Community Op-Eds

2000 Acres – No Mule

By D.R.E. James Charleston is to chattel slavery what Las Vegas is to legalized gambling. Magnolia Plantation could very well be the Mirage, Boone Hall is Caesar’s Palace and Middleton Place, the MGM Grand. Both industries built their cities immense wealth from the ground up.The only difference is that one hosts world championship boxing matches…

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What do Derek Chauvin and Amy Cooper have to do with public education? Everything.

Submitted by: Jon Hale, University of South Carolina,  Candace Livingston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Educators in South Carolina have been called to task once again. Recent calls to abolish the police, indict and convict police officers including Derek Chauvin, and to hold Whites like Amy Cooper accountable for falsifying police reports bring back the…

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DAVID MACK: A lifetime of Selfless Service

By Clay N. Middleton One of the United States Army’s Seven Values is Selfless Service; putting the needs of others before your own. This is truly the essence of being an elected official, but rarely the reality. Some focus on themselves, some give the perception of action, and others put the community first. Learning the…

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A COVID-19 PSA

By Marcia A. Iszard, DNAP, CRNA As an African American nurse anesthetist, I feel uniquely qualified to deliver an important—perhaps even life-saving—message to South Carolina’s African American community about COVID-19. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s) provide anesthesia for a living, allowing patients to undergo essential healthcare procedures such as surgery, trauma care, and labor and…

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VOTE411 – Voters Guide

As the June 9 S.C. primary and June 23 runoff approach, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to the election process. The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area offers voters the nonpartisan election resource VOTE411.org to help inform voters about those changes.  The “one-stop-shop” for election information provides simple, easy tools to help S.C. voters navigate the…

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Rep. Moore: “We Are In The Valley”

By SC House District 15 Rep. JA Moore The recent murders of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmad Aubrey in Georgia, and George Floyd in Minneapolis bring back the trauma of Walter Scott being murdered right here in North Charleston. Unequivocally, these events have shaken our community to its core. I still carry the pain of…

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