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The American economist Herb Stein once observed that “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” I don’t know when the stop will come, but I know that we are rapidly approaching a financial day of reckoning with regard to federal spending. And if Washington doesn’t act before financial...
Today (July 17), we witnessed another tragedy to our law enforcement family in Louisiana, which impacts every community and police officer across America. These recent attacks on the guardians who protect our way of life, threaten the safety of every citizen. Therefore, it is time for all people to...
Rep Jim Merrill Hanahan, Daniel Island, Mt. Pleasant, Cainhoy   “Government should protect our borders, build our roads, deliver the mail, and stay the hell out of the way.”   When I first heard a longtime elected official make that statement my thought was that he had stolen some...
DINA and our committees are staying quite busy in the warm weather. Here is a snapshot of our current summer activities. To stay updated, bookmark our web page, dineighborhoodassociation.org, and follow us on Facebook. New Committees Ownership Transition (contact transition@...
Our annual book recommendation edition is always one of my favorites. It’s great to learn what other people are reading and what they recommend. I look forward to reading many of the titles recommended by our readers this year. On my part, I am recommending the historical novels by Robert Harris,...
Let’s start with three: 1. Stop trying to change your partner; 2. Never begin a sentence with the word “you”; and 3. Avoid trigger phrases (e.g., “you’re being just like your mother/father”). And here’s three more: 1. Know your partner’s love language; 2. When you spend time together, try to make...
Not happy with President Obama’s economic policies In May, the unemployment rate declining by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent would appear to be good news, but when I followed the advice of a former supervisor and peeled the onion to take a closer look, it is not so great: 1. The number of...
How strong is our democracy? And does the digital age have the potential to strengthen it? That’s what the citizens of Mexico City are about to find out, in a fascinating experiment in digital democracy. Just six months ago Mexico City was granted the right to become its own master and now is...
The first half of 2016 has been very busy down at City Hall and I wanted to share updates on progress that is being made on several important projects on Daniel Island. First from a traffic and transportation stand point, I wanted to share that the City will be installing more signage and pavement...
Children, Teens and Gun Violence This week marks the first anniversary of the nine shootings at Emmanuel AME Church, and in December 2016 it will be four years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children, ages six and seven, were killed. As a parent and grandparent, I know...

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