Editorials

Editorials

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.

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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.

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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.

Gamecocks enter the stadium before Vanderbilt game

Will Muschamp leads his South Carolina Gamecocks football team into Vanderbilt Stadium to face the Commodores on Saturday, September 22 in SEC play.