Reversing what has become known as “Toxic Charity,” or helping the needy without teaching them to help themselves, is the goal of the city of Myrtle Beach, and the mission of the nonprofits of New Directions. But that approach is not, and should not, be required of churches or all community organizations serving the homeless.
When future historians analyze the decline of America they need look no further than the trivialities increasingly occupying our time and concerns instead of substantive matters seriously threatening our existence.
We live in a world in which power is dispersed. You can’t intimidate people by chopping your enemies to bits in the town square. Even the presidency isn’t a powerful enough office to allow a leader to rule by fear. You have to build coalitions by appealing to people’s self-interest and by luring them voluntarily to your side.
It is crucial that Coastal Carolina University makes sure that Linda Ketron’s successor as director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is someone with the experience and commitment necessary to nurture a program that has served to connect the university to residents, especially retirees, in the community.
The fight against the Islamic State has focused largely on Iraq and Syria, where the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has seized large swaths of land and established a firm presence. But some regional members of the anti-Islamic State coalition of more than 60 nations are now pressing the administration to carry the fight to other terrorist groups.
“Budgets are ideological documents,” not reliable guides to actual final legislation, as House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., conceded – and the ideology embodied in the GOP blueprint would lay waste to so much of the federal government that even many Republicans might recoil from enacting it.
The insistence of image-conscious politicians and other public officials that the violence during Saturday night’s protests was the work of “outside agitators” is also unproductive. The fact is that of the 31 adults arrested, 28 were from Maryland.
In 1972, no state permitted same-sex marriages. Today, 36 do, as does the District of Columbia. But 13 states ban it (its status in Alabama is unclear). Will the Supreme Court make it legal everywhere?
In South Carolina, Daniel’s Law, allows someone to turn in an newborn baby less than 30 days old to a police or fire station or hospital without prosecution or questions. Why didn’t the Socastee mom use that law?
The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project, founded by artist Jonathan Green, aims to help black youngsters more easily see and understand the vital contributions of their Gullah Geechee ancestors to Southeastern U.S. culture.
Improving Coast RTA, the region’s public transit system, should be the goal of the Horry County Council. Doing so will require setting aside frustrations and helping ensure that the new Coast CEO is the best person for the job.
While much of the oil from the BP spill has evaporated, been consumed by bacteria or widely dispersed, its poisons linger in marshes and wetlands, deep-sea corals are visibly damaged, and scientists have estimated that millions of gallons settled in roughly 1,200 square miles of the ocean floor.
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