Guest Editorial: Simply pick up a piece of litter

As a Game Warden with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources SCDNR, I know what a a massive, seemingly endless undertaking it is to enforce litter control. That’s why our department began working with Palmetto Pride this year to help clean up Richland County. Palmetto Prides’ slogan, Litter Trashes Everyone, rings true. The amount […]

Editorial: Protecting our freedoms

With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a […]

Guest Editorial: Duke study touts local newspapers

It is easy in these times to forget the importance of your local newspaper. It is National Newspaper Week, so take time to consider what value your local newspaper brings to your community and your life. Newspaper staffers work hard to cover what you need to know and what you want to know. Local journalists […]

Editorial: I Have Arrived

Between 1980, when I became counsel to the S.C. Press Association, and today I have given more seminars and participated in panel discussions regarding our state’s laws on open meetings and open records than I have kept count of. I have been asked to give these presentations to school boards, state boards and commissions, state, […]

Guest Editorial: Keep a Close Eye on Vet Charities

At first glance, they appear to be the noblest of causes. Their brochures feature images that tug at the heartstrings – perhaps a uniformed man in a wheelchair, or a tearful widow accepting a folded U.S. flag. They use patriotic-sounding names like “Honor America’s Veterans” or “Salute our Soldiers.” But too often, so-called “charities” purporting […]

Guest Editorial: The Game Belongs to Them

We all want to win. We want to be the best that we can be.  We also want our children to win, in life and in sports! Unfortunately, in most sports, only one team can win.  And also, unfortunately, sometimes parents can want the winning just a little too much. It is healthy to root […]

Guest Editorial: Serving the “Last, Best Hope”

My dad was born one of ten children.  He was raised primarily by his mother, who frequently acted as a single parent during the extended absences of his somewhat unreliable father.  He grew up in a poor family in one of the poorest rural areas of Alabama, dropping out of school as a teenager and […]

Guest Editorial: Advantages of Multi-Age Grouping

The Barclay School is a small, private, non-profit school in Ridgeway for K-12 special needs students. At our school, not only are we proud of our differences, but we are proud to do things differently. Our students “show” us what they have learned through projects and reports. We move at the pace of the individualized […]

Guest Editorial: E-Capital’s Crickentree plan is not legally binding

Following the Feb. 7 meeting at Doko Manor with Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, Crickentree neighbors, residents of other golf courses and E-Capital representatives, I met with Geo Price, Richland County Zoning Administrator and Deputy Director of Planning. He informed me that the presentations by E-Capital which featured a reduced number of housing units (247) […]

Guest Editorial: Why I Support Education Bill 3759

It’s not too often that being the youngest member of General Assembly gives me insights that my colleagues lack, but as the Legislature begins to work on education reform, being the youngest member gives me a unique perspective on this important undertaking. As I have seen firsthand many of the changes our school systems have […]