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Seasonal Selections: March’s Milk March

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Before the sudden burst of fresh vegetables, we, at GrowFood Carolina, are celebrating a few of our favorite products that are available year-round, including all things dairy: Lowcountry Creamery milk, yogurt and crème fraiche and cheeses from Split Creek Farm, Burden Creek Dairy and Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse. South Carolina’s homegrown dairies need our support now more than ever. Dairy prices nationwide are dropping…

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Seasonal Selections: February’s Buzzworthy Partnerships

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Our plates would look a lot different without pollinators. Birds, bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, and bats all support the health and growth of plants and the world’s food supply. A 2016 report, by 124 United Nations-organized countries, found that plants that rely on pollinators account for 35 percent of global crop production volume. But, pollinator numbers worldwide are declining due to pesticides, parasites, climate…

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Firm Stance on Shifting Shorelines

Saturday, January 27, 2018

This is urgent. We need your help stopping a bill that puts coastal communities at risk. Senate Bill 927 reverses the landmark Shoreline Management Bill you fought so hard for two years ago, and cuts against more than 30 years of thoughtful beachfront policy. That bill, which became state law, established a baseline that would not move seaward and helps us find safe places to build on the coast. Last fall, DHEC released new…

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Fool me once… Dominion has a great deal for you (us)! Failure to transact? Groundhog Day on offshore drilling, but a vigorous defense of the ocean ensues. The 526 mystery. Great news for elephants!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Folks, As the sun streams through the ice gaps on Tradd Street and, to paraphrase Charleston Airport head Paul Campbell, “Mother Nature takes care of the snow,” (at a truly “glacial” pace), the Post and Courier continues to shine the light on South Carolina’s primordial regulatory system.  (Thawing of both may begin in the near future, we hope.) The latest case in point is this article by Andrew Brown, revealing that most members of the South Carolina…

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Real winter! Fake tweets. Saving species for almost half a century. Where we came from. Unmanly men. Don’t mess with Texas! Folly Road on the rebound. A new jewel in SC’s crown of public land.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Folks, Finally!  Bona fide winter weather! It seems like years since we’ve had seriously cold temperatures on New Year’s Day.  Last year’s balmy January weather snookered South Carolina peach trees and blueberry bushes into flowering at least a month early, setting the stage for a cold snap in March that destroyed 90 percent of both crops. If this year’s trend continues, we’ll have appropriately cold winter weather until March, and abundant peaches and blueberries in the spring. On…

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Reindeer on your roof. Santa, or the tax bill? Save Audrey II! Bears among us. Restoring Crab Bank.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Folks, If you heard the sound of hooves on your roof Sunday night, it could have been Santa (or Mrs. Santa) on their annual worldwide tour.  (Do they drive two sleighs?  I think so, for coverage.)  You might have confirmed this if you visited the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa Tracker website.  This article from National Public Radio reports on the origin of NORAD’s famous Santa program, which began 60 years ago (long…

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Septic tank = Ocean? The flawed case for Arctic oil. Shame and anger over plastics. Progress at Surfside! Disrespecting North Charleston? Money for flooding. Nuclear plant = 1/2 the price of the Civil War. Kneel-in!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Folks, I’ll begin this week’s news summary with the topic “politicians who say things that don’t seem to make sense.” This article from the Post and Courier reports that despite abundant evidence that offshore seismic testing and oil drilling threaten South Carolina’s tourism economy and the coastal environment on which it depends, Georgetown Senator Stephen Goldfinch is all for it. Post and Courier: As many oppose coastal gas and oil exploration, South Carolina Sen. Stephen Goldfinch…

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Threats to credit ratings, bogus and real. Why Vancouver is delightful. Bad zoning makes bad communities. Young farmers on the rise. Dolphins love Beaufort! Goldfinch doesn’t love dolphins. Or public participation…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Folks, Every year or so, a politician pronounces that something he supports must be done to protect the city or county’s credit rating.  Consider Charleston County Council, for example, where I-526 boosters have routinely justified building the interstate to Johns Island because our “bond rating would suffer” if they didn’t.  This was always hogwash and most people knew it. But here’s a real threat to local government credit.  Bloomberg News reports that Moody’s, the bond rating agency, will…

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The two most important conservation groups you’ve never heard of. The expanding greenbelt. Marsh transit in Cape Romain. Hardeeville on steroids. Two centuries to fix the Battery? How to fix democracy.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Folks, The Thanksgiving weekend was glorious in every way.  The rainy, cool day of thanks was perfect for running.  Charleston’s Marc Embler set a state record in Charleston’s Turkey Day 5-kilometer race, in the “antique” category, (in which I was an “also ran”), with a blistering 17:43 time.  It was also ideal for leisurely dining, without the anxiety of cleaning up in time for an afternoon outing. We took our Thanksgiving field trip to Bulls Island…

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Democracy in Ohio. Bears Ear National Monument? Ocean sanctuaries no more. But a reprieve for elephants. Marsh tackies population explosion. Lowcountry food every month. Rudy catches a snake (again). Pedestrians of the world unite!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Once an idea has taken hold of the American people’s minds, whether it’s a just one or an unreasonable one, nothing is more difficult than to uproot it.  The same thing has been observed in England, the European country which for the past century has had the greatest liberty of thought and also the most invincible prejudices. Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” Democracy is the worst form of government,…

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