Andy Brack

BRACK: Pandering to fear isn’t the American way

BRACK: Pandering to fear isn’t the American way

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Recall Thanksgiving afternoon as you watched football and digested turkey after giving much thanks for your freedom, blessings and family.

Imagine hearing the doorbell as you’re dozing. At the door is a young brown woman, heavy with child. She’s wearing a scarf on her head. On the street, you see a beat-up car with a man inside.

by · 11/30/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK: Congratulations, Mayor-elect Tecklenburg

BRACK: Congratulations, Mayor-elect Tecklenburg

By Andy Brack | The Charleston that you want the world to see showed up Tuesday night at Mayor-elect John Tecklenburg’s victory party — young, old, black, white, Republicans, Democrats, gay, straight, rich, poor, old Charleston and new Charleston.

The inclusive, diverse crowd vibrated with palpable and emotional electricity as energized supporters grooved to loud music, laughed, hugged and waited for a victory speech. Then Tecklenburg delivered the kind of forward-looking talk you’ve heard for weeks. He discussed boosting Charleston’s quality of life and working together to make things better.

by · 11/18/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK: Senate disappoints in inability to pass ethics reform

BRACK: Senate disappoints in inability to pass ethics reform

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | It almost defies reality that the downfall since 2012 of the state’s number two and number three elected officials hasn’t yet led to major ethics reform. The once bright promise of more transparency in government is becoming dimmer every passing day.

by · 11/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
#JohnNotLeon — a special election commentary

#JohnNotLeon — a special election commentary

By Andy Brack | updated 11.7.15

After all of Leon Stavrinakis’s whining about negative campaigning in the race to replace Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, you might have been surprised that the first thing out of his mouth after the polls closed was an attack.

Stavrinakis, who has been a frontrunner for so long that he was obviously stunned that he came in a close second to commercial real estate agent John Tecklenburg on November 3, criticized the lead vote-getter as a “developer” in comments to the press.

by · 11/04/2015 · Comments are Disabled · 2015 Mayor, Andy Brack, Views
Simon Brack

BRACK: If you want a friend, get a dog

By Andy Brack | Life got darker last week when a shining light of my family’s lives went out.

Our 14-year-old dog passed on Thursday, leaving our daughters without an elegant presence that’s been with them ever since they were born.

There were lots of tears for our Simon, a Labrador-Dalmatian mix whose long legs suggested a speck of greyhound thrown in for good measure. Rescued from a local agency, he joined us a year after my wife and I married.

by · 11/02/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Today’s deadlines not as tough as those 150 years ago

BRACK: Today’s deadlines not as tough as those 150 years ago

By Andy Brack | The Civil War is alive every day for reporters and editors — and they may not even know it.

A couple of weeks back in a commentary taking the General Assembly to task for caterwauling about a court-imposed time limit on school funding, I observed how reporters face “deadlines” all of the time, just as courts impose deadlines frequently.

by · 10/26/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Tecklenburg

BRACK: Why I’m voting for John Tecklenburg

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | John Tecklenburg has the best line in the campaign to be Charleston’s next mayor:

“Charleston is not a theme park,” he tells people during meetings and in ads.

In just six words, he succinctly captures what’s different about his candidacy and lets us in on his secret: he’s running to serve the people of Charleston. He wants to work collaboratively with people to foster a community vision that focuses on what Charleston’s residents want their future to be.

by · 10/19/2015 · Comments are Disabled · 2015 Mayor, Andy Brack, Views
Photo courtesy of Nelson Aerial Productions.

BRACK: Stop shortchanging South Carolina

By Andy Brack | South Carolinians have to get over the cheapskate model of democracy. To do otherwise is to continue to fail our future.

Billions of dollars of underinvestment in roads, bridges and health care over recent years leaves the state at the mercy of disasters of one sort or another.

Just witness the 11 trillion gallons of rain over the last week that flooded rivers, burst dams, destroyed homes, upended lives and killed at least 17 people.

by · 10/12/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Hollings speaks to media in this 2008 photo.

BRACK: In renaming courthouse, Hollings still teaching us

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | At age 93, Fritz Hollings is still teaching us.

On Friday as a weekend deluge of rain started, dignitaries from all over gathered at St. Michael’s Church at the Four Corners of Law to rename the federal courthouse annex across the street that was named in 1988 for Hollings.

The senator, who got money put in the federal budget to construct the judicial center, never really wanted it named for him. U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, who had all sorts of things named for him by that time, apparently thought Hollings needed something named for him too.

by · 10/05/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK: State’s tax structure needs work, not praise

BRACK: State’s tax structure needs work, not praise

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | The sad thing about a new study of state tax systems is that people are going to believe it when, in fact, it is pretty misleading and relatively pointless.

by · 09/28/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views