Opinions

Following the decennial census, governing bodies are required to reapportion their lines to ensure (nearly) one man, one vote is consistent with the Constitution.   In a booming county like Berkeley, this is emphatically important. For example, for those of us in District 2, our district has...
The Sharing Economy    The benevolent intent behind the Buy Nothing movement is commendable; however, this novel means  of charitable gift-giving should not be perceived as an effective substitute for a market economy. A more efficient method for distributing donations does not change its...
Inflation is a serious problem that is getting worse. Last week, the producer price index (PPI) registered 9.6%, the worst level in 40 years. The Federal Reserve sought only “transitory” inflation of 2%, but now it is far exceeding those forecasts. When the monetary policy of the most important...
The Daniel Island News will launch its monthly author series of 2022 on Wednesday, Jan. 26.    The first in the series features two children book authors: Vijaya Bodach and Pamela Brownstein. Bodach also wrote a contemporary young adult novel. They will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m., at...
Boyd Gregg: Uniquely qualified   Boyd Gregg, a long time Daniel Island resident and engineer who specializes in infrastructure projects for local municipalities around the country, is uniquely qualified to represent our interests on Charleston City Council. He has the right temperament to...
I just started a juice cleanse today. It’s only three days, so I’m pretty sure my family and I will make it out alive. I decided to do the cleanse because I felt like I lost sight of basic discipline and self-control when it came to eating and drinking over the holidays.   Many of you...
We all have room to improve, and there’s something about a new, blank calendar that motivates us to do so. That’s why many of us recently made resolutions to better ourselves in some way, perhaps to exercise more or kick a bad habit.   For those of us in positions of public leadership, a new...
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." — George Santayana.   Stock, bonds and real estate markets could be profoundly hurt by rising interest rates. The Federal Reserve is caught in a terrible predicament. It must quickly raise interest rates to stop today’s...
We were miles from the Shark Valley Visitors Center, deep into the Everglades National Park, when our guide Don pulled the van over to hand out head-to-toe mosquito gear complete with boots and mesh to cover our faces.    “Do we really need this?” we protested. And, “Where the heck are you...
2021 ended on an uptick. Gas prices are up. Home costs are up. Crime is up. The number of COVID variants is up. Tensions and political divisions are up. Goodbye 2021. Time for it to up and scram. Now, are we up for 2022? What lies ahead in the next 12 months? As he does each January, Dalton lifts...

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