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Change is hard, but it’s inevitable. People in South Carolina have seen firsthand the effects of Ricardo’s notion of creative destruction, which is embedded in any market economy. They don’t make buggy whips anymore, but our economy is the more robust for it as we have transitioned from carriages...
Tolerance for opposing views has been in decline in recent years, and markedly so in the 14 months since the 2016 presidential election. Today, the atmosphere surrounding public debate is a toxic one. Contrary opinions are shouted down, and vitriol and endless recrimination are the new norm. In the...
South Carolina is one of the nation’s fastest growing states, and the Lowcountry is at the heart of that growth. With our growth and prosperity come growing pains, nowhere more apparent than along our traffic-choked roads. After more than a decade of partisan bickering and hand-wringing, action...
Columnist Steve Ferber did an excellent job of presenting both sides of the issue in his article “Endangered species: Should we save them?” in the Dec. 28 edition of The Daniel Island News. My answer is a qualified “Yes!” Ferber included a quote from a Washington Post article by Professor Alexander...
Why don’t more people vote? Americans pride themselves on our freedoms, citing the right to vote as a cornerstone of our democracy. Yet the United States ranks 27th in the world in voter turnout (according to the Pew Research Center, Belgium (87.2%) and Sweden (82.6%) top the list, with the U.S....
Thank you to The Daniel Island News for asking me for a County Council update during this holiday season. All of us on Daniel Island have so much to be thankful for to live in this beautiful and world-class community. Likewise, we can be thankful that our county government is finishing 2017 in a...
Editor’s Note: As another year draws to a close and a new one begins, it is time for an annual Daniel Island News exclusive. While traditional media report on the top news stories of the year ending, Dalton Williams gazes over the horizon for a peak at the top news stories of the year yet to come....
“More than 20,000 plants and animals are on the brink of disappearing forever,” according to a National Geographic report, which raises an obvious question: which ones should we save? Or perhaps, as some recommend, we should let endangered species go and allow nature to take its course? That’s the...
Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission. News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge...
As many residents know, several City of Charleston amenities on Daniel Island sustained damage during Hurricane Irma. I wanted to provide the community with an update on the progress the city has made in making needed repairs to these facilities. I am happy to report that the majority of repairs...

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