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BRACK:  Don’t leave your furry friends in hot cars

BRACK:  Don’t leave your furry friends in hot cars

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  The passenger window was cracked about two inches on a hazy Charleston morning.  It wasn’t too hot yet, but the mercury was already 80 degrees.

A little white lap dog panted as it sat on the front seat of the late-model Volvo SUV with Virginia plates.  Where was the owner, I wondered.  Why is the dog in the car?

Also: An excerpt from a column about S.C.’s “policy Einsteins”

by · 08/14/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  S.C. has fewer hate groups, but maybe hate simmers more

BRACK:  S.C. has fewer hate groups, but maybe hate simmers more

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Ten years ago, South Carolina was littered with real-life hate groups – 43, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama.  These days, the number is down to a dozen.

At one point, South Carolina had the highest per capita number of hate groups in the United States, according to Heidi Beirich, intelligence policy director at the Center.

by · 08/07/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
McMaster, Bryant, McGill and Templeton

BRACK:  Despite challengers, McMaster favored in 2018 governor’s race

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  After mentioning the lieutenant governor was probably going to jump into the 2018 race for governor, the guy – a well-educated professional with at least two college degrees – asked, “Who’s the lieutenant governor?”

“Kevin Bryant,” I replied.

“Then who’s the governor?” he asked.

“Henry McMaster.”

“O.K.  I’ve heard of him.”

Therein lies the challenge for the growing field of Republicans with gubernatorial aspirations:  McMaster, while not brimming with strength, has buckets of name recognition earned from three decades in state politics, including eight years as attorney general, eight years as head of the state GOP, and statewide campaigns for U.S. Senate, lieutenant governor and governor.

by · 07/31/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Let’s refocus state, nation on the “common good”

BRACK:  Let’s refocus state, nation on the “common good”

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  In today’s media-saturated culture that focuses on appealing to individuals through greed and ego, the notion of “common good” may seem as charming and antiquated as the horse and buggy.

It is, however, fundamental to our nation, as highlighted in preamble of the U.S. Constitution, which listed our values in forming a more perfect union:  to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

“Welfare” in this case doesn’t mean handouts by the government to people who are down on their luck.  It means people in towns and villages across the country working together to accomplish common goals, or goods, to make their areas better for all.

by · 07/24/2017 · 3 comments · Andy Brack, Views
FANNING:  The power of setting a meaningful personal goal

FANNING:  The power of setting a meaningful personal goal

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor  |  My mom recently reminded me of a moment from years ago.  I was venting my job frustration over dinner and said:

“There’s got to be more to work than just finding ways to make a T-shirt cheaper.”

It was my first job and the department goal was to save money, build efficiency, and ultimately deliver shareholder value.  This wasn’t the problem.

by · 07/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views
BRACK:  Is Washington reaching a tipping point with Trump?

BRACK:  Is Washington reaching a tipping point with Trump?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Are congressional Republicans in Washington reaching a tipping point over the continuing political theater and water-tortured presidency of Donald Trump?

If recent public comments by prominent South Carolina Republicans are any indication of the diminishing stature and respect in which Trump is held in Washington, then the president should be worried.  Despite his party’s control of Congress, the hyper-sensitive, Twitter-impaired Trump can’t seem to climb out of a Washington swamp of his own making to be a player in promoting his agenda.  For the first time in my lifetime, the president seems like a B-team sideline player watching a game being played on a muddy field in the rain.  None of it is pretty.

by · 07/17/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
PALM: Time to take sea-level rise, I-526 planning more seriously

PALM: Time to take sea-level rise, I-526 planning more seriously

By Fred Palm, special to Charleston Currents  |  The Union of Concerned Scientists study headlined in in the July 12, 2017, edition of The Post and Courier points to a need to act on factoring sea level rise into the county’s long-range capital plan and beyond its present horizon.

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The foundation of Charleston’s present and future economy and the elements identified in the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan rests on water as many of the county’s other challenges — traffic, housing affordability, balancing a thriving tourism industry with a high quality of life, economic development etc. — is directly and indirectly affected by flooding, storm surge and in our future, varying estimates of sea level rise.

BRACK:  South Carolina is still hungry

BRACK:  South Carolina is still hungry

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Summer’s bounty of everything from juicy red tomatoes to eggplants, squashes and corn fill farm stands and grocery stores across the state.  At this time of year, you’ve never seen so much good fresh food.

But its availability belies a cold, hard fact:  South Carolina is hungry despite decades of food assistance programs.  But without them, things would be way, way worse.

by · 07/10/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  State needs to ramp up its commitment to small businesses

BRACK:  State needs to ramp up its commitment to small businesses

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  With all of the big news in late June about $1 billion in new foreign investment in South Carolina, it’s time for the state to pay more attention to the little guy and small businesses.

The new state budget includes $40 million as a “closing fund” to seal deals with big new companies such as Samsung, which announced a $380 million investment this week in Newberry County that will create 950 new jobs.  Also in recent days, BMW announced it would invest $600 million more in its Upstate car plant, which will add 1,000 more jobs by 2021.

by · 07/03/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Dems got better news in special elections than people might think

BRACK:  Dems got better news in special elections than people might think

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Boy, listening to the talking heads and sputtering pundits, you’d almost think the world was ending for Democrats after narrow losses in two special U.S. House elections in South Carolina and Georgia.

But the world’s not ending.  In fact, Republicans should be a little worried.

Yes, the Democrats lost again.  But they lost in safe, strong GOP districts  – contests for which most people never thought Democrats could get so close. 

by · 06/26/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views