September 3, 2020

Under the Scope

Dr. Risch, professor of medicine at Yale University, recently published a review of the combination of Hydrochloraquine (HCQ), zinc and Azithromyasin for high risk, but not acutely ill patients infected with Covid-19. Dr. Risch was careful not to include...

September 3, 2020

Rarely has an essay on American history attracted as much attention or aroused as much controversy as “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, published last August in The New York Times Magazine. The essay is the introduction to “the 1619 Project,” conceived by H...

September 3, 2020

The Post and Courier has been reporting about the development of Laurel Island, a former landfill located on north Morrison Drive. A number of questions have been posed, including the speed at which the approval is progressing, what restrictions will be placed on what’...

September 3, 2020

The Metro stop Grands-Boulevards is served by both the Number Eight and Nine Metros. Three

bus lines, the 20, 32 and 39, also stop there, all on the Boulevard Montmartre. The word boulevard comes from the word for “bulwark” or defensive wall. Historically, when a city w...

September 3, 2020

I teach finance at The Citadel and the College of Charleston. Typically, that is irrelevant, but it may be a “tell” during Covid-19 because America’s unpredictable return to the classroom may impact the economy and thus financial markets. Two weeks into the fall semest...

September 3, 2020

Meet You in the Middle

One thought has recycled for months now. Often, after a night’s slumber I awake to awareness that an enormous cloud is continuing to grow over the election. Are entities tampering with the election, if so, then exactly how are they interfering? Al...

Pluff Mud Chronicles


In downtown Charleston, it’s quite easy to find history underfoot — after all, we’ve preserved an impressive number of our historic homes and buildings. As a result, we’re in the fortunate position of saying not “Near here was …” but rather...

September 3, 2020

A beautiful and gregarious beast, the roseate spoonbill has transitioned from exotic newcomer to coastal counterpart within the South Carolina Lowcountry. Vibrant pink feathers speckle our marshlands with extra color at low tide as small flocks of the bird wade in the...

September 3, 2020

Q:  You’ve dedicated a great amount of personal and legislative effort to support and uplift ailing America’s communities of color. Why do you think supporting such communities is so rarely seen as a “Republican” issue?

A: The Republican Party has always cared about sup...

September 3, 2020

The opening day of the Lowcountry’s early deer season seems to ignite a particularly unbridled passion among whitetail hunters. The social media posts of a number of folks I know suggest that these sportsmen lead an unfulfilling, indeed purgatorial, existence from Janu...

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Nearly 20 years ago, an editor noted that we are “… not the West Ashley Mercury, not the Peninsula Mercury, not the James Island Mercury…” To this day, we remain a publication for the entire Lowcountry. We send each month’s print edition to fifty fine neighborhoods in our area and to subscribers in to 34 states.  For thousands of Charleston Mercury readers, we continue the mission as he simply stated it — “to bring attention to what makes the real Lowcountry tick.” We hope all those who care about our arts, culture, outdoors, quality of life and all that "pluff mud magic" that We People love so dear will enjoy these "salmon sheets."

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