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When we are deciding on a partner with whom to share our lives, we care about character. It’s not enough for the person to be good-looking, have a good job or be wealthy. We all know this. But lately, some have been suggesting that in politics, all that matters is that a person is willing to…
Don’t be surprised when Charleston police start towing cars off Upper King Street en masse.
One of the biggest litter problems in historic Charleston — and many other neighborhoods, for that matter — happens to be one that few discuss, probably because we know little can be done.
Joe Biden 2024 is a bad idea whose time has come.
Joe Engel died last weekend.
Donald Trump is running for president again, even if most of the Republican Party establishment would rather him just go away, please. Not so Our Henry.
Democrats have lost the House of Representatives and, along with it, the chance to pass more of their preferred policies in 2023. This makes the lame-duck period before the January arrival of the new Congress their last opportunity to fully control Capitol Hill for a while. It's also a chanc…
To say Bill Runyon was "active in the community" greatly simplifies. In his own unabashed way and with his generous heart, he was surely prominent in Charleston's legal and political worlds.
Kevin McCarthy's quest for the House speaker's gavel is a near perfect inside-the-Beltway story because it's about pure politics and personal ambition without many narrative-muddling concerns about principles, governing philosophy or policy considerations.
If you need gift ideas for any of your Lowcountry family or friends, Ben Almquist has recommendations.
To be a residential community or not to be? That is the question being asked in every community that is attractive to tourists. The more the attractiveness, the more urgent the question.
Have you noticed formerly normal people now seem intent on telling you they’re living their best life? I can remember when that would’ve been followed immediately by, “And you can, too, if you sell Amway!”
In the age of cellphones and the internet, consumers often face a simple choice: convenience or privacy? Do we let Big Tech have access to our private communications and free email accounts because it's so easy? Once you've said yes — and who among us has not? — it's not a stretch to think t…
Discussion about the Union Pier redevelopment plan has largely focused on the buildings and such to be constructed on the 40 acres of high ground and ideas such as smaller lots sizes and buildings that reflect the granular and diverse character of the city.
“If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed ... and we will deserve it.” – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, May 3, 2016
In one sense, the imminent addition of the Phillips Community to the National Register of Historic Places simply means this East Cooper community is worthy of the same federal recognition given to more than 1,400 other special places across the state.
Tourism in Charleston is always a balance between the visitor and the visited, between the quality of the visitor experience and the quality of life for residents of the visitor destination. Between those with vested economic interests in the tourism industry, and those without.
Americans are frustrated with inflation and the general direction of the country.
With the midterm elections now over, South Carolina’s members of Congress are returning to Washington with a busy schedule ahead of them.
I was recently reminded of a profound truth about the free market and the prices that sit at its center. Unfortunately, this truth is often overlooked by both critics of the market economy and by economists like myself. This simple truth is that the price system works thanks to and only beca…
Eighty years ago this week, Americans first plunked down a quarter for a ticket at their local movie house and fell in love with a love story. The affair is still going strong four generations later.
I recently learned something I hadn’t fully appreciated. Parents of Gen Zers told me their kids don’t want to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday because of our history with indigenous Americans. History has a long arc, and we have the opportunity along the way to learn and do better. With th…
Everyone has something to be thankful for this year, even if it’s just someone else’s big news.
It is well-researched and documented that gratitude, and its regular cultivation throughout one’s life, provides innumerable benefits. Gratitude is defined as many things — an emotion, a mindset, a behavior or practice and so on. It also means different things to different people.
Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. “Sparky” Schulz would have been 100 years old this Saturday. That his Peanuts comic strip is still in syndication nearly 23 years after his death is testament to our affinity to the characters: from when we feel like a loser (Charlie Brown), to crabby (Lucy Van …
The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving without football, but the game and the holiday have now become so intertwined that one almost wonders how they managed it.
In nearly every city in the United States, and many around the world, bulldozers are busy making dreams come true: Leveling land for a single-family home on a lot.
"I don’t own this job. Anybody who wants to run for it can feel free to do so,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. “I’m not in any way offended by having an opponent or having a few votes in opposition.”
After disappointing midterm election results for Republicans, many understandably pin the blame on corrosive figures such as former President Donald Trump. His losing record is impressive considering his cultlike persona appeal with MAGA voters. If Republicans finally learn to shed Trump and…
News that tens of thousands of Americans in the tech industry are receiving pink slips and other “sorry, but you are fired” notices is a sad reminder that reducing inflation comes at a high cost.
A great voice is stilled. James “Jimbo” Bohannon died of cancer of the esophagus on Nov. 12 in Seneca, S.C. Only weeks earlier, he had to resign from his “Jim Bohannon Show,” the overnight broadcast that aired on 500 radio stations, largely AM, weeknights from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
That new Berkeley County School Board sure knows how to get stuff done.
So who is Tara Wood, this new alleged power-broker on the Charleston schools scene?
I usually write about instant-runoff voting during the primary season, because the idea of letting voters rank their choices, thereby avoiding the return trip to the polls two weeks later to vote in a runoff, has traditionally been used in primary elections.
At this vital point in American history, it’s important to stop and consider where we are headed as a country and as a people. Some of the rhetoric and actions we see and hear are both damaging and dangerous. The signs of eroding democracy are everywhere. The rise in antisemitism is disturbi…
I was so intrigued by Robert Behre’s Oct. 17 column and the newspaper's strong editorial Nov. 10 in support of a park being developed in the former SCE&G lot between Meeting and King streets that I decided to investigate further.
Pundits who focused on Democratic versus Republican battles before the election missed the real story — that fairly drawn voting maps boosted turnout and elevated voter choices in places such as California, Colorado and North Carolina.
The voters have spoken, and the Beaufort County Council has a lot of work to do. On Nov. 8, four new members were voted onto the council and four were reelected. We welcome David Bartholomew, Tab Tabernik, Paula Brown and Tom Reitz to the council and look forward to working together to solve…
Protecting the health and safety of our students has always been my top priority as your state superintendent of education. Our commitment to safety begins when the school bus arrives each morning and ends when it drops students off.
The folks at Mount Pleasant Town Hall are busy today sorting through the intricacies of millage rates, bond markets and pickleball courts.
“He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear almost any ‘how,’ ” wrote philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and this midterm election suggests he was on to something.
ERETRIA, Greece — The sites of horror — the places where mass murder happened — are seared into my memory. Holocaust sites such as the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz, or Kigali, where the Hutus butchered the Tutus, or the Falls Road in Belfast, where many died over the decades of strife.
If you think we’ve all gotten a little more hateful lately, you’ll find validation in the viral response to a happy lil tweet from Daisey Beaton, a newlywed who identifies as … nice. How dare she try to spread love and light through Elon Musk’s toxic Twitterverse?
If Republicans haven't noticed it already, their underperformance in the midterms offers yet another opportunity to realize what matters most to Donald Trump.
GREENVILLE — Few South Carolinians know that red-light cameras were made illegal in the state in 2010. While the red-light camera ban may be in keeping with this state’s tendency to lean toward a “less is more” approach to the public road system, I don’t believe it’s for the better.
What used to be called conservatism in America is being replaced by right-wing politics that uses religion to legitimize itself. At the recent National Conservative Conference in Florida, the gloves came off, and this relatively new movement revealed itself fully. As NBC’s Allan Smith report…
Traffic is an inescapable problem on Johns Island. During peak travel times we have extensive backups at our signalized intersections. At almost any time of day we have collisions on our roads that too frequently result in fatalities.
Republicans have retaken control of Charleston County Council, and you know what that means …
Ukraine is in a fight for its very existence.
Few outside the media probably took note, but the city of Charleston sent out one of its stranger news releases earlier this month, one that essentially said: “Remember that property tax increase City Council passed last year? Never mind.”
- Is corroded Horry County condo an omen for the SC coast?
- Inmate wins civil case against Aiken County Sheriff's Office, detention center and Aiken County
- Planned Italian restaurant seeks parking variance from city of Charleston
- History meets modern in Charleston: Mills House completes renovation
- Tesla co-founder's battery recycling firm behind SC's potential record $3.5B investment
- Sapakoff: Clemson wins an Orange Bowl trip, and Klubnik/Gamecocks questions
- Gamecocks almost certain to land in one of three Florida bowl games
- Soaring rents pushing more Charleston thirtysomethings back into roommate living
- SC has $55 million to help homeowners with mortgage payments, property taxes and utilities
- 2 former colleagues of Alex Murdaugh fight against allegations of conspiracy to steal from client
- Photos: The Citadel and College of Charleston play each other for first time in six years
- 2022 Nutcracker Tea
- Reader photos: Lowcountry Life
- 2022 New Ellenton Christmas Parade
- Lights, Cameras, Christmas!
- Photos: Oceanside faces Abbeville in SCHSL Class AA Championship
- Photos: Investigation underway at apartment complex fire on Johns Island
- Portraits of the Past: November 2022
- Photos: Fort Dorchester beats Summerville to win the Class AAAAA Lower State Championship
- Photos: Chubby Fish draws a line for the menu lineup