Mount Pleasant’s commercial shrimpers are clinging to their businesses for dear life. Though their trade is unique, historic and important to our local culture, their plight as small-business owners is not.
It's always good to hear from readers, especially when they offer expertise or experience in regard to something I've written about. In last week's column, I mentioned CVS pharmacy's decision to no longer sell tobacco products. I also asked the age-old questions of why pharmacies are on raised platforms and why pharmacists still wear white coats. …
Observations on some paradoxes of life thus far in 2014:
There was a time when doctors used to “bleed” patients. They did this not because they were malicious beasts or secret imposters from the “Twilight” series, but because that is what was popular. That practice was the convention.
“She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” ~ author Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park (St. Martin’s Press, 2013)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and time to spread some Christmas cheer. You see, despite the pressures of commercialization and political correctness, some of us actually still call it Christmas and celebrate its true meaning. In that spirit, here are some Christmas presents I’d like to hand out:
This year is drawing to a close, so it is time to take a look back at some of the most interesting topics or events of the year. In no particular order, here are what I think are some of the top stories of 2013.
1. Should Mount Pleasant elected officials use their smartphones during official town meetings?
“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” - Novelist Chuck Palahniuk
Sights and sounds of the people going round, everybody’s in touch with the season.
When I decided to write about all the proposals for fair systems of evaluating public school teachers, my head started spinning. First of all, the person writing this piece, and all the people reading it, owe a debt of gratitude to the teachers who taught us how to read. Part of the evaluation of the teachers all of us had is in how well we read …
Proving once again that past is prelude, a South Carolinian has very noticeably taken matters into his own hands when the federal government got out of line. No – this time there was no cannon shot involved. I’m referring to Chris Cox , a native of Mount Pleasant, who made national news last week when he took a lawn mower to the high …
“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”
“Don’t throw the day away. Don’t burn the Pig.” Dave Matthews’ song, “Pig”
What local issues do people east of the Cooper seem most interested in as we move out of the summer season and into fall? Based on conversations around town and on media activity, these seem to be the current hot topics:
Based on reader response, it seems the discussion of singling out texting while driving has really struck a nerve. This discussion will continue until Mount Pleasant Town Council takes further action in September, and they appear to be moving toward passing an ordinance banning texting while driving.
For those of you concerned about my opposition to the Mount Pleasant ban on texting while driving, let me assure you that this column is not being texted or typed into my smart phone while driving. The irony is that I could be dictating it into a hands free device while driving and still be in compliance with these type of ordinances. …
I'm kicking off a text campaign aimed at Mount Pleasant Town Council members. It starts right here in the Moultrie News. Text your town council member this week and tell them not to pass a no-texting-while-driving ordinance. Then, let's see if any of them looked at our texts while they were driving. The ordinance these nanny-staters are …
A surfer and writer by the name of Jaimal Yogis has written a great book that is part of my summer reading list. His book, “The Fear Project,” (2013, Rodale), examines the most basic instinct of living organisms. One of the major points of the book is that without a properly working, instinctive fear mechanism for protection, we might …
People around here are still discussing one issue that will be one of the defining ones of our era: same-sex marriage. One of the funniest sights in this entire cultural debate was the young guy holding up a sign that read, “Why can't we be miserable too?” But here's an interesting and more substantive quote from the authors of a …
How does a columnist avoid the clichéd, predictable Fourth of July column? There are some subjects about which almost everything insightful has already been said.
There are moments when we all just have to stop thinking about the cares and events of life, experience a dramatic moment in the natural world, and revel in the joy of just being alive. Watching Sunday’s Super Moon rise over the marsh to the east of Mount Pleasant was one of those moments for me.
I’d like to thank all the readers who tried to help me start a Twitter trend with last week’s column.
To the Twitterverse and beyond.
Every now and then, it helps to put the current political and cultural climate in perspective by imagining the movers’ and shakers’ answers to the age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road?”
If the world were a rational place, men would ride sidesaddle. - Rita Mae Brown
(Note to readers – due to the printing schedule, this column had to be written prior to Tuesday’s special election outcome.)