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We All Have Responsibilities In Gun Control

By Barney Blakeney   The Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has reinvigorated the conversation about gun violence on a national scale. Students are raising their voices in the discussion. Rightfully so, they must live in the aftermath of the violent society we’ve created. Seventeen students and teachers were killed…

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It’s Now Time To Act

By Barney Blakeney   How did we get here? That was the question my new friend asked as we discussed several issues on the subject of political corruption and social violence. I met with Vince Matthews to talk about his new role as Lowcountry coordinator for the S.C. Progressive Network. A few days earlier I…

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The Orangeburg Massacre Continues Still

By Barney Blakeney  February 8 marked the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre. It slipped past me – not the annual observance, but the recognition that this year was the 50th anniversary. Like so many observances, somethings become automatic. Feb. 7 was my father’s birthday. I went through the day without a thought about it.…

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Who’s Fooling Who?

By Barney Blakeney   I’ve always had a problem with the utilities monopoly in South Carolina. I wrote about it years ago in an op-ed piece for the Summerville Journal. I tried to express that consumers can be at a disadvantage when there’s only one option for a given commodity. My then editor and former…

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What Now After Tributes To King?

By Barney Blakeney   This week, Charleston and the nation wrapped up celebrations of the Martin L. King Jr. Holiday. What now, that the celebrations and programs are over? In Charleston, the Greater YWCA of Charleston marked its 46th annual tribute to King with 10 days of observances. The YWCA’s tribute has grown since it…

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Two Things That May Not Be So Different

By Barney Blakeney   Work with me, ya’ll. I want to talk about two things – while the “#MeToo!” outcry is resonant, reality demands caution; and people in Charleston sure can’t drive. That also requires a lot of caution. I find it hard to write about the #MeToo phenomenon. Some things really are touchy, and when…

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We Need New Leadership

By Barney Blakeney   What’s that poem which starts with some line like ‘death be not proud’? Before the New Year rang in, death had a field day taking out a lot of good folks. Father Ted Lewis, Rollins Edwards, Mrs. Ethel Taylor and Rodney ‘Fats’ Alexander all passed in the last few days! I…

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