Flooding and the Mayor

[This column by Steve Bailey was first published in the Post and Courier and is reprinted here with the permission of the author.] One campaign ends and another begins. Or does it? The next time Charlestonians go to the polls will be in a year to elect a mayor. And unlikely as it may seem, […]

The Thanksgiving Story You Probably Never Heard

The pilgrim William Bradford tells us about the first Thanksgiving. Winter was brutal. Snowbound in their hastily built houses, nearly every settler got sick; all were hungry, and half died. Spring followed, and with the help of Indians, the survivors reaped their first American harvest. English hunters went fowling in the woods, Massasoit brought in […]

Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War

[This column first appeared in the Post and Courier in a shorter version and is published here by the kind permission of the author, Simon Lewis.] Exactly one hundred years ago the Armistice was signed that ended World War I. The “War to End All Wars” had left 17 million dead and 20 million wounded. […]

The Summey Machine

[This column appeared first in the Charleston Post and Courier and is reprinted here with the author’s kind permission.] It is often the little things that tell you the most about how — and particularly why — business gets done in this town. Our Civics 101 lesson starts with the most mundane of chores of local government […]