Editorials

Editorials

Myrtle Beach residents should have direct vote in continuing tourism sales tax

As a practical matter, continuing the 1-cent sales tax for revenue to promote tourism is all but a done deal in the City of Myrtle Beach. The City Council is set to reimpose the penny tax effective Aug. 1, 2019, for another 10 years — and at least $273 million. What should be taking place is a referendum in which registered voters decide if the TDF will be continued.

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For North Myrtle Beach, a TDF is putting tourism cart before the horse

The Horseshoe in North Myrtle Beach is a popular venue for concerts, but residents and visitors know they’ll have a walk to Ocean Boulevard and Main Street from wherever they manage to park their vehicles. For any of the many events on Main Street, from the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade to a variety of festivals, parking is problematic.

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American mass shootings: What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas

Gun violence is no longer a question of “if” because it’s no longer a question. Who. What. When. Where. How. Why. Only the why, as The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson wrote in a column on Monday, is really unknowable in this vicious cycle. Almost daily, all we have to do is change names, times and locations to discuss America’s mass shootings. Our descriptions are sad staccato statements of fact, as inevitable as the sunrise. That’s no exaggeration. Monday was the 275th day of the year, and gunviolencearchive.org lists 273 mass shootings in 2017 so far.

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To call Puerto Rico Trump’s Katrina moment is an insult to George W. Bush

It’s been nearly two weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and President Donald Trump is just now getting around to visiting the island. When he finally showed up there Tuesday, it will have been long past the time it took him to make similar appearances in Texas and Florida after the clobbering they took from Hurricane Harvey last month. To call this Trump’s Katrina moment is an insult to former President George W. Bush.

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Opioid abuse a societal problem, requires more treatment centers

Increased numbers of opioid overdose deaths are a major societal problem in Horry County, South Carolina, and across the United States. Part of the problem is the attitude of many people who view drug abuse as the fault of the abusers, those who say, “They should not have started using drugs in the first place.”

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Equifax CEO takes his $15 million and leaves

It was probably not a shocker to most people that Richard Smith is no longer CEO of the credit rating agency Equifax. After all, he had presided over a deplorable mess that could end up costing half the country millions and millions of dollars as the victims of identity theft.

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Whatever happened to the national emergency on opioid abuse?

There are 29 active national emergencies in place today in the United States. The latest is the one that President Donald Trump declared on Aug. 10: “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”

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Repeal and replace redux

Just when you thought the Republican plot to destroy the Affordable Care Act had been thwarted, Senate Republicans are angling to swing the ax again. Their new proposal is, if anything, even more draconian than their previous attempts to strip millions of Americans of health insurance coverage. Yet because the public isn’t paying close attention to the issue the way it was just a couple of months ago, this time the ACA’s opponents could actually succeed in killing the most significant expansion of health insurance coverage in a half-century.

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How Congress ducks responsibility for wars

Back in April, President Donald Trump ordered a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian military airfield, punishing the regime for a chemical weapons attack. Bashar Assad has no friends on Capitol Hill, but some lawmakers, from both parties, objected to Trump’s decision to carry out an act of war without congressional consent.

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U.S. needs tax reform, not tax cuts for the wealthy

President Donald Trump is in a big rush for Congress to approve big tax cuts, and he is using the damage left by Hurricane Irma to argue his case. One has nothing to do with the other, except for their negative impact on middle-class Floridians. The nation needs tax reform, but not tax cuts for the wealthy that would sacrifice popular tax deductions and raise the federal deficit.

Loris shooting victim's father talks about his son Charles Edward Durant II

Charles Durant talks about the shooting death of his son Charles Edward Durant II. The 20-year-old was shot and killed in Loris Tuesday night.
Jason Lee