a view of 18 black nylon stockings filled with dirt and mulch suspended by rope from a tree in front of Tillman, Winthrop’s main administration building. A nearby sign read: “Tillman’s Legacy.”

Editorials

Coyotes likely to survive hunters

As an incentive to deplete the coyote population even more, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources plans to launch a program that rewards anyone who kills one of the 16 coyotes the agency tags and releases.

Editorials

York Tech facing no-win situation

Rutherford’s summation of the school’s position is a sensible one. He said Monday that York Tech deplores the Confederate flag but that legally the school cannot control the views of those groups – more than 400 in the past year – who rent from the school, which is a public entity.

Editorials

Extend terms for county council

York County voters have the power to make this advantageous change on Election Day by voting “yes” for this ballot referendum. We hope they will avail themselves of the opportunity.

Editorials

State must be ready for the next flood

If anyone wondered whether South Carolina was susceptible to flooding, no doubt should remain after major parts of the state were deluged twice in two years. The only question remaining is how residents will protect themselves from floods in the future.

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