Editorials

Editorials

Extortion claims and Horry County’s problem with transparency need to be solved — now

On the very day he was sworn in as Horry County Council chairman, Johnny Gardner denied any wrongdoing in the claims of extortion in a most unusual case under investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division. The situation has plenty of political intrigue including a leaked, unsubstantiated report of an alleged — particular emphasis, if you will — crime, and elected and appointed public officials refusing to talk on the record.

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Horry County administration oversteps in directing elected coroner

The Horry County administration sometimes acts as though the government belongs to the executive branch, not the people. That may be in part because the elected chairman and members of the Horry County Council hire the administrator, pay him well, and — this much is to the council’s credit — stay out of his way in day-to-day matters.

Editorials

Let the food trucks rolls into the Pavilion site

The disagreement on the Myrtle Beach City Council over a proposed food truck rodeo on the Pavilion site highlights a misunderstanding by some members of their overall responsibility for the public good. After council members expressed concern about food truck sales hurting brick-and-mortar restaurants, the council put off a vote until its next meeting, June 26.

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Court majority misses point on chambers of commerce, taxpayers’ dollars

Throughout the separate but equal branches of American governance, full transparency typically is a value more in policy than in practice. For every legislator, executive or jurist who may truly support open government and public access to information, many others — including bureaucrats that prefer no public scrutiny — work against transparency.

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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.

Coach K discusses Bolden’s injury immediately after regular season loss to UNC

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski discusses the knee injury to Marquis Bolden immediately after the loss to UNC in the final game of the regular season March 9, 2019.