by Mark Y. Herring (Dean of Library Services, Dacus Library, Winthrop University) email@example.com
I believe it was Dostoyevsky who once said that the more left you are in your youth, the more right you go in your old age. Churchill had a much more colorful way of putting it: if you’re not a liberal by the time you’re 20, you have no heart. If you’re still one after you turn 30, you have no brain. While both are political in nature, I think they speak to our trying times, not because our times are more politically challenging than they have been in past, but because they are perhaps more supercharged than in recent memory.
The times, you see, they are a–changin’. They are not just changing politically with many recently elected bringing with them a different view of government. They are changing with respect to the financially austere times. Some look upon this as if the trumpet has sounded for Armageddon. Others smile, if ruefully, thinking that our past approaches were simply not fiscally sustainable. In many ways, we’re all fiscal conservatives now, if not by philosophy, then by demand.
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Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.