Thirty years ago, the U.S. was winning the Cold War, but then it fell prey to the arrogance of power.
Once in a while, an individual comes along and changes our lives for the better — sometimes without our even knowing about it or even knowing his name. Such a person is Mark Robertson, who for the past 20 years has been executive director of The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina. Mark is …
The next Baxter-Patrick James Island branch is more than a library. It's a community gathering place, and a history museum.
Last week, H.R. 5173 — “To authorize the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia or its environs, and for other purposes” — was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Armed Services by U.S. Rep. Marc…
When Chief Eddie Driggers retired, Mayor Keith Summey had the brilliant idea to forego a national search and instead promote Burgess. He was a great pick. Which is why Gov. Henry McMaster last week nominated him to lead the state Department of Public Safety.
French President Emmanuel Macron recently declared that “we are experiencing the brain death of NATO.” He made this remark in support of long-standing French policy favoring a more united Europe less dependent for its security on American leadership and protection.
I had the honor of participating in the first Housing Court session held in the state of South Carolina on Oct. 2. The Housing Court’s aim is to provide legal services to indigent tenants who live in Charleston County and are facing eviction. This court was created after North Charleston was…
There are quid pro quos and then there are quid pro quos.
Keith Waring, the only City Council incumbent to survive a challenge from one of the group’s candidates, says local politicians should take heed.
Gov. Henry McMaster set some heady expectations last week for Reginald L. “Reggie” Burgess when he nominated the North Charleston police chief to be the next director of the S.C. Department of Public Safety: “Chief Burgess is one of the finest leaders our state has ever produced.”
Have you noticed? From Hong Kong to Baghdad, Paris to LaPaz, 2019 is shaping up to be, as The New York Times dubbed it, “the year of the protest.” Violent — and often deadly — anti-government protests are breaking out throughout the world in an unprecedented fashion, in rich countries as wel…
The SC Public Service Commission us charged with protecting ratepayers from abuse by the utilities that enjoy legislatively granted territorial monopolies.
“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” - Mark Twain
Sports columnist Gene Sapakoff had a good idea the other day that had a lot more to do with politics than sports: Rename Clemson’s Tillman Hall.
It’s too bad Graham’s up for reelection at the same time as the president because our senior senator keeps getting dragged into national affairs. These days, he catches grief wherever he goes — just for trying to keep his job in trying times.
For all the sound and fury surrounding climate change, there has been surprisingly little attention given to the benefits of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in reshaping the energy industry and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce believes that everyone in the region should have an opportunity to live, learn and earn. It’s a cornerstone value of the Chamber’s Guiding Policy Principles and also the One Region competitiveness strategy we share with half a dozen other organizations.
Were Archibald Rutledge alive today, I picture him hosting a dinner at his Hampton Plantation on the Santee surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest. That dinner might include Havilah Babcock, Henry Edward Davis and Charley Dickey. These fine scribes of Southern sporting life lived a…
This is the time of year that one of the rarest creatures on the planet – the North Atlantic right whale – heads south, en masse, to the Atlantic waters off our Southeast coast.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers says South Carolina should have harsher prison sentences for hate crimes. And Wendell Gilliard says, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Few events connect to the past like horse racing, and the Lowcountry should be thankful that The Post and Courier has committed to reviving the former Charleston Cup at Stono Ferry.
There are hidden costs to earning a diploma, much the same way there are hidden costs when a person buys a car or a house. Unforeseen expenses sneak up on a person and, like any big-ticket purchase, should factor into a person’s decision on where to attend college.
The latest Seton Hall Sports Poll asked American voters this question: Would you rather see your presidential candidate win the White House, or your favorite team win a World Series or Super Bowl?
In June 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate and uttered those iconic words that shook the world: “General Secretary Gorbachev … come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate … Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” They had been repeatedly…
John Tecklenburg proved he was not simply the next guy in line to be Charleston's mayor.
For a decade, the Legislature shorted SC schools hundreds of millions of dollars state law says they're due, which has especially hurt poor kids in poor districts. Critics worry that a new formula that provides funding equity could lock in the underfunding.
We are about $2 billion short of what we need to rescue Charleston from the ‘’existential’’ threat of the rising tides, but local, state and federal governments are lining up to spend $6 billion or so on ever more and wider highways. This is insane.
My dear mother saw me toss my bubble gum wrapper to the sidewalk. The next day, she handed me a large paper bag and instructed me to pick up 100 pieces of litter. It was one of those sweet “teaching moments.” I spent hours hunting for trash and my littering impulses were forever vanquished. …
The United States was founded by people seeking relief from an oppressive political and economic system. Three stunningly prescient documents — the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights — made it clear that newly minted Americans valued the pursuit of happ…
Nancy Mace is shocked — shocked — that a bunch of durn Democrats are digging into her past.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order last month aimed at protecting and improving Medicare. As the U.S. patient population ages, this order is a positive step toward ensuring increased access to high-quality anesthesia care and enabling certified registered nurse anesthetists to …
Just in time for the holiday season, moviegoers are being treated to “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as the late, great Fred Rogers. Also, HBO’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time.
The Charleston County School Board's "mission critical" initiatives may not fix local schools. But then, we'll never know for sure ...
WASHINGTON — Inside the Beltway surrounding the American capital, a single topic these days excites the elitists, politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats, journalists and intellectuals who compete to run the country.
There is widespread agreement that public education in Charleston County needs to change, and change appears to be imminent but in ways that have caught many by surprise.
Dominion Energy is making it easy for everyone to stay hot this winter.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is promoting the “Prevent Government Shutdown Act of 2019.” The goal of the act is to prevent disruptive government shutdowns.
Public school educators in South Carolina are working very hard to improve outcomes for students. And they are inundated by well-intended programs and reform efforts to “fix” our schools — in literacy, mathematics, career education, early childhood development and certainly STEM, to name jus…
When he finally delivered the long-awaited, much-debated education overhaul bill to his full committee Wednesday, Senate Education Chairman Greg Hembree acknowledged that the House-passed legislation might not be quite as epic as supporters have decribed it.
Last month, the U.S. Postal Service announced the retirement of Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. The announcement came prior to the release of the service’s 2019 financials and amid the waiting game for the agency to release its long-overdue business plan.
A recent article by The New York Times described the converging forces of media, politics, health care and history that have led to the growth of an anti-vaccine sentiment among some people in the United States. But while understanding the history of this dangerous belief is an essential com…
The Charleston mayor's race is nonpartisan for a very good reason. It needs to stay that way.
On Tuesday, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford ended his improbable campaign to win the GOP presidential nomination before even formally entering the race.
The word is exaptation. It will change the future, and it may save your life.
Uncertainty still surrounds the South Carolina music scene, particularly for the state’s performers and the businesses that play their music. Thankfully, Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has taken note and is working to fill in the gap.
White-flowered Bradford pear trees line many streets in the Eastern United States. Some think this tree is pretty, and I won’t argue that point. But have you ever smelled the flowers? They have a pungent scent, to say the least.
America, Nikki Haley wants you to know that she's ready when you are. Whenever that may be.
For the 99% of us who were not born into the “Club” and will never be allowed to join, a recent segment from the ABC daytime show “The View” demonstrated the elitism and entitlement that can affect those handed position, power and wealth.
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…
Mark Sanford will return ... whether we want him to or not.