Our View

  • PUBLISHER'S COLUMN: Newsprint tariffs won’t save U.S. jobs, will damage essential industry

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.
    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Qualities of a successful chamber of commerce

    In the days of the internet and social media, are chambers of commerce still relevant?
    Before all this instant communication, chamber membership was an almost automatic business expense. Chambers provided visibility for businesses, allowed business owners to network with other business owners, and gave business owners access to community leaders.
    All that can be done today with the stroke of a computer key. 

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Open Government – Bringing balance to economic development disclosure

    There is no debating the success of South Carolina’s diverse economic development recruiting efforts – from BMW and Boeing statewide to Conbraco, Titan Stainless and Wal-Mart locally.
    Simply, it means jobs and money raised and spent locally. Imagine what Pageland would be without any of its major employees. To fill jobs at those major employees people travel to Pageland.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Common sense and littering

    South Carolina has a reputation as having the most littered highways and byways in the country.
    Years of ant-littering efforts have not yielded desired results.
    The S.C. House of Representatives recently passed a new bill, updating existing law with suggestions based on real-life experiences and research from what other states are doing.
    Higher fines have not made a dent in litter control efforts. The new bill treats littering and illegal dumping as separate offenses with penalties to match.

  • COLUMN: Teacher of the year: Why me?

    Each year Chesterfield County teachers select a “Teacher of the Year” at their school. 

    It is a great accomplishment. It shows your peers consider you to be a teacher who has exemplified all, or most of, the characteristics of an exceptional teacher.

    When I was selected Teacher of the Year at Ruby Elementary in 2002, I wondered, “Why me?”

    I had so many mixed emotions when I got the news – humbleness, apprehension and doubt. I even tried to force myself to feel a little happiness.

  • COLUMN: Reforming utility regulations

    After much debate, the S.C. House recently repealed the controversial Base Load Review. 

    The repeal is part of the General Assembly’s ratepayer protection package. These bills reform the utility regulatory process in our state.

    The repeal of the Base Load Review act was the third bill in the ratepayer protection package. 

    Currently, SCANA-owned SCE&G adds more than 18 percent to their customers’ power bills every month as a charge for building the now-defunct VC Summer nuclear facility. 

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Going Red draws attention to heart health

    Last Friday’s “Go Red Day” was not about red wine.
    Yet when Dr. Eva Rzucidlo of McLeod Vascular Associates told a roomful of red-clad women that drinking a small glass of wine each day could have heart-health benefits, the questions quickly turned to wine.
    The women wanted to know what red wine was best? Did it have to be red wine? Could it be grape juice? Was a more expensive wine better?

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Celebrating the CCCC

    It is appropriate that a decision made in a jury room of the Chesterfield County Courthouse is having a long-term effect.
    Juries, after all, often hold someone’s future in their hands. We would like to think juries make the right, just, and long-lasting decision.
    That jury room discussion was about those in need in Chesterfield County.
    Twenty-five years later, the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council – the group formed from that jury room discussion – continues to meet the needs of those in need.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Lesson on the walk up the mountain

    How much progress have we made in the past 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis? Have we reached the mountaintop? Is the dream still alive? 

    That progress, in many ways, is simply about shoes – as in “you have not walked in my shoes.”

    It works both ways; you have not walked in MY shoes. 

    The challenge is having a conversation where we agree to agree, agree to disagree and agree on what we can work together to change.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Our goals for 2018

    February 4 marks the beginning of the year of the Brown Earth Dog – if you follow Chinese astrology.

    The dog is one of twelve Chinese astrological symbols. There are also five elements and five colors that must be considered. 

    So 2018 is the year of the Brown Earth Dog. 

    Typically, those born under the dog sign are communicative, good listeners, serious, responsible, and have a deep sense of justice. 

    The Progressive Journal values those traits.