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22 Aug 35 miles of cable moving underground

35 miles of overhead cables moving underground along one-mile stretch of Beaufort’s Boundary Street Talk about a tip of the iceberg: Although Beaufort’s Boundary Street Corridor Improvement project is just over one-mile long, some 35 miles of power and communications cabling are being moved from aboveground poles to underground conduits. The duct bank work – relocating the overhead lines below ground – is a major element of the $33 million construction project scheduled for completion in 2018. The change will create a safer driving environment as well as reduce the urban clutter. “The...

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22 Aug Plastic Bags! What, if anything, should we do about them?

Several months ago a campaign was launched to find an alternative to plastic bags littering our waterways, our beaches, our highways and streets, parks and neighborhoods and endangering wildlife. The immediate reaction from the State Legislature was to propose a law that would ban local governments from banning plastic bans.  Fortunately, the measure was withdrawn our of respect for local government or more likely because it could not attract support.. That is not to say that the issue should be swept under the rug.  It is to say that local governments should have the...

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22 Aug Stormwater Update

Last week I spent the better part of the day walking storm water ditches in Mossy Oaks/Royal Oaks, sometimes with neighbors who explained how the block or blocks around them were impacted by the heavy rains. I am no engineer but it does not take a rocket scientist to realize that stormwater running all the way from Mossy Oaks Road through the neighborhood to First Boulevard and then through the duck pond to Battery Creek has no clear path because some of the pipes, ditches and culverts are clogged but more importantly...

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22 Aug Uncovering History

As the nation debates historical statues that "should be removed" or "should be preserved" or "should be modified" we should al be mindful of some deserving  statues that were never built because many unsung heroes whose story was never told.  Our community and others, going far back into history has many role models the next generation should know about. This is a good place to start. The following is a story/profile written by David Lauderdale and printed in the Packet/Gazette.  Thank you David. Facing down bigotry: Here’s a Beaufort County hero we should...

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22 Aug “NEVER FORGET” an interesting read from Atlanta Jewish Leader

Opinion: ‘Never forget’ remains an apt slogan for democracy Extracted from Atlanta Journal Constitution by Dov Wilker, American Jewish Congress In Holocaust education, we use the phrase “Never Forget.” While referring specifically to the six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis, Never Forget has a broader meaning — never to allow the abandonment of democratic values, the loss of moral clarity. Opinion: ‘Never forget’ remains an apt slogan for democracy  ...

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22 Aug 41,000 small businesses agree on at least one thing

Over 41,000 businesses call on dropping Atlantic from oil drilling plan Date: August 18, 2017 From: Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast (BAPAC) Subject: Over 41,000 businesses call on dropping Atlantic from oil drilling plan Contact: Frank Knapp, President/CEO of BAPAC, 803-497-3204 (w), 803-600-6874 (c), fknapp@protectingtheatlanticcoast.org Columbia, SC—The Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast (BAPAC) has filed comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is developing a five-year plan for offshore oil leasing. BAPAC is the leading business organization opposing seismic testing and offshore drilling for oil in the Atlantic....

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22 Aug Pat Conroy Literary Center earns prestigious affiliation

The Pat Conroy Literary Center Is Now an Affiliate of the American Writers Museum The Pat Conroy Literary Center has been newly selected as an affiliate of the American Writers Museum--the first site in South Carolina to receive this national designation. "For our Conroy Center to be approved as an AWM affiliate on the basis of our first year's worth of public programming and operations speaks volumes about all that we are doing here in Beaufort and beyond to continue Pat Conroy's literary legacy." said Conroy Center executive director Jonathan Haupt. "It's...

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22 Aug What to do with John C. Calhoun? Mayor Tecklenburg has a good suggestion

Out of all the ideas floating around about how to "deal with" historical monuments that represent only part of a long and complicated story,  Charleston Mayor suggests we embrace rather than destroy, but in so doing engage the entire community in learning the larger story and  amending monuments with interpretative plaques that tell it all.  Sounds like a reasonable approach to me. Charleston looks at amending — not removing — its Confederate-era monuments  ...

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