5.39 | Monday, July 29, 2013
grows, but does anybody care?
2013 -- America is awash with money. Yet poverty continues to grow. Does
calls for giving an annual cash grant of $10,000 -- with no work requirements
-- to every adult over age 21.
study challenges assumptions about poverty
every area of South Carolina, jumping from the bottom quintile of income
to the middle class or beyond is tough, according to a new
Harvard study making waves in policy circles.
Columbia area, for example, a child has a 36.6 percent chance of rising
out of the bottom quintile of income and a 4.2 percent chance of leaping
from the bottom to the top quintile. Those probabilities are among the
lowest in the nation and not much different from the number for Greenville,
where kids have a 37.7 percent chance to escape poverty and a 4.9 percent
chance to be among the nation's highest earners. Researchers found similar
low numbers for Memphis, Charlotte, Atlanta and Raleigh.
you grow up matters," Harvard economist and researcher Nathaniel
Hendren told The
New York Times. "There is tremendous variation across the
U.S. in the extent to which kids can rise out of poverty."
study is drawing attention for what it found, but also for what it didn't
find. Researchers crafted the study by analyzing millions of anonymous
earnings records to measure intergenerational mobility, or how children
move across income levels compared to their parents.
team was interested in whether tax breaks and credits, such as the Earned
Income Tax Credit, were correlated to high mobility, or the ability of
kids to move out of poverty. They found some correlation between local
tax rates and mobility, but a weaker correlation between state EITC policies
looked for other factors to explain why some areas had high mobility out
of poverty and others, like Southern states, had low mobility. They identified
four correlations, but emphasized they were not causes:
factors appear to contribute to upward mobility, the study also found
geography didn't impact income mobility in children born in richer households.
In other words, richer children tended to remain richer, regardless of
where they grow up.
public policy perspective, the study includes notions that fly in the
face of traditional thought. First, it suggests that engineering tax policies
to help people in poverty might help, but not as much as anticipated.
Keep in mind, however, that Southern states tend to not have full earned
income tax credits similar to the federal credit. Other implications:
Location matters. We need to remember this when crafting public policy.
more made in America
engage in the trade war"] was excellent! I agree with you
totally. Wal-Mart used to advertise "Made in America." Now,
just try to find something "Made in America" there. I spoke
to the manager recently and he said that subject had been discussed in
the managers meeting. However, they aren't the buyers so there is little
they can do.
Also, have you noticed the quality is poorer? I would be glad to pay more to get better quality and keep jobs in America. For years, when we call tech support for computer problems, we usually have to talk to someone speaking broken English in India.
Senator Fritz Hollings. In fact I was born in 1924 just two years later
than he. Most
of our representatives in Washington obviously do not understand basic
math, to say the least and have not had a successful business. Just look
at our current president for a classic example.
your thought-provoking articles and hopefully someone will listen.
Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. This week, we welcome our nonprofit partner for the coming year, the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. The organization, which got its start in Charleston in 1897, provides young, at-risk pregnant and parenting women with comprehensive services to help them become self-sufficient and responsible mothers. Its residential program is for pregnant girls and young women from 10 to 21 from anywhere in South Carolina. Its family development program provides home-based support services to at-risk, low-income single parents with children ages 5 and under throughout the Tri-County area.
becomes state's first benefit corporation
2013 -- Earlier this month, South Carolina took an important step forward.
In early July, Money With A Mission, of which I am the president, became
the first registered Benefit Corporation (B Corp) in South Carolina.
year, South Carolina passed cutting-edge legislation allowing mission-based
companies to register as Benefit Corporations. This allows companies like
Money With A Mission to operate as a for-profit business but ensures that
their mission-driven agenda is an integral part of their business plan
and daily operations. More.
corporations have three essential components:
about the importance of becoming a benefit corporation, Brady Quirk-Garvan,
business development associate for Money With A Mission, said "We've
always believed that if you are intentional about who you vote for, where
you donate money, where you buy your food, shouldn't you bring that same
intentionality to your financial life? This new benefit corporation designation
ensures that this will be our mission for decades to come."
With A Mission is the first benefit corporation in South Carolina I certainly
believe there will be many others to follow.
Group promotes blue tape on buildings to show water line
Small businesses along the coast are being asked to use blue tape to mark on their buildings where water would rise in 2100 in the event of a six-foot sea level rise.
The new project, called South Carolina Businesses Acting on Rising Seas, is an effort to protect the state's small business tourism industry from the coming impact of rising seas due to climate change.
"Our goal is to turn the tourists into an army of advocates for protecting our coast by asking them to go to SCBARS.org," according to Frank Knapp, president and CEO of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce. "From the website, people can send letters to their congressional delegation and president calling on them to take action to reduce carbon pollution and transition the U.S. to a clean energy economy."
Civil rights marker to be unveiled Aug. 4 at Kress building
Two Burke High School students who were arrested in 1960 after participating in a civil rights protest at the Kress lunch counter will be on hand 3 p.m. Aug. 4 when a new historic marker is unveiled at the corner of King and Wentworth streets.
Minerva Brown King and Cecelia Gordon Rogers will speak at the unveiling of the marker placed by the Preservation Society of Charleston. The installation is part of the society's 2011 "Seven to Save" listing of significant local civil rights era sites.
"Charleston, often recognized as one of the South's most historic cities, is often overlooked as a center of the modern civil rights movement," according to a society press release. "Research and public awareness of these sites is needed to preserve them.
"Once a five and dime store owned by S.H. Kress & Co., this 1930 Art Deco King Street landmark was selected because it once featured a lunch counter that became the target of Charleston's first civil rights 'sit-in.'"
A reception hosted by the Moore & Van Allen law firm will follow the unveiling.
North Charleston street to become Darius Rucker Boulevard
WEZL radio station and the city of North Charleston will host a ceremony Aug. 12 to officially change the name of Coliseum Drive to Darius Rucker Boulevard in honor of the Charleston native who has worldwide music fame.
"The WEZL Crew is humbled by the fact that we have incredible listeners which includes North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey," said WEZL morning radio personality Ric Rush. "He heard us talking about this idea on the air and teamed with WEZL to make the naming of Darius Rucker Boulevard a reality. We are proud that we had a small part in making this happen."
will take place in the radio room of the North Charleston Coliseum during
the 8 a.m. hour of the morning show. It will be broadcast live, exclusively
on 103.5 WEZL, according to a press release. More.
I started reading "The Humans" by Matt Haig and I literally had trouble putting it down. One night, about 2:30 a.m., I actually considered getting up and reading more of it.
about this book touched me. It really made me do a quick check of myself,
my humanness. It loosened many thoughts about us humans, concepts that
are in the back of your mind that should be moved to the front. This novel
cleared out a few cobwebs and hopefully will remind me to be a better
mathematician, Prof. Andrew Martin, has proven the Riemann Hypothesis
(the most important unsolved problem in mathematics). Solving this problem
would revolutionize applications of mathematical analysis in unknowable
ways that would transform human life and the lives of future generations.
is narrated by an unnamed alien who is sent to planet Earth on a mission
to destroy knowledge that would help the humans advance. He is from a
utopian world where everyone enjoys immortality and infinite knowledge.
He is disgusted by the way humans look, the food they eat and their capacity
As he goes
about his task he learns about poetry, music and peanut butter. He begins
to feel human emotions and slowly starts to change. I don't want to give
away all of the book but I will share a quote by his alien "leaders"
who have their own opinion of humans:
Reading this book has really made me think about a lot of the "values" we humans cherish. Read this novel. If it doesn't speak to you, you just might not be human.
King Charles I of England granted a proprietary charter on October 30, 1629, to his attorney general Sir Robert Heath. The colony, named "Carolana" in honor of the king, included the territory between 31 and 36 north latitude and west to the edge of the continent. This vast region stretched from Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, to the northern boundary of Florida and west to the Pacific Ocean.
As proprietor, Heath was expected to settle and develop his domain with the same broad governing authority as the Bishop of Durham, feudal ruler of the County Palatine of Durham in England. The charter also authorized the proprietor to make laws with "the counsel, assent, and approbation of the Freeholders or the Major part of them."
Heath initially sought settlers from the numerous Huguenots who had taken refuge in England during religious conflicts in France. He soon lost interest when several of these projects failed, and he thereafter restricted his colonists to communicants of the Church of England. A Puritan merchant of Huguenot ancestry, Samuel Vassall, sponsored a coastal exploration to locate settlement sites, but the colonists that followed in 1633 were stranded in Virginia.
By 1638 Heath had assigned his proprietary rights to Henry Frederick Howard, Lord Maltravers, who established the County of Norfolk in Carolana but was no more successful than Heath in settling the region. The Heath Charter is important because it was the model for the successful 1663 Carolina Charter, and it was the first colonial charter that included the area of modern South Carolina.
Big, bright moon
We encourage you to check out our sister publications:
Charleston Currents offers insightful community comment and good news on events each week. It cuts through the information clutter to offer the best of what's happening locally.
Charleston Currents is provided to you twice a week by:
Address: P.O. Box. 22261 | Charleston, SC 29413
We hope you'll keep receiving the great news and information from CharlestonCurrents.com, but if you need to unsubscribe, click here.
© 2008-2013, Statehouse Report LLC. All rights reserved. Charleston Currents is published every Monday and Thursday by Statehouse Report LLC, PO Box 22261, Charleston, SC 29413.
RiverDogs' beer shakes honored nationally
Venues Today, a trade magazine for sporting and entertainment arenas, has awarded the 2013 Silver Spoon Award for "Best New Menu Item" to the beer shakes, which debuted in April in chocolate, caramel and strawberry flavors.
Honorable mention was "Kuku Paka," a chili-rubbed chicken sewer with hazelnut crust on spiced rice offered at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Other categories:
On big shots
"Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting."
Insert your email address and click subscribe for free.
Vocal auditions: 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Aug. 3, Second Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting Street, Charleston. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble will hold voice auditions for new volunteer singers, who are asked to prepare a solo of their choosing and vocalize in a choral setting. More.
Gardening galore: Aug. 5-8, 46 Windermere Boulevard, Charleston. Charleston Horticulture Society will offer Lowcountry Gardening 101 Summer School, a four-day extravaganza of 10 assorted gardening classes, each of which cost $10 for members or $15 for non-members. Lots to choose from. More.
(NEW) Chamber legislative reception: 6 p.m., Aug. 6, Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing, Charleston. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Legislative Appreciation Reception to celebrate legislative wins in the area. State Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Daniel Island, will receive a leadership award. More.
(NEW) Make a sweetgrass basket: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Aug. 10, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston. You can learn to make a traditional sweetgrass basket with Sara Edwards-Hammond in this four-hours workshop. No experience required for this program for adults. $40 for members; $45 for non-members. Advance registration is required by going online or by calling 843.722.2996, ext. 235.
Free skin cancer screenings: 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 10, outside Splash Zone Waterpark, James Island County Park. MUSC dermatologists will offer free screenings on the MUSC Mobile Health Unit. No appointment necessary. More: Phone 843.792.0878.
Stomp some grapes: Noon to 5 p.m., Aug. 24, Irvin-House Vineyards, Wadmalaw Island. You can celebrate the annual grape harvest and get some purple feet at the 10th Annual Grape Stomping Festival. Admission is $10 per car, with part of the proceeds going to Frierson Elementary School. On hand will be music, family fun, great food -- and adult beverages. More.
Great watercolors: Through Sept 15, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston. In conjunction with Spoleto Festival USA, the Gibbes will present watercolors created in Charleston in the early 1990s by celebrated contemporary artists Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo, who will give an opening day gallery talk at 2:30 p.m. at the museum. Art is from the collection David and Carol Rawle. More: GibbesMuseum.org
2013 Showhouse: Open at various times now through Oct. 20.
The magazine's newly-constructed home along the Wando River on Daniel
Island is open for tours with a portion of the $15 ticket proceeds to
info and times here.
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.
Angel of Death