A university is a place where students come to learn, not only about the world around them but also about themselves. Being a student-athlete provides another learning laboratory that delivers life lessons for personal growth and the betterment of communities around them.
TWO YEARS ago, Alan Wilson made the difficult decision to hand what could be the most important case of his career to another prosecutor. And not just any prosecutor but one whom he acknowledged for the first time last week that he didn’t particularly trust.
WHEN THE questions were first raised about how then-House Speaker Bobby Harrell was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds, it felt like he simply hadn’t provided enough detail on his disclosure reports — reporting a total amount he reimbursed himself for “legislative travel” in a quarter instead of itemizing that travel, for instance.
As a state senator, I took an oath to represent all of my constituents to the best of my ability. I know that politics can be divisive, and not everyone will agree with my ideas or what I think are the best solutions to keep our community moving forward. But I have a responsibility to serve all of my constituents.
At the 60th anniversary of the brave bus ride of Rosa Parks in Birmingham, Ala., some have said her case marked the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in this country. I beg to differ. While Rosa Parks deserves to be honored, there was an earlier and similar case here in South Carolina, handled by Matthew Perry and his partner, Lincoln Jenkins.
STATE HEALTH inspectors swooped in on three abortion clinics this fall, making unscheduled inspections that turned up regulatory violations and resulted in suspended licenses and fines that are still being negotiated. The most frequently mentioned violations involved paperwork problems and aborted fetuses being sterilized with steam rather than incinerated.
Yet again, South Carolina’s policymakers seem stuck in the design phase of public school policy. This latest stumble extends over two decades across at least three court decisions, variously known as the Abbeville v South Carolina case and the funding case, about equity, adequacy and quality in S.C. public schools.
A FEW DAYS before he was nearly washed away in the floods, our deacon threw out a handful of examples from a six-page list of things he was thankful for: “my wife and child … my family and friends … knowing how to hunt and fish …. For knowing how to plant a garden … to care for a lawn … to drive a boat … to back a trailer … to cook a meal. For having the ability to walk and run … to see the sunrise … to taste the sweetness of a freshly picked peach … to hear the roar of the ocean … to smell a gardenia’s bloom … to know Jesus Christ.”
ONE OF THE best ways for powerful legislators to stop being powerful legislators is to get so caught up in doing the business of the state that they forget the folks back home. I know, I know: Focusing on the business of the state is a legislator’s job, but try telling that to most voters.
THE FLOODWATERS hadn’t receded before we saw our state dividing into two camps over what lessons, if any, we should take away from the deluge and the floods. And the divisions, I fear, are hardening by the day.