Editorial

  Now, here’s a good idea. Instead of bad-mouthing the police, why don’t we join with them to make our communities safer. Our friends from Greenwood are having a heck of a time with violence. There are have been shots fired through the wall of an apartment, two young men shot to death, shots fired...
One of the most frustrating jobs ever must be putting together Laurens County’s budget. You take one step forward, and two steps back. Six years ago, you had a $9 million surplus. Then, the full effect of the 2008 recession hit. The SC General Assembly began using the Local Government Fund to...
Blue Hose Nation now knows The Promise pricetag, thanks to a July 10 public hearing conducted by the Laurens County Council. A couple PC people were there to do the hearing. No one was there to do any speaking. So, we must presume, everybody is OK with The Promise of PC - its new dorms on the old...
  Laurens County Public Works is going to undergo, this summer, a massive transition. Its director, Rob Russian, has become the Greenwood County Engineer. He will have a role in monitoring traffic in and out of the giant Enviva biomass, wood pellet-producing industry just across the lake from...
  We have let Shop Laurens County First go. Now, it is time for the expanded version -- THINK Laurens County First. Yes, it is important to shop here first; however, it is even more important for all of us to consider our county’s fine points before we go off criticizing and “wishin’ and hopin’”...
Amid all the confusion about zero tolerance and executive orders over the crisis  at the border, one thing is clear. At least 2000 children are still detained away from their parents in shelters across the country.  Many -- no one knows exactly how many -- are under age 5 housed in “Tender Age”...
  It wasn’t that long ago when Laurens County invested $6 million in expanding and renovating the Johnson Detention Center. It wasn’t to make it a country club; it was to make it one of the most secure facilities in the Upstate, and to provide enough beds to accommodate the Laurens County jail...
  Thank you, State Rep. Mike Pitts. Thank you for leading us through what might be a look at Laurens County 2030, or even earlier. The chairman of the Laurens County Legislative Delegation, Pitts said Thursday he has become concerned about water. Specifically, as Atlanta and Charlotte become mega-...
  “Today is a difficult day, and there will be many more ahead.” – WYFF News Director Bruce Barkley     Journalism is a small world. As with so many other professions, when one of us - or our families - hurts, we all hurt. We are hurt, and diminished in so many ways, today because of the deaths of...
Shouldn’t we just scrap the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act? What good is it, if the SC Supreme Court won’t support it? Only Justice John Few has the common sense to say that financial transparency in South Carolina is important. “It requires no elaborate analysis to apply the plain words...

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