Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:
The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on appointed leaders:
In a military organization such as a state’s National Guard, it makes sense that the overall commander, the adjutant general, is appointed. That’s the case in every state except South Carolina. Here, the office of the adjutant general is one of nine on the ballot.
Gov. Nikki R. Haley earlier this month signed legislation, approved with wide support by the General Assembly, setting a public referendum in November on a constitutional amendment. If voters approve, the S.C. adjutant general will be appointed by the governor.
To the credit of House and Senate members, H.3540 was approved 105-5 in the House and 39-0 in the Senate. S.C. legislators may take a bipartisan bow - except for those five naysayers in the House. At least on this measure, bipartisanship was alive and well in the General Assembly and that surely is a good thing.
Credit also goes to Army Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston, who has worked to advance the measure through the legislature to the governor. When she signed H.3540, Haley and legislative leaders praised Livingston. “He is a great leader that has done great things for our National Guard and we wouldn’t be here today without him. To know that we will have someone of his caliber appointed, rather than having to take a chance in an election, is an extremely important step forward for the people of South Carolina,” Haley said.
Livingston was renominated last week by a wide margin over his Republican primary opponent and no Democrats sought nomination as adjutant general candidate. South Carolina has a highly ranked National Guard and voters have elected capable and qualified leaders in the past. It’s risky, however, to take a chance on the possibility of election of a candidate with no military background. (Livingston’s primary opponent, James Breazeale of Florence, is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.) Electing the adjutant general also causes stress through the organization and no military organization needs more stress than is part of the job
Even with having the gubernatorial offices elected as a team and appointing the adjutant general, the S.C. ballot will include the offices of secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general, comptroller general, state superintendent of education and commissioner of agriculture.
The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, on development:
Hilton Head Island leaders are betting big that the town’s economic development corporation can attract new businesses and younger residents to the island.