Over the past few months, the city of Denmark’s water system has been maligned and criticized with charges ranging from occasional discolored water from the tap to the entire water supply being unsafe for consumption. The facts reveal a much different picture, and the city’s proactive approa…
In the past year, nearly 150 local government agencies, police departments and hospitals have fallen victim to a ransomware attack. In fact, in just the last six weeks alone, cyber criminals have successfully infiltrated the city of Cornelia, Georgia; the North Carolina State Bar Association…
Historian Nic Butler's Charleston Time Machine shows just how far the mayor's job has come in 236 years. Which, in some ways, isn't that far.
Residential property taxes, a reader told me this week, “have the capacity to destroy families and communities in one fell swoop” because they “are based on what you could sell the house for, but you have not yet realized that gain.” It's a favorite complaint, but it's no longer true, thanks to Act 388, which stripped the fairness from the SC property tax system.
Everyone in the state of South Carolina remembers their first fair experience, witnessing the pure bliss of children running back and forth as their excitement radiates from every aspect of their being.
When the Lowcountry Livability PAC made its endorsements for Charleston City Council a few weeks back, West Ashley incumbents didn’t fare so well. In fact, the group suggested kicking four of them to the curb.
Replacing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to lead the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is hardly a show of strength for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. After all, it was Schiff who stated l…
U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham is now just one of a handful of Democrats who has not formally announced his support for the presidential impeachment inquiry. I understand his hesitancy. He is in a highly competitive district that was gerrymandered in a dishonest way to give the Republican Party an…
The South Carolina Department of Transportation is proposing to widen the road and shoulders of Ashley River Road in a portion of Dorchester County. Many have responded. For 35 years, I served as urban forester for the city of Charleston and would like to contribute another perspective.
On this World Food Day, I am reminded of the more than 821 million people around the world experiencing severe food insecurity and malnutrition. As a father, I cannot help but think of the millions of children suffering from preventable yet irreversible physical and cognitive deficiencies, s…
Dorchester County famously has some pretty cheap, and pretty loud, residents. They suggest better parks and libraries will lead to poorer roads, which is just not true. They argue the “better life” is not having new amenities. How do you figure?
In recent years, we have all heard horror stories about high schoolers getting hooked on e-cigarettes. All the data and anecdotal evidence points to the vaping epidemic growing rapidly among teens.
Mount Pleasant, this Jim Owens mess is a wake-up call.
An apparent litmus test has appeared among the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls: abolishing the Electoral College.
A national ranking shows South Carolina homeowners pay the 6th-lowest property taxes in the nation, a fact that provides useful context as the Legislature attempts to adopt a new funding formula for schools, and school advocates push for the repeal of Act 388's exemption on school operating taxes for owner-occupied houses.
Joe Cunningham just doesn’t get it. The 1st District congressman is still “withholding judgment” on whether President Trump should be impeached for asking Ukraine to investigate his most formidable political rival.
South Carolina Highway 61 makes me want to sing, but I don’t want to sing the blues!
The state Department of Transportation shouldn’t be surprised about all this flak over its plans to “improve” Highway 61.
At the very least, you’d think Jaime Harrison would send Lindsey Graham a thank-you note.
It’s unfathomable that we are on the cusp of a mayoral election and have yet to break ground on reconstruction of the Low Battery. But 30 days before the Nov. 5 vote, that is exactly where we are.
Imagine the Legislature passed a law that said USC can only recruit football players who are South Carolinians, but Clemson can still recruit from across the country.
Imagine that the federal government received all the revenue it will receive for the year in a lump sum on Jan. 1, and then proceeded to spend that money at a constant rate. If the federal government’s budget were balanced, the money would last until the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31. But be…
Millennials in the United States are privileged to have grown up in a world unafraid of pandemics. As an early millennial, I have never encountered actual cases of frightening and debilitating diseases such as polio, diphtheria, measles and tetanus. Up until recently, I had also never encoun…
It only took one accident on Johns Island to paralyze much of Charleston in gridlock for nine hours this week.
The issue of surprise medical billing has become an increasingly important issue for our lawmakers in Washington, but that wouldn’t surprise many patients in South Carolina who already understand its ramifications and have experienced the overall shortcomings of the U.S. health care reimburs…
Summer officially came to a close last week with the first day of fall. Americans are starting to enjoy the season’s most beloved activities like college football, tailgating, visiting pumpkin patches and admiring the fall foliage once again. South Carolina may be well-known for its summerti…
Harris Street, where Wendell Gilliard remembers the vegetable man hawking produce every morning of his childhood, is the same street where, two weeks ago, a young man was murdered. That crime and others like it are the only way most people know the East Side these days, and Gilliard wants to change that.
Our national debate over the unaffordability of health care is bringing “Medicare for All” back to the forefront, especially in the Democratic Party’s primary debates. There is a split between the candidates on whether Medicare for All or retooling the Affordable Care Act will solve the prob…
We have moved with urgent diligence to build the new Medal of Honor museum here in South Carolina. Our community was selected as the designated site by Congress in 1999.
The first time they met, Joe Whitfield was selling crack on Felix Street and Dan Riccio was a cop.
Few roads in the United States possess the historic resources, scenic qualities and cultural value of Ashley River Road, also known as S.C. Highway 61. Any plans to improve safety along this corridor should be tailored to preserving its unique character.
The SC Legislature loves to prohibit cities and counties from protecting their communities, with such laws as the the pig-farm-ban ban and the billboard-ban ban and an indoor-smoking-ban ban. And of course the gun-ban ban. Or, more accurately, the ban on cities and counties imposing even the most modest restrictions on guns.
Charleston City Council will consider an application for a planned unit development that would rework most of the Citadel Mall property, which has twice as much acreage dedicated to parking as it does to retail space.
Some South Carolina congressmen have a point: Democrats could have launched their inquiry into an intelligence agent’s whistleblower complaint about Trump without using the term “impeachment.” And probably should have. The right thing to do in a situation like this is to gather all the facts, and then decide what to do. As congressman Joe Cunningham suggested.
Hurricane Dorian’s visit was neither a surprise nor a wake-up call for Charleston.
The U.S. Department of Labor secured a huge win for America’s workforce this week by delivering overtime eligibility to more than 1.2 million additional workers. Specifically, the Trump administration updated the regulations determining which workers are automatically eligible for overtime p…
South Carolina’s senior senator has been getting trolled mercilessly this week on social media — and the media in general — for his apparently, uh, evolving views on impeachment.
Charlie Cook is a well-respected analyst whose Cook Political Report is a must-read for campaign pros on both sides of the aisle. And his take on the released transcript of Donald Trump’s Ukranian phone call?
A sweeping and unprecedented report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the state of the world’s oceans confirms ocean waters are getting warmer, sea levels are rising and many animal species are at risk.
Freedom is a matter of perspective, since the state allows the misguided and misinformed to freely expose everyone else to highly contagious, infectious diseases.
The problem is too big, the solutions too imperfect, and the timing, even if everything got fixed in a decade, is too late.
The general Democratic Party consensus is to forbid the sale, manufacture and import of "assault weapons," with the federal government offering to buy back those already in existence. But O'Rourke is not willing to stop there.
As three long-standing, volunteer members of the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, we are resigning immediately due to deceitful forces that have taken control of the public broadcasting network we love, threatening to undo years of hard work.
The East Cooper Republican Club hosted a forum for Mount Pleasant Town Council candidates last week and, judging by the questions and answers, neither residents nor their future leaders see that bus coming.
Our shared vision is of a unique, Lowcountry coastal suburban town with a high quality of life.
From the second-floor bedroom of No. 38-D, Treasure Island spread out for acres and acres before young Maurice Washington.
Do we really even need school boards? It’s not a question that’s come up in the Legislature, where lawmakers seem to just assume that of course we need school boards. After all, we’ve always had them.
North Charleston police arrested Esaurolo Lopez-Cano in April after he was accused of punching a woman in the face, dragging her by the hair and threatening to kill her.
"If you are a Republican in South Carolina, you should be more than bothered by the state Republican Party Executive Committee’s decision to cancel the South Carolina primary."
South Carolina quickly is emerging as one of the true innovators in the nation. Now it’s time for Congress to step up to do its part.