By Stuart Kaufman 

At the very end of February, I reached my 75th year. When I drew my first breath, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin still polluted the Earth with their presence, Winston Churchill was prime minister of Great Britain and Franklin Delano Roosevelt resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A great deal of history has transpired since then and I came to the shocking realization that to this point, I have lived for more than one-third of the existence of the United States of America.

The Advocate

By Jay Williams, Jr.

As Venice, Italy plans a multi-billion dollar mainland cruise terminal in response to cruise ship damage to the historic island city, the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SPA) is fixated on opening a new cruise terminal as close as possible to Charleston’s Historic District.

The Advocate  

By Jay Williams, Jr.

Those magazine accolades aside, Charleston is struggling.

Charleston is beautiful. It’s historic. The locals are friendly, the restaurants are amazing and the ambiance is charming. Yet for residents battling flooding, traffic, tourists and short-term rentals, the charm is fading.

We challenged five well-informed, engaged residents to think differently and offer real solutions to pivotal issues. You’ll find a common thread:

By DeWitt Zemp


Since my last article we have seen an amazing year in American politics. It has seemed like a return to my political science professor’s university course in politics 101, “the remix.”

By Stuart Kaufman

On Wednesday, December 6, President Donald Trump changed the rules that have governed diplomatic relations in the Middle East. On that day, he (drum roll) stated the obvious: President Donald John Trump acknowledged on behalf of most of the United States government (State Department apparently excluded) that Jerusalem actually is the capital of the state of Israel, as the state of Israel has insisted since its modern inception in 1948. Why is this such a big deal? Every one of the other 192 members of the United Nations has had no difficulty in having the capitals that they have designated recognized as such. Why has Jerusalem alone been set aside as the capital of a sovereign nation as that nation has insisted?

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