Editorials

Editorials

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.

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We got lucky with Irma; we shouldn’t become complacent

A great need for patience and understanding is one of the several points taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which largely spared the Grand Strand but did damage in other parts of South Carolina and, of course, devastated Florida. When a bullet dodges us, it’s human nature to go on with our lives. At the same time, our better angels keep us aware of others who are struggling to cope with a great disaster.

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No ‘wedding cake' exception

With support from the Trump Justice Department, a Colorado baker who describes himself as a “cake artist” is arguing to the U.S. Supreme Court that he should be allowed to refuse to supply a wedding cake to a gay couple, despite a state law prohibiting discrimination by businesses on the basis of sexual orientation. He argues that his religious objection to gay marriage entitles him to protection under the First Amendment.

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The folly of paying Americans to live in harm’s way

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s hit on Texas, and with Hurricane Irma hit on Florida, let’s all acknowledge one reason for the vulnerability of Americans who live in low-lying coastal regions of the Sunbelt: The federal government has been paying people to locate there.

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NMB shelter can help even more people in need

The lack of a ramp for veterans using wheelchairs and walkers had been a concern of Dana Black, founder and director of the North Strand Housing Shelter. Now, thanks to volunteers from Living Water Baptist Church and a grant from American Legion Auxiliary Post 186, residents of the veterans center at the shelter no longer negotiate three steps.

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President Trump, offshore drilling is not welcome here

Offshore oil drilling and exploration is overwhelmingly opposed along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, including off South Carolina, and the opposition has become increasingly bipartisan. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster joined fellow Republican governors of Maryland and New Jersey and Democratic governors of North Carolina and Delaware in opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to expand drilling and testing.

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The 48th Annual Bluegrass Festival is being held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center over Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 23-25. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Dozens of acts take the stage during the event while enthusiasts join jam sessions in an adjoining room. General admission is $40 per adult, and $20 for Children age 7-15. Children under 7 are free.
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