The Index-Journal. July 7, 2022.
Editorial: Get ready for a big weekend
South Carolina Flower Festival, we thank you for all you gave us at the start of the spring and summer season in Greenwood. It was good to get out again, enjoy the topiaries, various events, gardens, wine walk/beer garden and much more.
You have prepared a lot for what awaits us in this busy weekend, which begins today.
Over this long weekend, throngs of people will flock to downtown Greenwood to enjoy the 21st incarnation of the Festival of Discovery and Greenwood Blues Cruise.
Congratulations to Paula Brooks who 22 years ago gave birth to this baby who has grown into the pretty impressive young adult he is today. And congratulations to city staff, from Angela Fain Lorenzen, who succeeded Brooks, to former city manager Charlie Barrineau, current city manager Julie Wilkie, community development manager Lara Hudson, Gibson Hill, who runs the events and is the market co-ordinator for the city, and a host of others who year after year help organize this event and have kept it so well maintained.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t also pay homage to Gary Erwin, the incredible coordinator and organizer of Blues Cruise, who has lined up the musicians since year one. Not only does Erwin bring all the musicians together and coordinate where and when they will perform, but he is also an accomplished songwriter, keyboardist and performer in his own right. He never disappoints.
So get ready now to go out today, Friday and Saturday, for great food, great music and great times. And yes, there will probably be heat. And a little rain. It’s July in South Carolina, after all, so dress appropriately, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and take breaks as needed. Don’t miss a great weekend.
Times and Democrat. July 7, 2022.
Editorial: RMC Necessity: Thrive, Not Just Survive
Orangeburg County continues to focus on development, seeking to market itself as an ideal location between Charleston and Columbia. A key part of any development plan is to show prospects that the community has quality health care.
For more than 100 years, the Regional Medical Center – and Orangeburg Hospital under various names – has anchored health care for the county in the state with the second largest area and served people from Calhoun, Bamberg and by the way. RMC is an essential regional health care facility for a large rural area, providing services beyond what is available in most rural hospitals.
Through transitions in the country’s health care system, RMC has remained viable. The challenges have been many for a public hospital (owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties) that has a disproportionate share of patients unable to pay for services. With the obligation to provide care to all comers, the RMC relied on government grants for indigent patients.
The formula today is different. The Affordable Care Act limited direct subsidies to hospitals for Medicaid expansion, giving those with program coverage to pay for care. But South Carolina never expanded its Medicaid program, which means there are no federal funds to go along with state dollars for new clients — and no RMC dollars because it provides care to people who might otherwise qualify for Medicaid.
The RMC has asked for help from the state to meet the challenges of continuing to provide care in the face of monetary losses – losses that threaten the future of the RMC. But requests for funding to tackle more than $30 million in debt gave way in the legislature to a budget clause allowing RMC and the Medical University of South Carolina to explore a partnership.
Charleston-based MUSC and the Medical University Hospital Authority, a component of MUSC, are seeking a partnership with RMC that would provide RMC with a number of resources, including clinical, educational and research programs for the purpose of to improve hospital care and financial results. The proposal was the subject of a meeting last week involving Orangeburg and Calhoun county councils and legislative delegations, the RMC board and MUSC officials. The session was a first step.
Orangeburg representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter said that upon hearing about RMC’s financial difficulties, she wanted to make sure the hospital was solvent. She sees bonding with MUSC as a way to help RMC do more than just survive.
“We are not interested in the survival of the Regional Medical Center,” she said. “What we want to do is make sure RMC thrives.”
The proposal would keep the RMC board in place for quality oversight, accreditation of medical personnel and community engagement, while financial responsibility for RMC would rest with the MUSC board. All RMC employees would remain.
MUSC CEO Dr Patrick Cawley cited the benefits RMC would see from a partnership, including better market share and pricing for medical supplies and equipment, and MUSC’s leadership and experience.
Cawley also said another big benefit is recruiting nurses and doctors. MUSC would discuss whether RMC employees should become state employees. MUSC officials say that in other partnerships with MUSC, all have agreed to become state employees.
This relationship would mean that primary care physicians at RMC would have the opportunity to join the MUSC network.
Regarding hospital debt, Cawley said RMC and MUSC will work together as MUSC has done by linking up with other hospitals in the state, including MUSC Health Florence.
The plan gets the attention of the two county councils, which appoint the members of the RMC board of directors. He seems to have the support of lawmakers. And ultimately, he should have the support of current RMC board members. It’s not a done deal, but the plan has the potential to be good for RMC’s future as a public hospital that continues to be owned by the people of Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.
Cobb-Hunter is on the right track: “We believe that given the fiscal situation and the changing healthcare landscape, we are going to have to find another way of doing business so that RMC not only survives, but prosperous. ”
Post and courier. July 5, 2022.
Editorial: Welcome SC dismissal of baseless claims of election irregularities
File this under things we never thought we’d have to say: It was heartening to see the SC Republican Party Executive Committee unanimously overturn a decision by a rogue county party, which had voted to ignore the will of the voters after those voters did ‘ In support of the candidate for Greenville County Council, local elected officials preferred.
We can’t say for sure what motivated the GOP leadership to reject Councilman Joe Dill’s bid — or gubernatorial candidate Harrison Musselwhite and attorney general candidate Lauren Martel, who have yet to win. the GOP nominations last month. It is possible that the members of the executive committee simply preferred the candidates who won the elections.
But we prefer to believe what the party said, in all three cases: that “no candidate provided credible evidence that could have quantifiably altered the outcome of the primary.” That is: simply claiming that an election was stolen – without any credible evidence or even indication – does not make it so.
If so, it marks an important step forward for party apparatchiks who were at the forefront of peddling the unsubstantiated and in many cases totally discredited claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. .
Our election results have always been disputed, some serious and some laughable. Who can forget the trial of Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore challenging George W. Bush’s 2000 victory in Florida – a victory that, too often forgotten, a team of reporters from the nation’s most respected mainstream media replicated when conducted their own recount after the fact?
But Mr. Gore, like all the other challengers who were given attention before 2020, accepted the decision of our judicial system. What sets 2020 apart is that former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters — including members of the SC Republican Party leadership — continued to insist that the 2020 election had been stolen. This is even though these claims have been dismissed in court after court, up to and including the United States Supreme Court, and including several Justices and Supreme Court Justices appointed by Mr. Trump.
While Greenville County Council winner Joey Russo stressed the importance of making sure every vote is legitimate, he also noted that “Orchestrate an effort to void (an) election because you don’t like not getting the results is just as dangerous to our elections as cheating. in an election”.
Clearly, at least in Ms. Martel’s case, the orchestration began before the vote: On the day early voting began, she sent emails suggesting voters wait and vote on primary day. – implicitly endorsing unsubstantiated suggestions that only vote the cast would then be counted correctly. This in a state where there have been no credible allegations of widespread voting irregularities, and where the legislature nevertheless revised our election law this spring to inject several new layers of security.
We used to have a term for people who make such claims: paranoid conspiracy theorists. Now too often we just call them political candidates.