Our view: Give JDLH time, but keep watch

There is no denying that the John de la Howe agency in McCormick County has been plagued by troubles of late. The historic school that has righted the paths of many at-risk youths fell victim to misma ...

Moderate tax hike not unreasonable

South Carolina needs money for road repairs, and raising the state tax on gasoline is the obvious and fairest way to get it. But without leadership from Gov. Henry McMaster, it looks as if lawmakers a ...

On deserved awards and helping others

Way to go, Betty Jo Hall, and a thumbs up to you for being named the S.C. Association of School Administrators’ 2017 Personnel Administrator of the Year. Hall has been a mainstay in the Abbevill ...

Readers can provide balance of opinion

A few readers have expressed their displeasure with the viewpoints on this page. Most have been aimed at the various syndicated columnists and cartoonists, some at the newspaper’s editorials. We ...

When kindness evokes kindness

Every so often -- OK, really more often than many of us think because of our human tendencies -- a heart-warming story comes along and helps reinstate our faith in Mankind. One such story took place i ...

Is democracy killing itself?

Conservative activist Milo Yiannopoulos, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, was slated to speak Feb. 1 at the University of California, Berkeley, at the request of a campus Republican group. ...

Public information belongs to public

Two of the first bills on the S.C. Legislature’s agenda this session would strengthen the people’s access to public information. Let’s hope they fare better than similar bills, which ...

On major research, public information

Fresh on the heels of Clemson University claiming a national championship, the doors opened to a new research facility where human genetics research will be championed. A project years in the making h ...

'What, me worry?' Maybe we should

Some readers from the baby boomer generation were fans of Mad magazine -- or, at least, are familiar with it -- and its central character, Alfred E. Neuman, and his signature phrase of “What, me ...

Calls for decorum begin with board

Decorum is good. Decorum belongs in public meetings, such as city and county council meetings, and school board meetings. Sometimes it is difficult to maintain decorum, especially when a sizable group ...

Background checks absolutely warranted

Could there be any good outcome from making it easier for seriously mentally ill citizens to buy guns? The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives apparently thinks so, voting 235-180 along party ...

Looking beyond all that is bad in world

Sometimes it does us all a world of good to reflect on what is good in our world, our neck of the woods, as the saying goes. A glance at headlines from the past few days’ newspapers provides suc ...

Remembering education's a gift

School is where our children spend the majority of their days, and it is horrifying to learn our loved ones are put in harm’s way because of violence in school halls. In the wake of the shooting ...

Getting on the road to fixing SC's roads

Finally. Well, we can hope so. The state House quit kicking the can down the road and got down to the business of addressing our state’s roads issue, offering a bill that would pump $600 million ...

Addressing behavior can break the cycle

Most readers are probably familiar with the phrase “The family that prays together stays together.” What they might not be as familiar with are the phrases that mimic that one by changing ...

Are you ready for distraction?

It’s Sunday, so don’t forget to say a prayer for Arnold Schwarzenegger today. During the National Day of Prayer gathering in Washington last week, President Trump asked for prayers for Arn ...

On sharing views, food and kindness

Dangerous, we know, but we’re giving a thumbs up to the protesters who were making their voices heard, their messages seen in addressing President Donald Trump’s immigration order. Now, be ...

Paving the way to safer roads

South Carolina has the highest highway fatality rate in the nation and some of its worst roads. It’s only logical that the state Department of Transportation turns its focus to the rural roads o ...

Compromise needed on immigration ban

Give President Donald Trump his due. He outlined many a campaign promise and he’s been working on them straight out of the gate. Tuesday’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the U.S. Supre ...