5.14 | Monday, Feb. 4, 2013
do something about teen pregnancy
2013 -- "Substantial improvements." "All-time low."
"Fourth consecutive year of decline."
a resident of South Carolina, these aren't always the headlines I see
when perusing the morning paper - especially when it comes to issues that
affect education and child well-being, but it's exactly what I read last
week as teen birth rates in our state plummeted to an all-time low.
by the South
Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teen birth rate declined
by 8 percent between 2010 and 2011 and now stands at 39.1 births per 1,000
girls age 15 to 19. While this is progress that should be celebrated,
it is also true that our state still ranks 11th highest in the nation
in teen births and an alarming 6,000+ teens give birth in South Carolina
be asking yourself, why is this so important and why should I care? Maybe
you don't have children and don't see the relevance for you. Maybe your
children are grown and you feel a sense of accomplishment that you and
your kids made it through those rough adolescent years. Maybe you are
a new parent and feel like worrying about this issue is light years away
from the diapers and sleepless nights you are now facing. Whatever your
current situation, there are multiple ways that this issue is affecting
you and your neighbors. The impact that teen pregnancy has on our state's
overall health, education system and economic stability is staggering.
The following data points give only a glimpse into the reasons you should
care about this issue:
get involved? Research and the success of the past 20 years in our state
clearly show that through the continued promotion of age appropriate,
research proven sex education in public schools; enhanced conversations
about love, sex and relationships between parents and their children;
and increased access to condoms and contraception for sexually-active
youth, we will undoubtedly continue to see progress.
fit and get involved:
people will read an article like this and think, "Wow, that is an
important issue and somebody should do something about it," but my
hope is that you read this article today and say, "Wow, this is an
important issue and I am going to do something about it."
When church politics rises
to the level of pure pettiness
2013 -- If you think politics rocks and rolls only at the Statehouse,
take a look at church politics.
known around the country for acceptance and tolerance, are facing mighty
frustration and confusion in the lower part of the state following a schism
late last year that has pitted parish against parish, priest against priest,
and a bishop against the national church.
schism in what until recently was a united body known as the Episcopal
Diocese of South Carolina, today is fueled by a spiritual and historical
stream of secession, a menacing aquifer of greed, disdain, money, power
and sanctimony. It has spilled from the pulpit into state courts. It has
caused churches and parishioners to pick between church leaders who have
left the national Episcopal Church and those who remain with it.
it as a bunch of ecclesiastical nonsense because they don't really care
which governing organization they're aligned with. But others see the
split as a hurtful squabble brought on by conservative clerics who are
negatively impacting the worship lives of church members. And some are
even gloomier, viewing the break as sinful lust by those leaving to grab
as much as they can by using rhetoric, strategies and tactics worthy of
the best negative political campaign that Lee Atwater ever ran.
last 10 years, some champions of Biblical literalism in the Episcopal
Church in the lower part of the state got hot and bothered by gender politics.
They went ballistic when the Rev. Gene Robinson, a gay man, was named
Bishop of New Hampshire, even though the likelihood of anyone from South
Carolina worshipping in the Granite State was next to nil. More recently,
the same zealots got bent out of shape over the blessings of same-sex
relationships in other parts of the country, just as they surely got bent
out of shape in the 1970s with the ordination of women and as their ancestors
did over race during and after the Civil War.
by S.C. Bishop Mark Lawrence, many churches broke away from the national
church and formed a new entity -- "The Protestant Episcopal Church
in the Diocese of South Carolina" -- with rhetoric that sounds much
like what happened when conservative Democrats jumped to the Republican
Party -- "I didn't leave the party; the party left me."
as no surprise that since the end of last year, breakaway churches and
the "new diocese" filed lawsuits to keep property and even the
seal of the national church diocese they abandoned. In what was the pot
calling the kettle black, the breakaway diocese had the gall to spin that
the national church abandoned them -- even though Lawrence and his minions
voted to leave the national church as it appealed to them to stay inside
they departed with much bluster of cutting all ties, they really want
(you should see this coming) to keep all of the formerly united diocese's
money, property and land, including a popular church camp. Seems to me
that when you abandon something, you leave and start anew --and that means
without all of the stuff that you signed over to the national church years
ago. But that, I guess, is logic.
salt into all of these self-inflicted wounds of the past months, S.C.
Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein issued a temporary restraining order Jan.
23 to keep any individual, organization or parishes that are continuing
to worship with the national church from using names and the seal historically
associated with the Episcopal Church in the lower part of South Carolina
for 300 years. Hmmm, surely seeking the order wasn't a disruptive coincidence
as it came the same week the continuing parishes were preparing to elect
a new bishop.
are supposed to be places of sanctuary, not places for negativism and
pettiness. Who knows what will happen with the Episcopal parishes in the
lower part of the state? About the only thing for sure is that it looks
like a lot of lawyers will get richer. And that's not the kind of Christian
charity that motivates people to give to churches.
Interstate crash prompts supportive letter
I was wanting
to comment to you earlier [on tailgating] but procrastinated until I read
this morning's Post and Courier front page regarding another I-526 crash.
I-526 and the Ravenel Bridge are really my sore spots. I-526 is as dangerous
and explosive a stretch that I know of. Basically it is a combo of big
rigs, speeders, tailgaters, density, dangerous merging ... and on good
the Ravenel, which I travel several times a day, I drive it as one big
access/egress, merging on and have to cross three or four lanes to be
in safer position to take my needed exit. Most times I am pulling a trailer.
I do the SPEED LIMIT. Cars pass right and left. A majority of the time
I meet up with them at the lights
my children as they travel I-26 back to school to stay in right lane and
leave plenty of room in front of you so if something happens you have
time and a place to the right to pull out of the way. I-26 is a race track
in left lane anyway.
gets me is how these idiots don't know how close they are to pushing carnage.
especially. As you say, "Folks, this is crazy." Keep up the
Ignorance is truly bliss
in South, one man says
As a historian,
but mostly as an observer of people (a fascinating habit one gets when
riding the subways in NYC), one of the key -- and self-destructive --
philosophies of much of the South, and especially here, is the truly pre-puerile,
"You can't tell me what to do!"
almost any and every reaction to programs and laws passed by someone "higher
up" than the reactor . . . be it health care, programs to aid the
poor, guns . . .you name it. They hate it. Little -- if any -- of these
"reactions" has worked or had any negative effect on such programs
or positive effect anywhere (key example, The American Civil War, and
more recently federally-mandated integration) has not managed to seep
into the shallow caches of thought that produced them. For them, ignorance
is truly bliss.
Too pointed? Perhaps ... but maybe some of these rigorous regressives
should read Gary Wills' (a local!) latest comments on us "down heah"
in an article entitled "Dumb America." Or as Garrison Keillor
noted some weeks ago, "Dumb and Dangerous".
Nasty? Yes. Sad, but true.
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life estates a good idea?
FEB. 4, 2013 -- Is deeding your residence to your child and retaining a life estate a good idea? Back when I was mostly a dirt lawyer, clients would often contact me about doing this very same thing and I didn't realize, until my practice focus changed to elder law, that this strategy wasn't always a good idea.
Before proceeding with this transfer, it is imperative to do an analysis of the pros and cons, particularly if long term care is anticipated and the client may need public assistance in the form of the VA's Improved Pension and/or Medicaid. Below are some of the obvious ones.
As you can see, there are many different considerations to take into account when contemplating the transfer of a home to children with a retained life estate. Unless you are a billionaire, you are encouraged to seek the assistance of an elder law attorney before moving forward with this conveyance.
Palmetto State residents prefers dogs over cats
A new report by the American Veterinary Medical Association highlights what many South Carolinians probably know: dogs tend to be more popular than cats in the Palmetto State.
According to the report, some 38.6 South Carolina households own a total of 1.2 million dogs. That's 21st highest in the country, the AVMA says. The top dog-owning state is Arkansas, where 47.9 percent of households own dogs. The lowest: Massachusetts, where fewer than one in four households own dogs.
South Carolina ranks in the bottom 10 states in cat ownership, with 27.8 percent of households owning 1.04 million cats. The reason the overall number of cats is similar to dogs in the Palmetto State is that cat owners average more than two cats per household. The state with the most cat owners: Vermont (49.5 percent). Lowest: Utah (24.6 percent).
"One of the most important parameters that we look at is how well are pet owners are doing at keeping their pets healthy," says Dr. Douglas G. Aspros of New York, president of the AVMA. "Unfortunately, the report reveals that fewer dogs and cats are seeing the veterinarian regularly, and that's something that the AVMA and every companion animal veterinarian are concerned about. Pet owners across the country need to remember to bring their pets into the veterinarian - at least once a year - to maintain optimal health."
Groups launch Charleston competitiveness center
The Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center is a new Web site that holds a wide variety of economic, demographic, work and other trend data about the Charleston metropolitan area to help leaders make policy decisions.
The Web site, a collaboration of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and the Trident Workforce Investment Board, provides data in six main categories: Industry, Wages and Income, Workforce, Population Demographics, Social and Other. Social, for example, contains data on crime, housing permits, veterans, and Social Security distribution. The Other category covers patents, imports/exports and agricultural production.
All of the research is accessible free of charge and is presented in an easy-to-use interface that allows users to customize the data into a dashboard style display format.
Citadel, Old Exchange host War of 1812 symposium
National and local scholars on the War of 1812 will meet Feb. 9 for a day-long symposium that probes the War of 1812 some 200 years after it occurred.
You can also visit the Old Exchange Building's Website to view a calendar of community events commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812, including a traveling mini-exhibit entitled "War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War" that is on display in the Great Hall of the Old Exchange until the end of February. The exhibit illustrates the role the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service played in securing European recognition of the U. S. as an independent nation and covers the naval and land battles.
The symposium, sponsored by The Citadel and Old Exchange Building, will feature several notable speakers:
Admission to the symposium is $10 and space is limited. For more information and to reserve a seat contact the Old Exchange Building at (843) 727-2165 or visit this Web site.
Gov. Patrick Noble
A native of Abbeville District, Patrick Noble (ca. 1787-1840) was the son of Alexander Noble and Catherine Calhoun. Throughout his formative years, Noble enjoyed an enviable education, first studying under the tutelage of Dr. Moses Waddel and later graduating from the College of New Jersey (Princeton) in 1806. Returning to South Carolina, Noble studied law in Charleston under the supervision of Langdon Cheves and later in the office of John C. Calhoun at Abbeville Court House. Admitted to the bar in 1809, he briefly practiced in partnership with Calhoun before establishing his own lucrative law office in Abbeville District. On Sept. 5, 1816, Noble married Elizabeth Bonneau Pickens, a union that produced seven children.
In 1814 Abbeville District elected Noble to the S.C. House of Representatives. Reelected to the next four sessions, Noble also served as Speaker of the House from 1818 to 1823. In 1824 Noble declined another term and made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. Returning to his law practice, Noble took a hiatus from public life until 1830, when he was chosen lieutenant governor. Abbeville returned Noble to the House in 1832, where he again occupied the Speaker's chair from 1833 to 1835. In 1836 Noble was elected to the S.C. Senate, where his parliamentary experience led to his immediate selection as president of the senate. Reelected two years later, Noble resigned his seat upon his election as governor of South Carolina on Dec. 8, 1838.
An ardent proponent of states' rights, Noble advocated public resistance to the expansion of federal power, which he deemed "highly dangerous, and subversive of our excellent frame of Government." In particular, Noble opposed the national tariff and called on southerners to insist that duties be laid for revenue, not for the protection of northern industry, and only for an amount required by "the economical wants of the Government." He further warned of the growing abolitionist movement in the northern states and urged the legislature to "invigorate" the state militia and prepare South Carolinians "to defend their firesides against the unholy machinations of those who would drench our fields in blood, and sweep our land with the besom of destruction."
Noble had the misfortune of occupying the office of governor in the aftermath of the Panic of 1837, which ruined countless cotton planters and left the South Carolina economy in shambles. Like many Carolinians, Noble placed the burden of blame on state banks, all of which suspended specie payment during the crisis. Noble took the suspensions as a sign that "adherent vices" existed in the banking system and he called on legislators to "probe the evil to the bottom" and thereby "bring back these moneyed corporations, to a healthy performance of their functions." But Noble would not live to complete his term. After a brief illness, he died on April 7, 1840, and was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Barnabas K. Henagan. Noble was buried in his family cemetery at Oak Hill Plantation, Abbeville District.
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IN THE WEEK AHEAD
Arts advocacy: 11:30 a.m., Feb. 5, Statehouse, Columbia. Arts advocates are invited to rally at the Statehouse lobby to celebrate and support the arts in South Carolina. More.
(NEW) Ball speech: 6 p.m., Feb. 7, School of Sciences and Mathematics Auditorium, 202 Calhoun St., College of Charleston. Award-winning writer and Lowcountry historian Edward Ball will discuss his new book, "The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Motion Pictures," as part of the college's Friends of the Library's Addlestone Authors' Series. Free. More.
Snow White: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Feb. 9, and 2 p.m., Feb. 10, Sotille Theatre, George Street, Charleston. The Charleston Ballet Theatre will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Disney classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," with special children's performances by professional dancers and students. More.
CONTINUING AND IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition: Feb. 15-17, downtown Charleston. Thousands of wildlife enthusiasts will invade Charleston for the 31st annual wildlife art and sporting life event to view live-animal shows, art and more. Preview here. More info at www.sewe.com.
(NEW) Dueling in Charleston: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston. Grahame Long, the museum's curator of history, will lecture on his first book, "Dueling in Charleston: Violence Refined in the Holy City." More.
African American Heritage Day: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 22, Wannamaker county Park, North Charleston. You can celebrate the traditions and history of African Americans in this day-long event that will feature demonstrations, reenactments, performances, Gullah storytelling and hands-on experiences. More.
(NEW) Otranto book sale: Starts 9 a.m. on Feb. 22 and 23, Otranto Regional Branch library, 2261 Otranto Road, Charleston. The Charleston Friends of the Library will offer its first book sale of the year with great bargains and good books. More.
(NEW) College aid: 10 a.m., Feb. 23, Room 791, Complex for Economic Development (Building 920), Trident Technical College, North Charleston. The college is part of a national effort to help students and parents learn more about college financial aid. Experts will be on hand to help with financial aid applications. More info.
(NEW) Oysters and chili: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 24, Goldbug Island. Florence Crittenton will hold its annual oyster roast and chili cook-off to benefit its programs for young pregnant women and mothers. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for students and free for children six and under. More.
(NEW) Pride and Joy: 5:30 p.m., Feb. 27, American Theater, 456 King Street, Charleston. The Southern Foodways Alliance will feature the documentary "Pride and Joy," Joe York's film of the depth and breadth of Southern food culture. Part of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, tickets ($100) are online here.
Bach Festival of Charleston: March 1 to 3, First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston. The third biennial event offers a Baroque vocal chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. March 1, an organ concertini by candlelight the following night at the same time, and a performance of "Soli Deo Gloria" at 4 p.m. March 3. Free. More info.
Views of the Coast: Through March 3, City Gallery, Waterfront Park. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs will offer a show of works by macro-photographer David Batchelder and aerial photographer Yve Assad that was curated by Charles Wyrick. More.
Hunt & Habit:
Through April 21, Charleston Museum, Meeting Street. The museum
will present an original exhibition of women's and men's riding habits,
hats and accessories from the 19th and early 20th century. More
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
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