Like a scene from “Jaws” — minus the bloody water and missing children — crowds gathered at the shoreline screaming “shark!” pointing their fingers as a large fin lurked near the shoreline between North Forest and Coligny beaches on Hilton Head Island, S.C. And there was my dad, swimming next to a shark.
The 2016 election cycle revealed a deeply unsettled spirit in many Americans. The unease they feel about their future, their families, their communities and their country was palpable. What are the sources of this discontent?
Totally in keeping with his character, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., declared, one day after it was disclosed he is suffering from a serious form of brain cancer, that "unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!" The senator also issued a toughly worded criticism of President Donald Trump's decision to end support for the Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar Assad. Mr. McCain is not going quietly into the night.
Philando Castile was a veteran of police stops, if there is such a thing. By the time he encountered his final, fatal one in July 2016, the Minnesota school cafeteria worker had been pulled over more than 49 times in 13 years. So when he calmly volunteered to officer Jeronimo Yanez that July 6 that he was carrying his legally licensed firearm, he likely thought he was doing his best to ensure the situation didn’t escalate. His girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car, for one thing. In the video recorded from Yanez’s patrol vehicle, Castile can be heard saying, “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me.” He never reached for it, but it didn’t matter. It rarely does.
On a recent Saturday evening, there clearly was no lack of police presence along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach. Within a block, uniformed officers patrolled on bicycles, on foot and on motorcycles. A visitor somehow unaware of the mayhem a month ago surely would wonder why so many police officers.
Let’s see. The sun still rises in the east. A circle is 360 degrees. Water still boils at 212 degrees. The average human body temperature is 98.6 degrees. Perfect eyesight is still 20/20. These are facts.
Hamburg, Germany, July. As world leaders gathered for the G20 summit, far-left “anti-fascist” (Antifa) rioters set fire to cars and property, terrorized residents and injured more than 200 police officers attempting to keep the peace. Did you miss it? CNN’s initial reports referred to the “protesters” as “eclectic” and “peaceful.”
It was hard not to notice the coincidental comments when two powerful politicians said essentially the same thing. President Trump, feeding some tasty raw meat to a loving crowd, reminded them – when it comes to his critics – “I’m President and they’re not.”
I am writing in regards to your brief article on the beach renourishment project in Surfside Beach. Is your reporter working with the chamber of commerce? Have them get in their car and drive a mile down the road to Calhoun Dr. in Garden City Beach. Here, three-quarters of the parking lot is now a storage lot for equipment, and hundreds of yards of beach are fenced off and lined with equipment. Bring your camera - but you will need a wide-angle lens to shoot a beach shot like the one you took in Surfside.