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Our View: Pandemic showcases need for living wage in restaurant, tourism industry

Your favorite restaurant is the front line in the fight for a living wage in Charleston. With people streaming back into dining rooms faster than managers can hire workers to staff them, some of the most in-demand jobs in the city are also among the lowest-paid. If Charleston is going to rely on hospitality and […]

Our View: Dawn Staley is the conscience of South Carolina

Do Not Look Away  You want Dawn Staley in your corner. As the coach of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team, she’s one of the best in the country. She makes her players some of the best too. And Clemson football aside, she’s won more titles than your favorite in-state team. She’s certainly […]

Our View: Expand Medicaid or more people will die because they can’t afford health care

Making Poor People Suffer   South Carolina remains one of only 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid to provide health care insurance for its poorest residents. For more than a decade, the Palmetto State’s Republican governors have said, “No, thanks,” to billions in federal funds that could cover health insurance for the state’s most vulnerable. […]

Our View: Order blocking South Carolina abortion ban rejects GOP’s reactionary political games

Follow the Law  Federal judges have a way of getting in the way of Southern politicians who want to bend the law of the land to their own ends. Back in the 1960s, five federal judges from the Deep South, most appointed by a Republican president, put themselves in the eye of the civil rights […]

Our View: SC must commit to renewable energy, reject solar rate increase

Rays and Rates   The cost to produce solar energy is getting cheaper, but Dominion Energy wants to make it more expensive for normal consumers who want to add renewable solar power. The South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) must reject Dominion’s proposed solar net metering rate changes this month. It’s sad, but in recent years, […]

Our View: Pass responsible gun legislation, close the Charleston loophole

Save Lives   More than 2,000 days have passed since a white supremacist slaughtered nine people in the basement classroom at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston during a Tuesday night Bible study. Yet, our federal government has done nothing to fix the legal lapse that let a murderous racist buy the gun used to take those […]

Our View: Stand up to South Carolina’s shameful anti-transgender agenda

Don’t be Fooled   The movement for LGBTQ equality is again in jeopardy in South Carolina. Despite some progress at the national level, extremist lawmakers here at home are now working to erode support for equality. Let’s be clear: Discrimination is shameful. No ifs, ands or buts. But, some people don’t get the message. Just last […]

Our View: Give Fresh Future Farm a deal once and for all

Room to Grow   Fresh Future Farm deserves a deal to buy its land. The city of North Charleston must do everything it can to make it happen. There’s no more time for stalling or excuses. As we’ve been saying for nearly a year: Give Fresh Future Farm a clear path forward to continue its work […]

Charleston County officials need to remember they work for us

Advocate Wanted  News flash: It is actually possible to pull off a major local project without wasting millions of dollars. But in Charleston County, the concepts of transparency and common sense generally are nowhere to be found. At every turn in recent years, it seems like whatever Charleston County leaders touch winds up being more […]

Our View: Wear your mask and tell others to do the same. It’s not complicated.

Let’s Turn the Corner  Masks are just as important to preventing the spread of COVID-19 10 months into this pandemic as they were last spring. South Carolina has a long way to go before we can say we’ve rounded the turn on COVID-19. Our state political leaders have all but walked off the job to […]