What Makes America Great

I was in the 6th or 7th grade (1964?) when I asked Nana, who left Connemara in the 1920s, “Why did you come to America?”

“To eat,” she replied. 

Better Learn to Swim…

My nomination for Pork of the Year: The $2 million down payment deftly budgeted, without public comment and without a separate council vote, for former city councilwoman/swimmer Kathleen Wilson’s dream of a $50 million aquatic and wellness center in West Ashley.

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 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 […]

Hire a Woman for CofC

[Originally published in the Post and Courier and reprinted here with the author’s permission.] by Steve Bailey Imagine that if within days of the news that Glenn (Jeb) McConnell was stepping down after four glorious years as president of the College of Charleston that the trustees announced they were embarking on a national search for his replacement […]