Wednesday, January 3, 2018
As the sun streams through the ice gaps on Tradd Street and, to paraphrase Charleston Airport head Paul Campbell, “Mother Nature takes care of the snow,” (at a truly “glacial” pace), the Post and Courier continues to shine the light on South Carolina’s primordial regulatory system. (Thawing of both may begin in the near future, we hope.)
The latest case in point is this article by Andrew Brown, revealing that most members of the South Carolina…
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Finally! Bona fide winter weather!
It seems like years since we’ve had seriously cold temperatures on New Year’s Day. Last year’s balmy January weather snookered South Carolina peach trees and blueberry bushes into flowering at least a month early, setting the stage for a cold snap in March that destroyed 90 percent of both crops.
If this year’s trend continues, we’ll have appropriately cold winter weather until March, and abundant peaches and blueberries in the spring.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
If you heard the sound of hooves on your roof Sunday night, it could have been Santa (or Mrs. Santa) on their annual worldwide tour. (Do they drive two sleighs? I think so, for coverage.) You might have confirmed this if you visited the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa Tracker website. This article from National Public Radio reports on the origin of NORAD’s famous Santa program, which began 60 years ago (long…
Monday, December 18, 2017
I’ll begin this week’s news summary with the topic “politicians who say things that don’t seem to make sense.”
This article from the Post and Courier reports that despite abundant evidence that offshore seismic testing and oil drilling threaten South Carolina’s tourism economy and the coastal environment on which it depends, Georgetown Senator Stephen Goldfinch is all for it.
Post and Courier: As many oppose coastal gas and oil exploration, South Carolina Sen. Stephen Goldfinch…
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Every year or so, a politician pronounces that something he supports must be done to protect the city or county’s credit rating. Consider Charleston County Council, for example, where I-526 boosters have routinely justified building the interstate to Johns Island because our “bond rating would suffer” if they didn’t. This was always hogwash and most people knew it.
But here’s a real threat to local government credit. Bloomberg News reports that Moody’s, the bond rating agency, will…
Monday, November 27, 2017
The Thanksgiving weekend was glorious in every way. The rainy, cool day of thanks was perfect for running. Charleston’s Marc Embler set a state record in Charleston’s Turkey Day 5-kilometer race, in the “antique” category, (in which I was an “also ran”), with a blistering 17:43 time. It was also ideal for leisurely dining, without the anxiety of cleaning up in time for an afternoon outing.
We took our Thanksgiving field trip to Bulls Island…
Monday, November 20, 2017
Once an idea has taken hold of the American people’s minds, whether it’s a just one or an unreasonable one, nothing is more difficult than to uproot it. The same thing has been observed in England, the European country which for the past century has had the greatest liberty of thought and also the most invincible prejudices.
Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America”
Democracy is the worst form of government,…
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Finally, winter was here! (Yesterday…)
The first item of the week comes from the Charlie Rose of Charleston… the Dick Cavett of Marion Square… the Oprah Winfrey of Wentworth Street… Quintin Washington! In this episode, Quintin interviews me on a wide array of subjects – our incoming Executive Director, Laura Cantral; our beloved state’s pre-modern, pre-logical political culture; the nuclear plant fiasco; getting stuff done; flooding solutions; and, of course, the continued paralysis over the…
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
After almost suffocating under an avalanche of important news, I have finally winnowed this week’s news summary to a few themes. I’ll start with housing.
Sunday’s Post and Courier featured a front-page article on Charleston’s housing affordability crisis, proclaiming that it is “on pace to mirror San Francisco’s.”
Post and Courier: Charleston’s housing crisis is on pace to mirror San Francisco’s. Shunning development could make it worse.
Housing affordability in the metropolitan area is indeed a critical and…
Friday, November 3, 2017
What is the latest on those wonky DHEC setback lines? (To comply with the Beachfront Management Act, DHEC is updating the baseline and setback lines for coastal development. You can read all about it in my last blog entry here. Remember: The last day to comment is November 6!)
Here’s the latest: Last week, Governor McMaster called on DHEC to delay setting the lines by extending the public comment…