Andy Brack

COMMENTARY, Brack:  My, how things have changed over 100 years

COMMENTARY, Brack:  My, how things have changed over 100 years

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  One hundred years ago yesterday, my great-grandfather, weakened by the flu, died of what’s believed to have been a ruptured appendix.  He was 38 years old.  The season’s cash crop, cotton, was about ready to pop in the fields.

Charles Columbus Brack left a 31-year-old widow and six children, aged 1 to 10.  They lived in rural middle Georgia in an unpainted house five miles from the nearest town.  It was only a mile from their Baptist church where a family reunion of sorts occurred yesterday. 

Tables in the church hall showcased just about every sort of Southern food – from fried chicken and roast beef to at least four kinds of beans, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, rice salad, and plain salad salad.  The dessert table was almost as long with the 16-layer chocolate cake being the talk of the room.

by · 09/18/2017 · 2 comments · Andy Brack, Views
State emergency management officials hunkered down Friday to plan for Irma's impact.  Photo provided.

BRACK:  What government gets right and what needs more work

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  With a storm breathing down the state’s neck, people turn to state and local governments for leadership, safety and solutions.  While government gets scrutiny year-round, maybe we should look at what’s working so we appreciate it more – and examine what may need some help so that it works better.

by · 09/11/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
Statue of Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton is pointed toward the S.C. Statehouse.

BRACK:  Let’s take new middle path on Confederate monuments

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Mention the word “Confederate” these days and you sound like you’re itching for an argument.  It shouldn’t be that way.

For months across the South, there have been calls to remove Confederate monuments or to rename buildings or streets honoring long dead Confederate soldiers.  At the same time, others have said to leave the statues and names alone.

by · 09/05/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Redrawing political lines is best hope for better legislature

BRACK:  Redrawing political lines is best hope for better legislature

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   State lawmakers have the power to alter the way the legislature works to make it more representative of all South Carolina and, in turn, boost the potential for compromise and better outcomes for taxpayers.

But to do so, they’ll have to do something that’s very hard – hold their egos and political futures in check by redrawing district lines that are more competitive and less self-serving.

by · 08/28/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Don’t leave your furry friends in hot cars

BRACK:  Don’t leave your furry friends in hot cars

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  The passenger window was cracked about two inches on a hazy Charleston morning.  It wasn’t too hot yet, but the mercury was already 80 degrees.

A little white lap dog panted as it sat on the front seat of the late-model Volvo SUV with Virginia plates.  Where was the owner, I wondered.  Why is the dog in the car?

Also: An excerpt from a column about S.C.’s “policy Einsteins”

by · 08/14/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  S.C. has fewer hate groups, but maybe hate simmers more

BRACK:  S.C. has fewer hate groups, but maybe hate simmers more

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Ten years ago, South Carolina was littered with real-life hate groups – 43, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama.  These days, the number is down to a dozen.

At one point, South Carolina had the highest per capita number of hate groups in the United States, according to Heidi Beirich, intelligence policy director at the Center.

by · 08/07/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
McMaster, Bryant, McGill and Templeton

BRACK:  Despite challengers, McMaster favored in 2018 governor’s race

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  After mentioning the lieutenant governor was probably going to jump into the 2018 race for governor, the guy – a well-educated professional with at least two college degrees – asked, “Who’s the lieutenant governor?”

“Kevin Bryant,” I replied.

“Then who’s the governor?” he asked.

“Henry McMaster.”

“O.K.  I’ve heard of him.”

Therein lies the challenge for the growing field of Republicans with gubernatorial aspirations:  McMaster, while not brimming with strength, has buckets of name recognition earned from three decades in state politics, including eight years as attorney general, eight years as head of the state GOP, and statewide campaigns for U.S. Senate, lieutenant governor and governor.

by · 07/31/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Let’s refocus state, nation on the “common good”

BRACK:  Let’s refocus state, nation on the “common good”

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  In today’s media-saturated culture that focuses on appealing to individuals through greed and ego, the notion of “common good” may seem as charming and antiquated as the horse and buggy.

It is, however, fundamental to our nation, as highlighted in preamble of the U.S. Constitution, which listed our values in forming a more perfect union:  to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

“Welfare” in this case doesn’t mean handouts by the government to people who are down on their luck.  It means people in towns and villages across the country working together to accomplish common goals, or goods, to make their areas better for all.

by · 07/24/2017 · 3 comments · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Is Washington reaching a tipping point with Trump?

BRACK:  Is Washington reaching a tipping point with Trump?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Are congressional Republicans in Washington reaching a tipping point over the continuing political theater and water-tortured presidency of Donald Trump?

If recent public comments by prominent South Carolina Republicans are any indication of the diminishing stature and respect in which Trump is held in Washington, then the president should be worried.  Despite his party’s control of Congress, the hyper-sensitive, Twitter-impaired Trump can’t seem to climb out of a Washington swamp of his own making to be a player in promoting his agenda.  For the first time in my lifetime, the president seems like a B-team sideline player watching a game being played on a muddy field in the rain.  None of it is pretty.

by · 07/17/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  South Carolina is still hungry

BRACK:  South Carolina is still hungry

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Summer’s bounty of everything from juicy red tomatoes to eggplants, squashes and corn fill farm stands and grocery stores across the state.  At this time of year, you’ve never seen so much good fresh food.

But its availability belies a cold, hard fact:  South Carolina is hungry despite decades of food assistance programs.  But without them, things would be way, way worse.

by · 07/10/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views