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MUSC President Dr. David Cole says we must continue to do everything we can to ensure we flatten the coronavirus curve; the university currently projects that we will not fully realize the impact of our current actions for another several weeks.
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…
So, Lindsey Graham thought it would be a good idea to question the work ethic of nurses during a global pandemic.
South Carolina’s governor is among the weakest in the nation. But declare a state of emergency, and his powers become the stuff of despots’ dreams.
The Citadel finally won Charleston's permission to raze Capers Hall, but the process to get there shows the special challenges the Board of Architectural Review faces when looking at buildings on a college campus.
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.
For some fascinating reason, we just don’t like to remember pandemics. Perhaps we should start now.
For over a decade, I have had the opportunity to work for one of the oldest organizations of centrist Republicans in the United States.
I got an email from my priest late Thursday night worried about the stay-at-home ordinance the Columbia City Council had adopted a few hours earlier in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
A wedding caterer catches grief for following the orders of Gov. Henry McMaster and local officials.
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…
With the United States, like the rest of the world, now consumed with the rapid spread of COVID-19, necessary attention to public health assessments and forecasts is critical.
Beach access controversy, closed roads and short-term rentals are causing consternation on the islands.
I often kick off the semester in my undergraduate classes at the College of Charleston with a simple question: What disease are you most afraid of?
The coronavirus pandemic is less than a month old but already has changed our lives in all sorts of ways. While most of our families remain healthy, life at home has been turned upside down. Here are 10 coping strategies.
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…
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 …
Nikki Haley's resignation from the Boeing board of directors is less about ideology than political calculus.
As difficult as these days have become, with all the uncertainty and stress surrounding COVID-19, it’s perhaps comforting to take a long look back and consider how much worse things have been.
The SC Legislature's don't-blink approval of a $45 million emergency package to help DHEC fight the coronavirus is a crucial reminder of how easy it is for lawmakers to slice through the normal legislative process and make things happen before anyone even notices.
Before you pass judgment on the government’s performance dealing with COVID-19, answer this question: How’s your “go bag”?
The insidious viral invader is at our door. Our daily routines are in turmoil and our health and wealth are at stake. Let’s pray first for the doctors, nurses and technicians who will care for us — and then for the confused.
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.
One day after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, March Madness was canceled, spring training baseball got shut out and Disney World announced it would close.
The one constant I heard as a utility consumer advocate is that no one wants higher electric bills. That’s why South Carolina should proceed with caution when considering whether and how to introduce electricity competition, as experience in other states shows these efforts can lead to signi…
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…
Locals officials have been most circumspect during this public health crisis.
Flu shots are one of the most effective ways to keep young people safe from the annual outbreak. Flu seasons come and go, and some are more damaging than others.
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…
Just because a person can post their nastiest thoughts online, it doesn't mean they should...
You might have heard that the Legislature is underfunding public schools by $606 per student. As in, state law requires the Legislature to spend $3,095 per student, but it’s only spending $2,489.
So, here we are, many decades after legislation to protect our air and water quality were thoughtfully applied using the limited scientific knowledge of those times to guide us.
Momentum is building for a bigger federal response to the economic damage and uncertainty that the novel coronavirus crisis has wrought. Calls are emerging from both the left and right to prop up a suddenly sputtering economy. Some of their ideas are better than others.
A dark cloud is passing across the nation and the world. When it passes, how will we have changed? How will we react after this national jolt?
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…
Meet the new utility, same as the old utility...
The genesis of the Watergate break-in was the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which detailed America’s secret history about the Vietnam war, by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
WASHINGTON — In an epic U.S. election year, the coronavirus crisis competes with presidential politics for top billing in the news.
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…
Charleston County is suffering from a decided lack of seniority, and power, at the South Carolina Statehouse.
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.
The Post and Courier’s praise for the education bill that passed the Senate last week glosses over numerous problems with the bill.
Imagine this help-wanted ad: High-profile position with rigorous application process. Must be able to deal with complex issues, high-pressure situations, constant complaints and long hours. Salary is $10,400 per year.
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.
The Town of Sullivan's Island is discussing a plan to charge for parking. Locals appear to be united in their opposition...
I first heard the incantation decades ago, in the Senate chamber, where Glenn McConnell would recite it reverentially: One legislature cannot bind another.
It might be Charleston’s most underappreciated building of the last half century. There are a few reasons for that, but it’s time to think anew about the J. Waties Waring Judicial Center at 83 Meeting St.
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…
Greenbelt funds could transform the site of a former Church Creek shopping center into a park, fire station and retention pond within the St. Andrews Public Service District if the city and county would get behind the project.