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In the 1960s, our country issued a call to arms as it had many times since 1775. Its young men and women had never failed to heed that call. Since Bunker Hill, circumstances occurred to test our nation’s young in the art of warfighting as an obligation of duty to their country. From the Revo…

Unlike the Very Stable Genius, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg doesn’t make decisions with his gut, but with data, and the coronavirus data was scary enough to convince him there was more risk in leaving the city open for business than shutting it down.

Over the past few weeks, I have talked with thousands of South Carolinians who are learning to completely rework their lives in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. From parents having to simultaneously learn to work from home and watch over their kids’ educational activities, to restaurant an…

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My fellow teachers are amazing. All that has been accomplished in the past week makes my mind spin and makes me abundantly proud of our profession. With no time for focus groups, impact assessments, cost analyses, training sessions or bureaucratic delays, we made this transition to at-home l…

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In Monday’s White House press briefing, Ambassador Deborah Birx said millennials are the core group that will stop the spread of the coronavirus. By some estimates, millennials are the largest population in the United States. With 73 million people across a 15-year age band, there are a lot …

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For more than a decade, I’ve been writing about the isolated, the lonely, the abandoned: Those who feel that the world has no place for them. Now all of us will know something of their isolation and, in the case of people who live on their own, loneliness.

Sea level rise is not a threat, it is a reality. Marine heat waves have doubled in frequency and have become longer-lasting, more intense and more extensive. As the oceans warm, seawater expands and raises sea levels. Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, polar ice caps and glaciers are meltin…

We may not be able to choose the hurdles we face as individuals, as business owners or as a community, but we do have the ability to choose how we respond. It is possible to lessen the burden that our small businesses will face due to COVID-19. It will call for intelligence and a willingness…

Two South Carolina sheriffs have been convicted of serious crimes in the past two months, and two more are under federal and state indictments. In recent years, 12 sheriffs have been convicted and one other was exposed as an embezzler after he died. This is a terrible betrayal of our citizens.

It was still an hour before sunrise Thursday morning when thousands of people — mommas and papas, college kids on spring break — began wheeling their stuffed suitcases off the Carnival Sunshine at Charleston’s Union Pier after five days of cruising the Bahamas. By the afternoon, thousands mo…

Did you know the government can take and keep your property without charging you with a crime? Intended as a tool to take the ill-gotten gains of drug kingpins who were beyond the jurisdictional reach of the Unites States, civil asset forfeiture is now used to seize cash, vehicles, boats, ho…

South Carolina has a strong tradition of supporting our national security, and no one embodies that heritage more than Sen. Lindsey Graham. His efforts to crack down on Russia for election interference and other bad behavior are motivated by the best of intentions.

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Tori and Seth Bolt decided to seek forgiveness rather than permission when they built four luxury “treehouses” on Wadmalaw Island and illegally rented them far beyond the 72 nights per year allowed under Charleston County law.

In the spring of 1969, we reporters roamed Charleston’s tense streets wondering how the evolving hospital workers strike would end. Soon enough, a young local activist seemed ubiquitous. He was edgy, yet well-focused in his role as a helpmate to the forces gathering in support of the non-pro…

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