Thursday’s editorial uses the plight of Princeville, N.C., to illustrate the usefulness of the municipal oversight bill that South Carolina is lacking:
Stop us if this sounds familiar:
A small but historic Carolina town with deep roots in black history and a proud tradition of overcoming the odds finds itself mired in a nasty cycle of incompetent or corrupt leadership. Its debts vastly outweigh its income. Its finances are a shambles, with residents and outside officials alike asking where the money went. Town leaders bicker, argue and take each other to court rather than discuss problems like grown-ups.
The town’s current political leaders, facing hard questions about dubious expenses, have responded with claims of “witchcraft” and enemies “raised by the devil.” And residents watching events unfold are left shaking their heads at the mismanagement and negligence that has brought their hometown so low.