The Mike Seekings FlexValve

[This column first appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier on 29 April and is reprinted here with the writer’s kind permission.] On Monday, the heavens opened and the floods came, leaving much of the peninsula under water yet again. A day later City Council raved about a proposal to build a $40 million swimming […]

Common Ground in West Ashley

The Wrong Plan A week ago Monday, my wife and I went to John Wesley Methodist Church to attend the first of several “community input” meetings organized by the West Ashley Revitalization Commission.  (The second meeting, for the other half of “inner” West Ashley, was Tuesday, and the “outer” West Ashley meetings are this coming Saturday […]

In Praise of Corner Stores: Let Burbage’s Bloom!

The ghosts of mom-and-pop shops past haunt the peninsula’s neighborhoods. The sad storefront at Tradd and Council, Burbage’s last home before it moved to Broad in 1961, sits empty and decaying. Burbage’s home before that, at Tradd and King, is just as sad and empty.

“Save our million dollar views!”

“Save Sullivan’s Island,” their yard signs shout. “Beaches Not Forests!” Translation: “Save Our Million-Dollar Views!”

Stop it. If you are unhappy, there is no shortage of rich people who would be delighted to pay a fortune to live next to the forest.

Power to the Working Class

[This op-ed appeared last week in Charleston’s Post & Courier.] It’s gut-check time for Republicans.  Are they the party Donald Trump says they are, the protector of American jobs, fighting for the forgotten working class?  Or now that the election is over and they’ve gotten those working-class votes, will they go back to being the party […]