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BRACK:  How would you deal with a jerk neighbor like this?

BRACK:  How would you deal with a jerk neighbor like this?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  If you’re like most people, there’s a neighbor or two nearby who you could easily do without.  He or she might even be a full-fledged jerk.

A friend in another state (yes, I really am describing someone else’s hell, not anything around my home) has a real jerk for a neighbor.  This guy’s antics have gotten to be just too much in recent days.  …. What would you do?  How do you deal with jerk neighbors?

by · 06/19/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
FANNING: What poison ivy can teach you about burnout

FANNING: What poison ivy can teach you about burnout

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor  |  You can learn a lot about work burnout from poison ivy.

My neighbor once pointed out the itch causing, three-leaf plant at my daughter’s birthday party.  I acted surprised that it was there, but really I just was embarrassed I hadn’t done anything about it yet.  I’d seen it there before (I’m an Eagle Scout, for goodness sake), but it just seemed like it was too much trouble to deal with at the time.

by · 06/19/2017 · 0 comments · Careers, My Turn, Views
BRACK:  S.C. needs more environmental courage, not cowardice

BRACK:  S.C. needs more environmental courage, not cowardice

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  With so much that could be done to protect the South Carolina’s special places and put the state on a stronger, more renewable energy footing, you may sometimes wonder whether we just have too many environmental cowards.

Maybe that’s a bit harsh.  But look at some recent stories that show that technology exists to transform how we power our economy from the traditional dirty oil and coal to a blend of renewables plus nuclear power with natural gas as a backup for peak usage.

by · 06/12/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
KAYNARD: Customer service has left the building

KAYNARD: Customer service has left the building

By Michael Kaynard, special to Charleston Currents  |  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 30 years, you have undoubtedly noticed that good customer service is a thing of the past. In most places, you could set off firecrackers and not one employee would respond.

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Perhaps some small mom and pop stores still value service but the larger, corporate businesses have too few employees and many are untrained about their products. Most could not care less whether you buy. 

by · 06/12/2017 · 3 comments · My Turn, Views
Georgia farmers spread fertilizer with a four-mule team around 1940. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott via Farm Security Administration.

BRACK: From a tenant South to the tech South

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Last year at Elvis Presley’s boyhood home in Tupelo, Miss., I was thrilled to see a white metal bowl with a red rim. It was the same kind of bowl my grandmother used to make biscuits.

A lot of things in the two-room home looked familiar – an oilcloth on a kitchen table, the icebox, pieces of furniture, a butter churn, a metal flour sifter.

by · 06/04/2017 · 2 comments · Andy Brack, Views
Too tight; Jackets, sleeves too short.

BRACK: Guys need to buy clothes that fit

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Count me as a guy who doesn’t get what’s going on with men’s clothes these days.

Jackets, shirts, pants – too many that are too small and too tight. Whether it’s the guy in front of me at church, the hipster at a civic club meeting or the hero out and about at the grocery store, I don’t need to see that much of any guy.

Clothes need to fit, not be plastered onto a body. And plaid needs to be reserved for a special place in hell.

by · 05/29/2017 · 2 comments · Andy Brack, Views
A clever window display in Soho catches the eye.

BRACK: Navigating news in times of scandal and hyperbole

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | With scandal swirling throughout Washington and more indictments stemming from a corruption probe in Columbia, it is becoming harder to keep up with what’s really happening in government and politics.

Part of the problem is the Internet, which overturned the news apple cart by diversifying and segmenting sources of news into so many streams that it can be difficult to figure out which are credible. There are traditional media – newspapers, magazines, radio and television – which operate under an old model of hiring professionals to report news as they see it and digest information critically to make it understandable.

by · 05/22/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
FANNING: How to leave a legacy

FANNING: How to leave a legacy

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | Most leaders don’t leave a legacy. They are never mentioned again when they leave an organization, especially if they die or get fired.

Then there are the ones who leave a negative legacy. You know, the leader who had the going away party but wasn’t invited.

by · 05/22/2017 · 3 comments · Careers, Views
BRACK:  The legislature takes a wild ride in 2017 session

BRACK: The legislature takes a wild ride in 2017 session

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | The General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session is sure to be remembered for a long time as a wild ride.

Two things stand out. First, who in the world would have thought the Republican-led legislature would have given millions of dollars in tax relief to working people in South Carolina in a bill to hike taxes to fix roads? Most of the time, tax breaks go to the rich.

by · 05/16/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
HOLMES:  Charleston real estate market still on fire

HOLMES: Charleston real estate market still on fire

By Doug Holmes, contributing editor | The Charleston real estate market continues to set records. A couple of weeks ago, we hit an all-time high, 452, for the number of residential properties going under contract in one week. This year will probably see the most transactions ever in our tri-county area. 2016 was the second busiest year ever, but only by a few hundred transactions.

by · 05/16/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Real estate, Views