Community Op-Eds

Citizens Want Excellence at IAAM

In a recent letter to the editor printed in the Post and Courier, Carol Ezell-Gilson asked why a project of the International African American Museum’s magnitude has gone unquestioned. The city is spending millions on a project to illuminate African American history with limited involvement of the African American community itself. The president and Chief…

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Lest We Forget

65 years ago, we were ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board of Education to desegregate our public schools. The term used, that I cannot connect with, was something like, “with all deliberate speed.” The initial response of a segment of the white community was closing the public schools; creating white, private academies; and numerous…

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Final USDA Rule Threatens to Take Food Away from Nearly 700,000 People — Increasing Hunger in South Carolina

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule that will cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for 680,000 people. SNAP helps thousands of South Carolinians put food on the table. While everyone experiencing a rough patch should be able to use SNAP, the program already places strict time limits on…

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My Contaminated 40 Acres Killed My Mule

TO ALL CONCERNED:   People there has been an extremely pressing issue facing us all daily—global warming. Since the first so-called settlers invaded these lands there has been an environmental injustice plagued upon the indigenous people. After slavery the injustice continued until today. Big corporations have ignored the cries of the people to “save our…

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Letter to the Editor: Bring D.C. to North Charleston

My name is Trojan Bell and I am writing this letter again in hopes that some outside influence from Washington, D.C. can look into the practices of the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD). In 2005 Sheriff Al Cannon asked for the NCPD to be investigated. The investigation by SLED turned out to be an assassination…

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Letter to the Editor: Santee Cooper

Rural households across our nation spend a disproportionate share of their income on energy bills. It’s a huge problem in the South, especially in low-income homes. It is not right that people face decisions of should they buy a prescription, food or pay their utility bill. Since 2012, Santee Cooper, the state-owned and largest utility,…

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Get Social: A Call to Lowcountry Small Businesses

Social media plays an important role in today’s digital world. We use these channels to stay connected to friends and family and build communities. One of the biggest benefactors of social media, however, has been America’s small businesses – small businesses like ours, Charleston Gourmet Burger Company. As a husband and wife team that is…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

In 2019, Ebony Clare was shot and killed in South Carolina. Her husband, Romaine Clare was arrested. www.abcnews4.com. Brandon Clark, 21, allegedly killed 17-year-old Bianca Devins, then posted photos of her body on the gaming site Discord, according to a 2019 article in USA Today. A man who had a history of domestic violence with his…

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Volunteer/Mentor

I applied to be a mentor at multiple high schools in Charleston via West Ashley High School’s Raptor Program. I wanted to know if any programs existed specifically designed for troubled students, i.e., those who are repeatedly in Saturday school, detention, facing constant suspensions, or near expulsion. I’m interested in anything dealing with youth rivalries, violence,…

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