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We all have room to improve, and there’s something about a new, blank calendar that motivates us to do so. That’s why many of us recently made resolutions to better ourselves in some way, perhaps to exercise more or kick a bad habit.   For those of us in positions of public leadership, a new...
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." — George Santayana.   Stock, bonds and real estate markets could be profoundly hurt by rising interest rates. The Federal Reserve is caught in a terrible predicament. It must quickly raise interest rates to stop today’s...
We were miles from the Shark Valley Visitors Center, deep into the Everglades National Park, when our guide Don pulled the van over to hand out head-to-toe mosquito gear complete with boots and mesh to cover our faces.    “Do we really need this?” we protested. And, “Where the heck are you...
2021 ended on an uptick. Gas prices are up. Home costs are up. Crime is up. The number of COVID variants is up. Tensions and political divisions are up. Goodbye 2021. Time for it to up and scram. Now, are we up for 2022? What lies ahead in the next 12 months? As he does each January, Dalton lifts...
True leadership is a willingness to learn, to collaborate, and to put the interest of those you represent over your own. It is knowing that sacrifices and compromises are inevitable to bring about the most appropriate solution. It is remaining steadfast, present, discerning, and conscientious in...
District 1 needs David Winkler   Charleston City Council District 1, which represents Daniel Island, needs an experienced leader who is able to help the City of Charleston manage the tremendous growth that we are seeing right now, and to do so in a fiscally responsible manner. David Winkler...
Fritz Hollings would have been 100 years old on New Year’s Day. I worked for him for 15 years and knew him as a friend for 50. For me he was a model of what a public servant should be — dedicated to moving his beloved South Carolina and his country forward, committed to straight talk with his...
I love to be a host, always have. Being a guest is sometimes more stressful.   The invitation comes by way of email, Evite, phone call or even snail mail and my very first thought goes to, “What will I wear?”   The invite is usually not much help unless it says “black tie.” I’ve got that...
“The Corpse Flower” by Anne Mette Hancock. A journalist targeted by a fugitive killer, but why? Engaging storyline with a despicable character who gets his due. Hancock keeps you guessing throughout.   “Fight Night” by Miriam Toews. The author draws on her Mennonite upbringing in this story...
In this edition of The Daniel Island News, as we close out 2021, we take a look at the top news stories of 2021 (pages 2, 7, 10, 11) and top sports stories of the year (see page 17). What a year it’s been!   Our nostalgia doesn’t stop at reviewing 2021. The centerfold story features the 25th...

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