Post Tagged with: "John Tecklenburg"

Statue of Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton is pointed toward the S.C. Statehouse.

BRACK:  Let’s take new middle path on Confederate monuments

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Mention the word “Confederate” these days and you sound like you’re itching for an argument.  It shouldn’t be that way.

For months across the South, there have been calls to remove Confederate monuments or to rename buildings or streets honoring long dead Confederate soldiers.  At the same time, others have said to leave the statues and names alone.

by · 09/05/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
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FOCUS:  Charleston has common-sense approach to historical statues

By Robert S. Carr, special to Charleston Currents  |  George Santayana,  a Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist, is probably best known for his often proclaimed and lampooned quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  If that thought is accurate, what does it say about the future of those who tear down monuments to the past?

Mayor John Tecklenburg of Charleston has the right idea.  Instead of tearing down monuments that may offend some, he is quoted as saying in The Post and Courier:  “The whole story of our history needs to be told. I intend to be complete and truthful about our history and add context and add to the story instead of taking away.” 

by · 08/21/2017 · 1 comment · Focus, Good news
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
FOCUS:   It’s festival season again

FOCUS: It’s festival season again

Staff reports | The Charleston festival season opens for 17 days Friday as Spoleto Festival USA offers more than 160 ticketed events in 12 venues throughout Charleston while the city’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival for 2017 has more than 500 events through June 11.

Perhaps the easiest way to get the full flavor of all of the offerings is to scroll through each festival’s websites, but we offer some highlights and links below.

by · 05/22/2017 · 3 comments · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:   Charleston Forum to discuss racial issues June 16

FOCUS: Charleston Forum to discuss racial issues June 16

Staff reports | The Charleston Forum will host a public discussion June 16 to address racial issues in the context of economics and education; policing and criminal justice; the future of the past; and the Charleston experience.

“I am looking forward to participating in the Charleston Forum this summer. We must embrace these opportunities to come together and listen to one another,” Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg said in a statement. “It is only by gaining an understanding of our different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that we can create a united vision for a brighter future.”

Tickets are $10 and available online. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

by · 05/08/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
CALENDAR, April 18+:  Charleston to host West Ashley planning sessions

CALENDAR, April 18+: Charleston to host West Ashley planning sessions

Community input sessions for the West Ashley Plan are scheduled for:

April 24, 6 to 9 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church Gym, 626 Savannah Hwy.
April 25, 6 to 9 p.m., West Ashley Middle School Cafeteria, 1776 William Kennerty Dr.
May 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Bees Landing Recreational Center, 1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd.
May 6, 2 to 5 p.m., West Ashley High School Cafeteria, 4060 W Wildcat Blvd.

by · 04/18/2017 · Comments are Disabled · calendar
BRACK: New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

BRACK: New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Sculptor Rick Weaver captured the body language of Fritz Hollings just right in a new statue unveiled Monday as former colleagues heaped praises on the retired senator, now 95.

Three things stand out in the bronze figure – the warm, but determined, look on Hollings’ face; how his left hand is grasping a rolled-up document; and, most notably, an outstretched right hand, a familiar gesture to many of the senator’s former staffers and friends.

“I asked him what he felt was the quality he possessed that allowed him to succeed in his work,” Charlottesville, Va., sculptor Weaver said in the ceremony program. “He said very quickly, ‘My ability to make friends.’ So in subtle ways, I tried to show that – his hand gesture, him turning to face someone. I wanted to convey how actively engaged he was all his life.”

by · 04/18/2017 · 4 comments · Andy Brack, Views
GOOD NEWS:  City launches online platform for boards, commissions

GOOD NEWS: City launches online platform for boards, commissions

Staff reports | With more than 40 boards and commissions, the city of Charleston has long encouraged independent citizen oversight and participation in local government—at least in theory, according to a press release last week.

But with the debut of Boards+, a new city website that allows citizens to view the members, duties and actions of city boards, committees and commissions and to apply for open positions as they become available, that theory is now becoming a reality for residents throughout the Charleston area.

by · 08/22/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
GOOD NEWS:  Charleston to host 14th annual First Day Festival

GOOD NEWS: Charleston to host 14th annual First Day Festival

The City of Charleston will host the 14th Annual First Day Festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14 at Liberty Square at the S.C. Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center. The First Day Festival is a celebration of education and provides children and families with information on educational services in the community, as well as a fun day together. Also: Library back to school celebration and Magnolia Plantation’s dog adoptions.

by · 08/08/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
GOOD NEWS: A big win for our coast

GOOD NEWS: A big win for our coast

Staff reports | Coastal elected and environmental leaders are tickled pink that the Obama Administration last week reversed itself on the potential for offshore gas and oil development in the Atlantic Ocean.

The plan was opposed by more than two dozen coastal South Carolina communities, including Charleston and Beaufort. Both of the towns’ mayors met with White House officials on March 14, the day before the reversal was announced.

by · 03/21/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs