Just as Reconstruction held the promise of equal opportunity and full citizenship for all citizens of the United States, so too did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 hold the same promise. Both periods were followed by brief civil and social gains of our oppressed citizens, only to be thwarted by…

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Phasing out the federal solar tax credit would be a major mistake. It wouldn’t just reduce the affordability of solar installations for homeowners and business but would further narrow the thin profit margins installers rely on. That means putting about 3,000 jobs at risk in South Carolina, …

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It’s outrageous to think that Santee Cooper should be responsible for helping defend SCANA successor Dominion Energy in lawsuits that allege, among other things, that SCANA executives engaged in racketeering by fraudulently inflating power bills to generate unlawful proceeds. Of course, it was outrageous that Santee Cooper paid millions of dollars in bonuses to SCANA executives for the great work they were doing as the nuclear construction project was collapsing.

With rush-hour traffic getting worse and our infrastructure unable to keep up, it’s encouraging that a group of innovative Charleston area businesses are taking steps to get vehicles off the road during peak commute times.

When the government told us last week that its preliminary estimate for the growth of gross domestic product from July through September was 1.9%, the data were widely dissected and commented on for what they told us about the direction of the economy and its political implications.

If you are wearing a uniform of the armed forces of the United States, or even wearing a symbol of military service such as a lapel pin or vet hat, you may hear these words usually spoken by well-meaning citizens: “Thank you for your service.”

The “great man” approach to planning for the International African American Museum prescribed in the op-ed by U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn would fall far short of professional standards for the “whole story” approach to African American history and culture advocated by Citizens Want Excellence…

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Part-time boards oversee much of state government — from the Transportation Commission and DHEC board to the State Board of Barber Examiners and the Governor’s Mansion and Lace House Commission — and around 1,000 of the 6,600 positions on volunteer boards are vacant. SC Women in Leadership is trying to change that.

On Oct. 25, Charleston marked an important milestone by breaking ground for the International African American Museum. It grabbed the attention of the nation and world. Thousands of people from near and far attended and watched the festivities via live-streamed video.

Family engagement that is more than lip service — that really works — is finally getting close attention from the Charleston County public school system in its decades-long struggle to close the gap that puts thousands of mostly poor and black students far behind white students in academic p…

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Thank Gov. Henry McMaster. Thank S.C. Transportation Director Christy Hall. But most of all, thank yourselves: No whole trees will be removed along a scenic 6.5-mile stretch of S.C. Highway 61 in Dorchester County. The 55 mph speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph, and the proposed 4-foot pav…

I am grateful to have been one of 40 citizens accepted into Charleston Water System’s inaugural Citizens Water Academy, a six-course class in which we were taught about how Charleston’s 60 million gallons of water and over 20 million gallons of wastewater are processed each day.

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Doing away with fill-and-build home construction in Charleston is aimed at reducing flooding, both in the immediate area and within a particular watershed. But fill-and-build is just part of a bigger problem. The city needs to find ways to reject the entire cookie-cutter, slab-on-grade model…

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s a time to celebrate freedom’s victory over communist tyranny. It’s also the best time to ask: Do Americans still oppose communism?

Businesses come and go, but South Carolina’s almost comically antiquated business license tax endures. It’s a tax no one would design today, but one that still endures because local governments are unwilling to give up the revenue. Now, after nearly 150 years of this ever-more-byzantine tax,…

The Charleston County School Board is considering a lot of big changes that it hopes will improve underperforming schools and provide the best education possible to all students. Some of those changes will be difficult to adjust to, but in the end will be for the best. Some have more downsid…

Mark Hamill, better known as Luke Skywalker, basically endorsed South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison in a Tuesday afternoon tweet … while throwing some fairly serious shade at our senior senator.

Several important legal authorities for government access to the private information of Americans enacted in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks expire this year. Congress should find time amid the impeachment drama to take a hard look at how these authorities have been used an…

Untold numbers of tourists go home with a palmetto rose or two — a distinctive memento of their visits to  Charleston. And you could likely find a bud vase with a handful of the handmade flowers in the powder room of houses throughout the Lowcountry, too. After all, they reflect the local sw…

It is quite clear from Thursday’s almost party-line vote that the impeachment proceedings of the House of Representatives are going to be a largely partisan affair. No Republicans voted for the impeachment resolution and the two Democratic no votes can be explained by voter preferences in those districts.

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