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Incompetent Health Care

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    While Republicans on the Hill toy around with repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, more often referred to as Obamacare, I am really concerned about the direction health care is headed. I have always been fond of the elderly; so, it’s no wonder that I begin to think of my own…

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Summey Said “We Can’t Raise Your Children”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Did Mayor Summey really say “We can’t raise your children”?  Last week, Elder James Johnson, State Coordinator, National Action Network (N.A.N.) held a press conference calling for more accountability from Mayor Summey and Police Chief Driggers in reducing the high murder rate in North Charleston. As of last week, North Charleston had…

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What’s There to Celebrate? Black Independence or Intolerance

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As another Independence Day has come and gone, just how independent are you? Do you own a business or a home? Can you afford to take a vacation across country or to another country? From slavery to freedom, black ancestors believed things would get better one day and God would deliver them out…

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“A Picnic is Not Always a Picnic”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch A picnic is defined as an “outing or occasion that includes taking a packed meal to be eaten outdoors”.  Another definition of picnic came out of lynching blacks, “picking a “nigger” to lynch in front of a crowd of whites. Snopes rates the definition as “false”.  In fact, Snopes claims “picnic” is…

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“A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As I shift into writing gear, there is so much swirling around in my head.  So, why don’t I just do a bits and pieces article? Ashleyville Mobile Home Park Residents Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place –  Folks in the mobile home park will be asked to leave and they…

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Ruthless Killers: Younger and Younger

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Every time I think things can’t get any worse they do. As cruel and inhumane as it may be, senseless deaths of children are happening more and more frequently. Recently in Colleton County, a 19-year-old male was arrested for murdering three members of a Ruffin family, a couple and their 13-year-old…

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Summer Safety Tips For Parents

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    School is weeks from being over and 16-year-old Martin Capers of Walterboro will not be returning next school term. Capers drowned over the weekend and his body was recovered in the Edisto River. What a tragedy!!! The Charleston County Parks Department has many structured activities for children. Check out their website,…

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President Donald Trump, #45

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    According to an article in the New York Times, a current and a former American government official reported that President Trump, or #45, for those who refuse to accept him as President, “boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week providing details…

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Mother’s Day: Reflections of a Daughter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Mother’s Day is a special time set aside to recognize mothers nationally. And, if your mother has passed away, it’s a time of reflection. There is barely a day that goes by that I don’t think about my mother. Sometimes, it’s just the little things that pop up during the day…

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Getting Back on Track: It Begins at Home

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   No one knows better than Professor Damon Fordham how slavery negatively impacts generations. The Professor may not have lived through it, but he studied it. I am certain the Professor did not wake up one morning and decided to study history because he had nothing better to do. And, similarly, I…

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