Andy Brack

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 · 0 comments · 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 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  State needs to ramp up its commitment to small businesses

BRACK:  State needs to ramp up its commitment to small businesses

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  With all of the big news in late June about $1 billion in new foreign investment in South Carolina, it’s time for the state to pay more attention to the little guy and small businesses.

The new state budget includes $40 million as a “closing fund” to seal deals with big new companies such as Samsung, which announced a $380 million investment this week in Newberry County that will create 950 new jobs.  Also in recent days, BMW announced it would invest $600 million more in its Upstate car plant, which will add 1,000 more jobs by 2021.

by · 07/03/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Dems got better news in special elections than people might think

BRACK:  Dems got better news in special elections than people might think

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Boy, listening to the talking heads and sputtering pundits, you’d almost think the world was ending for Democrats after narrow losses in two special U.S. House elections in South Carolina and Georgia.

But the world’s not ending.  In fact, Republicans should be a little worried.

Yes, the Democrats lost again.  But they lost in safe, strong GOP districts  – contests for which most people never thought Democrats could get so close. 

by · 06/26/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
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 · 2 comments · Andy Brack, 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 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, 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
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