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Reader responds to coverage of May 1 DINA meeting Thanks for the detailed reporting on this meeting. It assures me that our elected officials are aware of and addressing the concerns of the citizens residing in this part of Charleston. There was one comment that caught my attention. Lt. Byrne, in...
Last fall I read Steven Levitt’s and Stephen Dubner’s “Think Like a Freak.” You might recognize the authors from their more popularly known books “Freakonomics” and “Superfreakonomics.” I related to their book and their unique way of looking at problems so I posted “Think like a freak” to my...
Ready, get set, vote! Voters in our communities will soon be casting votes in the South Carolina Primary Election. Eligible citizens have until May 13 to register so they can vote in the June 12 primaries and June 26 primary runoffs (if needed). Now is also the time to familiarize ourselves with...
During my kids growing up years, and even today as they work their way through their twenties, we often discuss what’s the right thing to do in any given situation. And of course, it’s even made its way up on the fridge as “Do the next right thing.” The truth is, they, and I, don’t always do the...
The most recent sign I posted to the refrigerator did not go over well. I don’t know why my family didn’t like my sign: “Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place it stinks like heck.*” My husband Tom’s response - “That’s gross.” My 23-...
As evidence mounts regarding the harmful direct and indirect effects of plastic waste, local and even country-wide bans on this pollutant are becoming more frequent. In April, Mount Pleasant’s Town Council passed the most comprehensive single-use plastics ordinance in state history, becoming the...
Be grateful. Help others. In other words: pass it on, pay it forward, give back. These certainly sound like buzz phrases of the day. And they are. But they are also truisms we might ignore in the busyness of our everyday lives. Thankfully, if we keep our eyes open, we’ll likely witness them in...
If you’re not satisfied in your current job, you’re not alone. Eighty percent of people on LinkedIn don’t enjoy or hate their job (published 2/29/16) and according to a report by the Conference Board, the New York-based nonprofit research group, 52.3 percent of Americans are unhappy at work (Forbes...
Since the House recently passed an initial budget, I thought I would share a few comments from budget week. Democrats sought to raise taxes on the people of South Carolina in two ways. The first was an increase in taxes for firearms, which would have unfairly penalized lawful gun owners. The second...
“Turn your scars into stars” - Robert H. Schuller A WORD ABOUT SCARS In “The Odyssey,” there is a scene that takes place near the end of the story. Odysseus returns home after many years of wandering. He is in disguise as an old man. At first, nobody recognizes him, not even his wife and child. One...

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