Americans like to be known for our can-do spirit. We view ourselves as optimists who can figure out a way around any obstacle.
Deficits that arise from tax cuts aren’t as bad as those that come from spending increases.
If there is one thing you learn about at Oberlin College, the notoriously progressive liberal arts college, it is surely privilege: white privilege, hetero privilege, gender privilege, you name it.
Here on our coast in South Carolina, we know how important it is to fight for the future of our beaches and do what we must to protect them. That is why a proposal by a Texas-based exploration company to conduct seismic blasting off our coast, as a precursor to offshore drilling, is of such …
The S.C. Legislature continues to ignore the best available scientific information and the recommendations of natural resource management professionals when setting seasons and bag limits for wild turkeys, the South Carolina state wild game bird. This was done despite the fact that wild turk…
With 10 Democratic presidential candidates and five debate moderators on each of two nights, June 26 and 27, each contender will get only a few minutes of talk time (accounting for question time, introductions and closing remarks). Viewers may not get much time to figure out the policy diffe…
Many people recently made fun of a photo posted on Twitter taken in a prosperous neighborhood in Washington. In front of a house were signs supporting various progressive causes, and one declaring that “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” Beside these was a sign op…
It’s been a tough few weeks for amateur history. First, journalist Naomi Wolf discovered on live radio that she had misinterpreted key historical terms in her new book, “Outrage,” leading her to draw the wrong conclusions.
As President Trump’s trade talks with our major partners sway back and forth in the news, free-market onlookers remain hopeful the negotiations will usher in a new day of more free and fair trade across the board, with the elimination or serious reduction in the amount of tariffs, quotas and…
When I was a kid, my dad half-joked that the Roman Empire fell because the Romans used lead to make their pipes, thus poisoning their drinking water supply. Even at age 7, I found that one hard to believe.
We’d never be able to match that extraterrestrial color: Dad’s lawn would always be the pinnacle, and he’d forever bemoan the sight of our weedy plots.
Given the geopolitical climate, it’s not surprising to be faced with a very ugly summer in the Arabian Gulf.
With Hong Kong on the verge of experiencing a traumatic or at least transformative event on its streets, it’s worth revisiting what its history has meant for liberalism.
When the fire is roaring, you don’t pour on the gasoline. Someone forgot to mention this to Charleston’s Tourism-Industrial Complex.
It’s a notional question, a simplistic proposition really, but one that engages our deeper thinking about the reflective lessons of the past, and the gambles of the future.
In our politics as in our daily lives, we live on a spectrum of forgiveness so wide that it’s hard to stretch the meaning of the word to cover it all.
If the near future resembles the immediate past, which it often does, the Democratic nominee in 2020 will be, as the Republican nominee was in 2016, the person favored by the party faction for whom government is more a practical than an ideological concern.
Suspicion is now hardening that Iran was behind the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday morning.
No aerospace and defense company has bet bigger on the benefits of scale than United Technologies Corp. Its latest megadeal with Raytheon Co. should be a wake-up call to its rivals.
In politics, Donald Trump has a couple of superpowers.
For better or worse, Biden has cast his lot on the side of the radical left on the abortion issue.
Part of the United States’ awakening to the complex challenges posed by a rising China is the realization that America’s economic vulnerabilities are also national security vulnerabilities. And it’s not just about trade.
Without the investigative powers of Congress, the checks and balances of the Constitution intrinsic for a democracy would be meaningless.
President Trump’s critics rushed to judgment over the weekend to deride his immigration deal with Mexico. It turns out that was more because of dislike for him than fact.
While numerous issues will be discussed, one should rise to the top due to its extreme importance to our state — offshore drilling.
It’s always been easy to prophesy Hong Kong’s doom. Ever since Britain handed over the bustling colonial entrepôt to Beijing in 1997, prognosticators and politicos of all stripes warned of its inexorable decline.
Black voters are a crucial swing vote. Victory or defeat at the polls turns on whether we show up to the polls or stay home.
If Alabama is trying to become the worst state in America for women, its strategy is strong.
Predict catastrophe no later than 10 years hence but no sooner than five years away — soon enough to terrify people but distant enough that they will not remember that you were wrong.
What it all comes down to is that there are just too many candidates, which makes the debates more important than ever, yet less likely than ever to actually help primary voters figure out who to vote for.
When you tell people who know little of our criminal justice system about civil asset forfeiture, they often don’t believe you.
Is there still a crisis in Venezuela? Judging from President Donald Trump, you wouldn’t think so. Back in January, the president and his top aides were seized with the cause of ousting the corrupt and autocratic regime in Caracas. The White House delivered what it thought would be a decisive…
Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern. “If you’re already freaked out by the privacy implications of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo,” says Gizmodo, “we have some bad news.” A headline in …
Innovation is the buzzword of the moment. You hear it everywhere: in industry, in education, in almost every Ted Talk. Innovation, most everyone agrees, is the key to the future.
It seems lately that a lot of folks have strong opinions about what Mount Pleasant Town Council should be doing or not doing, depending on the social media platform you are on. I thought I would take a moment to at least try and give a council member’s perspective.
The future of the tech industry was once decided by messianic entrepreneurs (assisted by venture capitalists and assorted Silicon Valley boosters) pumping out their sermons to rapt crowds in cavernous arenas. Today it’s the fustier crew of competition regulators and policy wonks — more commo…
What changed over a weekend?
It’s amazing that members of Congress are still called lawmakers. With all the media appearances and partisan bickering, who has the time to make law? For that, Congress has subcontracted the job out to employees in the executive branch. Sure, it goes against everything “Schoolhouse Rock” ta…
The ongoing news regarding vaccinations, or lack thereof, for children has been eye-opening and depressing. As a child of the 1950s and ’60s, my parents ensured all appropriate and available vaccinations were administered to protect their children. Whether it was protection against measles, …
The folks on Mount Pleasant Town Council may bicker now and then but there are some truths that transcend even political rivalry.
Elmo Cook was one of the last people in town to hear about D-Day.
The intellectual right is in the middle of a huge brouhaha, as some prominent right-wing commentators celebrate what they believe is the end of the “conservative consensus” around classical liberalism.
The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument.
Charleston’s bus rapid transit system will probably be the longest single line in the country — and one of the longest in the world.
It has become the most natural thing to do: get in the car, type a destination into a smartphone, and let an algorithm using GPS data show the way.
The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest.
When the Coastal Conservation League filed its lawsuit Monday seeking to block the completion of I-526, it went on at length about how Charleston County Council had broken its “contract with voters” by paying for the controversial project using money from the half-cent sales tax that voters had authorized in 2016.
The anniversary of the novel "1984" provides an opportunity to reflect on the its significance and its most valuable but sometimes overlooked lesson.
There is nothing more rewarding — or challenging — than turning a piece of Charleston’s rich history into its future.
The 74th U.S. Women’s Open championship is now history, and what a story it turned out to be.