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BRACK: Colorful nicknames becoming part of past

BRACK: Colorful nicknames becoming part of past

By Andy Brack | Spot. Goat. Boopa. Preacher. Peatsy. Red.

Nicknames, including those of political figures of all stripes, once were commonplace, perhaps a reflection of a society that spent more time talking with each other than emailing, blogging and staring at smartphones.

These days, with what South Carolina novelist Josephine Humphreys calls the “gentrification of South Carolina politics,” political nicknames run a comparatively narrow gamut with the occasional, bland Chips and Treys.

by · 03/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Pluff Mud Kids enjoy last week's Chase The Leprechaun event benefiting Pattison's Academy at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park.

SABINE: Site offers monthly calendar for kids

By Leigh Sabine | Did you happen to see Pluff Mud Kid’s printable monthly calendar for March?

Each month we aim to highlight a few of our favorite events for children in the Lowcountry. You can print the calendar, add some of your own ideas, and stick it on the refrigerator to remind you to plan your weekends and day trips ahead of time.

by · 03/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Kids, Views
The Sergeant Jasper building, Charleston, S.C.

FOCUS: Don’t allow a monstrosity on Broad Street

By Margot Rose and Jay Williams Jr. | If you like “The Boulevard,” the apartment-office complex on Coleman Blvd, you’re probably a fan of the proposed new Sergeant Jasper complex on Broad Street!

It may not look the same, but that same developer’s plans for a new Broad Street apartment-retail complex are generating the same anxiety here that “The Boulevard” did in Mount Pleasant.

by · 03/09/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Views
BRACK:  Two dumb ideas: Splitting the school district, offshore drilling

BRACK: Two dumb ideas: Splitting the school district, offshore drilling

By Andy Brack | There are a lot of dumb ideas floating around these days, but we thought it was time to pick on two: breaking up the Charleston County School District and drilling for oil and gas off our shore.

by · 03/09/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Now is time to support public education

Now is time to support public education

I appreciated your commentary on education in this week’s newsletter. Very well done. Now is indeed the time.

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Brack: “Dum spiro spero” on S.C. public education

Brack: “Dum spiro spero” on S.C. public education

By Andy Brack | Twenty years from now, historians just might look back on the past week as the tipping point for state legislators finally “getting it” that public education, particularly in rural areas, needs a lot of attention, not episodic Band-aids.

The state House of Representatives finally seems to have a leader — a man who grew up in the Corridor of Shame’s Darlington County — who is walking the walk, not just talking the talk about public education.

by · 03/02/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Brack: Mayor’s race is shaping up

Brack: Mayor’s race is shaping up

Boy, this year’s race to replace Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, retiring in his 40th year at the top spot, is shaping up to be a doozy. First, just try to wrap your brain around the notion of whether anyone can replace Joe.

by · 02/23/2015 · Comments are Disabled · 2015 Mayor, Andy Brack, Views
Taken from the Tricounty Cradle to Career's 2015 Regional Education Report.  More.

Morris: Report highlights good things about education

By Kyra Morris | Want to read something good about education in South Carolina and specifically Charleston? Several years ago, the greater community came together to create an organization whose purpose is to maximize resources and foster an environment of collective impact where young people of all socio-economic backgrounds can reach their fullest potential. New initiatives within schools from pre-school through post-secondary are in place to support youth development from cradle to career.

by · 02/23/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Money, Views
Refreshing, accessible site

Refreshing, accessible site

Congratulations on the new look of Charleston Currents. It takes courage to try to improve something that really wasn’t broken.

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Brack: More civics education is a good thing

Brack: More civics education is a good thing

The James B. Edwards Civics Education Initiative calls for high school students to take a 100-question U.S. Citizenship Civics Test as part of an existing half-year course in government. The proposal doesn’t mandate passage of the test as a requirement for graduation (although it should), but students who get a passing score of 60 or better will receive an achievement certificate.

by · 02/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views