None of us can be completely sure what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would say if he were alive today. But it’s a safe bet that he would see America's advances as a mixed bag — with much more work to do.In a July 30, 1967, speech in Charleston, Dr. King warned a crowd of about 3,000 people against becoming complacent.“We made some strides. We made some progress here and there, and it hasn’t been enough. It hasn’t been fast enough. We still have a long, long way to go,” he said. “The plant of freedom has brought only a bud, not a flower.”That’s still true today.Certainly there has been progress on many fronts. But black public school students in the Charleston area still lag behind their white peers. Prison populations in South Carolina remain disproportionately black. And the wealth gap between black and white households appears in some cases to be widening.Dr. King knew progress was incremental. “Human progress is neither … [Read more...] about Editorial: What would MLK say?
After delivering an all-time-high 145 Dreamliner jets last year, Boeing Co. 787 plants in North Charleston and the Seattle area are expected to repeat their record-setting performance in 2019.That's largely because of the production increase from 12 to 14 jets per month.Boeing won't say exactly when the rate will tick up, if it hasn't already, citing the "quiet period" prior to next week's quarterly and year-end earnings report.But the company's North Charleston campus started preparing for the boost in 2018 and planned to hire hundreds of people to support the higher rate.It's not clear how many people now work at Boeing South Carolina because the aerospace firm hasn't updated the annual labor report on its website.It's likely Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will address the ramp-up during his Jan. 30 teleconference with financial analysts.In the meantime, analyst Uresh Sheth, who tracks Dreamliner production on his All Things 787 website, said he thinks Boeing "will break rate by … [Read more...] about As more Boeing SC 787s are built, analyst expects another delivery record
What do you call a hotel with 150 guestrooms, a full-service spa, an oceanfront restaurant and a boardwalk along the dunes?Kiawah Island Golf Resort is crowd-sourcing possible names for its new waterfront hotel, which is one component of the seaside destination's ongoing multi-phase expansion. The resort put out a call online this week for ideas.If a submitted name is selected, the resort will provide the entrant with a complimentary two-night stay during its grand opening, which is planned for the spring of 2021. Entrants are encouraged to do an online search before entering to ensure their ideas won't infringe on existing copyrights and trademarks. They're also reminded the new hotel will be a "five-star beach house to The Sanctuary's seaside mansion." Finding the right distinction between the 225-room AAA Five Diamond-rated Sanctuary and the smaller new lodging was one of the motivations for opening up the naming, said resort spokesman Bryan Hunter. The resort … [Read more...] about Kiawah Island’s expanding resort wants you to name its new waterfront hotel
South Carolina's income tax rules include dozens of tax credits, some of them simple and very valuable, and some that are terribly complex and worth very little.The state's tax credit form lists only five by name, and leaves it up to taxpayers to fill in the blanks with other credits for which they qualify. Here's a look at them, including some new additions.Insurance creditI know from feedback on previous columns that too few homeowners have been aware of the "excess insurance premium" credit, which is particularly valuable to coastal residents with high insurance costs.Here's how it works: If the cost of insuring your legal residence in 2018 exceeded 5 percent of your federal adjusted gross income, you can claim the difference, up to $1,250, as a state tax credit. If you didn't know about this before, and would have qualified in the last several years, consider filing amended returns if enough money is at stake.New for 2018:Full-year South Carolina residents who qualify for the … [Read more...] about Valuable SC income tax breaks to be aware of (and 1 that’s just annoying)
After the 1980s battle over Charleston Place — which was among the most intense development fights that the city has seen in its long history — there was the fight over Hotel Bennett.More than a decade ago, as developer Mike Bennett laid plans for his grand new namesake property on Marion Square, preservation groups fought back hard, specifically over its height.Would it simply be too tall?Some feared Bennett's eight-story building would tower over the Old Citadel, the hotel's eastern neighbor and the square's primary historic landmark. More broadly, they objected to a height they felt was out of character with the historic city, which since has seen a deluge of taller buildings going up.The preservationists took their case to the state's highest court, lost and pretty much moved on.But they have few regrets. One principle of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review is this: “New construction should be sympathetic to the historic features that characterize … [Read more...] about Preservationists have few reservations about their Hotel Bennett fight