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BRACK:  South Carolina can learn from Cuba

BRACK: South Carolina can learn from Cuba

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | For as long as Americans not old enough to be in the AARP have been alive, Cuba has been a pariah, a non-democratic experiment whose embarrassing Soviet connections caused a geo-political chess game.

But as Soviet regimes crumbled in the early 1990s, Cuba was left hanging, still isolated and cut off from its rich neighbor to the north. Cubans literally lost weight, as food became harder to get. But its economic crisis forced institutional changes. The Cuba of today isn’t the Cuba of the Cold War.

by · 09/07/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Old cars cruise along the Prado in central Havana day and night.

BRACK: Cuba faces big changes in thaw with U.S.

By Andy Brack, Havana, Cuba, Aug. 27, 2015 | In dozens of ways, Cuba isn’t ready for the prime-time expectations of a projected tidal wave of Americans unfettered by decades of travel restrictions.

Yes, these new yanqui explorers to the 776-mile-long island south of Florida will be able to smoke smooth Cohiba cigars, drink potent mojitos and see shiny 1950s Chevys, Fords and Plymouths powered by a hodge-podge of Russian, American and Chinese engine parts.

by · 08/31/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK: Advice for kids with new cell phones, email

BRACK: Advice for kids with new cell phones, email

By Andy Brack | Congratulations. Having a new phone or email address is an obvious sign that you’re growing up. But having new devices or communications media also mean there are some things you need to understand so you don’t get in trouble at school or home.

by · 08/17/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
HOLMES:  Charleston real estate market still hot

HOLMES: Charleston real estate market still hot

By Doug Holmes, contributing editor | The Charleston real estate market continues to perform very well. In fact, real estate across the nation has made a big recovery. While the smaller, isolated markets may have not recovered much, most larger metropolitan areas have regained much of the ground lost during the 2008-2011 period. I read an article a few days ago that listed the 20 busiest real estate markets in the nation and was a bit surprised to see that Charleston was not listed. This actually brightened my day a bit to know that there were so many markets doing so well.

by · 08/17/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Real estate, Views
BRACK:  Acts of forgiveness may be key to real power

BRACK: Acts of forgiveness may be key to real power

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | The whole notion of forgiveness has been in the front of many people’s minds in the weeks since the massacre at Emanuel AME Church. Just how, they wonder, could family members of the victims, one after another, forgive the accused shooter so quickly after such a reprehensible deed?

by · 08/10/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Time to deal with elephant in state’s room

BRACK: Time to deal with elephant in state’s room

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds doesn’t confront something lurking in rooms across South Carolina for generations — the elephant of racial division.

So that made us wonder — how can the state move forward to reconcile and heal generations of slights, violence, fear, prejudice and deaths? What can be done to level the playing field, to thwart dreams lost because of skin color or poverty?

“Using any measure, the prospects of success for an affluent white baby born today in South Carolina are significantly higher than those of a baby whose skin color is not white and whose parents are poor,” says Steve Skardon, head of the Palmetto Project.

by · 08/03/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
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BRACK: Dump Trump — Americans deserve better than bombast

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | If you don’t want Hillary Clinton to be the next president, you better get off the escalating Trump bandwagon pretty darned quickly.

by · 07/27/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
MORRIS: Our World Trade Center is making a difference

MORRIS: Our World Trade Center is making a difference

By Kyra Morris, contributing editor | Our world is a global world. Our markets are global markets. Economic viability depends on our ability to interact within these horizons.

by · 07/27/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Money, Views
BRACK:  Some news not fit to print

BRACK: Some news not fit to print

By Andy Brack | So now come some members of the generally milquetoast South Carolina media who are pawing and whining about a state trial judge. They complain he’s keeping them from hearing 911 phone calls or seeing graphic photos of the Emanuel AME Church shooting that left nine dead.

by · 07/20/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
MORRIS:  Charleston is part of a global community

MORRIS: Charleston is part of a global community

By Kyra Morris, contributing editor | My husband and I traveled all over Australia last month. At the beginning of June, only a few people we met were familiar with Charleston, our fair city. By the end of our travels because of the tragedy at Mother Emanuel, most of the people we met knew of Charleston.

Their comments were kind expressions of sorrow, but also of how they were impressed by the total community support and display of love and unity that Charleston showed to the families of the victims. This unity was felt by the world.

We did that part right. We let the world know that Charleston is not a place of hate. …

by · 07/13/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Money, Views