The Advocate

Jay Williams, Jr.

The roar permeated the night air well before they appeared. Suddenly 12 motorcycles flew across Columbus Street and careened down King Street, the leaders with the green light, the remainder blasting through the red. Weaving in and out of traffic, they thundered down the street, and as cars braked and veered to miss them, pedestrians froze to watch. Engines revving, neon lights aglow, the pack picked up more speed as traffic thinned before they turned, racing west on Broad Street, engines screaming into the night.

 

By David Bakradze 

Anniversaries are times for both celebration and reflection in the lives of individuals and nations. In 2017 the Republic of Georgia and the United States celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two nations. I am optimistic about what the next 25 years will bring for this important relationship that promotes security and stability in our region and around the world. 

By Kent Hutchinson

Charleston has always played a major role in the defense of our nation. Even after the 1990’s closing of our Navy base during the BRAC process, Joint Base Charleston continues to plays a major role in thousands of lives across the Lowcountry. Beyond that, many of our local veterans first served elsewhere and have returned home or they’ve migrated to the military-friendly environment that South Carolina offers.

The Advocate

Jay Williams, Jr.

When the carriages bring fresh loads of tourists down King Street south of Broad, a driver may announce that the Board of Architectural Review has preserved these historic districts since 1931.

A century of economic challenges, aided by visionary preservationists and the BAR saved Charleston’s old houses and buildings from demolition. That preservation movement sparked Charleston’s fame and become a magnet for growth.

Today that growth is a mixed blessing — overwhelming the BAR and the defenses that protect our history and the city itself.

By Charles W. Waring III

Meet the guy who sat just a few feet from President Trump and his family at the recent inauguration. Indeed, he not only has access to the new president and his team, he is also co-chairman of Gov. Henry McMaster’s transition team. Standing astride both national and Palmetto State politics equally — and adroitly — he is South Carolina’s “Man of the Moment.”

At the kind introduction of Elizabeth Sher, our famed outdoor photographer, yours truly met Ed McMullen several years ago. I soon learned that Ed enjoyed a few of my own favorites — the shooting sports, politics and Italian cuisine — but I had no idea that Ed would soon be influencing the national and state political worlds in ways unexpected from an unassuming old-school gentleman. I saw no “hungry-like-the-wolf” killer instincts that most operatives have; instead, I observed a sharp mind and genteel demeanor.

By Patra Taylor

In an industry that runs on ratings, the host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight seems indifferent to the numbers game playing out around him. Instead, the political junkie constantly focuses on his next show … on finding his next guest and preparing for that next on-air conservation about to unfold. When the lights go up and the cameras turn on, the host takes action — donning the mantle of “the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness and groupthink” before lobbing his first pointed question at his guest, hoping to ignite a spirited debate that engages his growing audience in the process.

It’s game on.

The Advocate

By Jay Williams, Jr.

 

More change is coming to Charleston. But many residents say there’s no plan to manage it, that the existing rules aren’t being enforced and that the city has reached — or passed — the tipping point from being a livable, working small city to a bustling tourist town.

Mercury newspaper racks are located at the following locations:

The Meeting Street Inn

Clair's Service Station at 334 Folly Rd.

Harris Teeter on Houston-Northcutt Blvd.

The Square Onion in I'On

Mt. Pleasant Library on Mathis Ferry Rd.