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Thank you to The Daniel Island News for asking me for a County Council update during this holiday season. All of us on Daniel Island have so much to be thankful for to live in this beautiful and world-class community. Likewise, we can be thankful that our county government is finishing 2017 in a...
Editor’s Note: As another year draws to a close and a new one begins, it is time for an annual Daniel Island News exclusive. While traditional media report on the top news stories of the year ending, Dalton Williams gazes over the horizon for a peak at the top news stories of the year yet to come....
“More than 20,000 plants and animals are on the brink of disappearing forever,” according to a National Geographic report, which raises an obvious question: which ones should we save? Or perhaps, as some recommend, we should let endangered species go and allow nature to take its course? That’s the...
Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission. News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge...
As many residents know, several City of Charleston amenities on Daniel Island sustained damage during Hurricane Irma. I wanted to provide the community with an update on the progress the city has made in making needed repairs to these facilities. I am happy to report that the majority of repairs...
Out of every 100,000 people on earth, six of them (yes, just six) live to be 100. So it pays to reason that, when a centenarian speaks, it’s worth listening. And then there’s Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara. A longevity expert credited with helping extend the life span of people in his native country,...
  My favorite dish at our holiday dinners never has anything to do with food. It’s the savory conversations that I crave. The heartfelt chatter of close family and friends enhances each occasion like a special mix of spices. Salty. Sweet. Sometimes a little nutty.  “Remember when…?” “I have...
In just 19 minutes, Hans Rosling will change the way you view the world. His stunning presentation makes clear: it’s time to stop using the term “developing world.” It no longer fits, it’s no longer appropriate and the data, simply, does not support it. Rosling’s TED talk is one of the most...
‘The agent of change is Mark Smith’ On Nov. 28 we have a very important runoff election for SC House District 99 and the Daniel Island community. As a former candidate in the Republican primary for the District, I have experienced how important it is that we send a highly qualified and ethical...
To state the obvious, federal spending matters. It drives the need for federal taxes. When federal taxes don’t pay for all the government we use, deficits occur. And a deficit is nothing more than a deferred tax – the bill will get paid, it’s just handed to the next generation. Our nation’s debt...

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