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WORLD-CLASS OPERA FOR CHARLESTON! Let us all take note of the extraordinary event that took place at the Gaillard on May 5. Puccini’s grand opera “Tosca” was presented featuring an all-Metropolitan principal cast combined with accomplished Charleston artists. The production was a collaboration...
May 16, 2018 Secretary Christy Hall 955 Park Street Columbia, SC 29201 Dear Secretary Hall, I appreciate the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) acting in the interest of public safety and closing the west-bound side of the James B. Edwards bridge, and keeping the public informed of...
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...

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