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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
Burger

Remembering Ken Burger, 1949-2015

We’re saddened this morning by the loss of longtime Post and Courier columnist Ken Burger, who died Tuesday following a long battle with prostate cancer.

Let’s remember him by being inspired from reading his outstanding, poignant writing, such as ​this sage advice from “Baptized in Sweet Tea,” a collection of columns published in 2011:

1. Always return phone calls: “Calling people back, you see, is a sign of respect, even if they don’t deserve it.”

by · 10/21/2015 · Comments are Disabled · 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
HOLMES:  Traditional sellers face competition from new construction

HOLMES: Traditional sellers face competition from new construction

By Doug Holmes, contributing editor | As the market conditions change, so do the types of competitors for traditional sellers.

With the real estate market in Charleston and Charleston itself doing so well right now, new construction is on the rise. During the downturn of 2008 to 2012, new construction hit a low point.

by · 10/12/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Real estate, 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
Photo by Kyra Morris.

MORRIS: The blood supermoon: Astronomical phenomenon or apocalypse?

By Kyra Morris, contributing editor | As USA Today put it, “It almost sounds like something from a comic strip: A total supermoon lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon — supermoon.” This is real, and by the time you read this, it happened in its fullness on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, lasting until early Monday morning.

by · 09/28/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Money, Views
BRACK:  Mr. Fixit strikes in Charleston

BRACK: Mr. Fixit strikes in Charleston

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Years back when my father was a boy, he knew his father could fix just about anything. He marveled at his father’s skills, not understanding how he would ever be able to build shelves, craft furniture, fix electrical outlets or repair motors.

by · 09/21/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views