Who Writes Op Eds About Chickens?
Op ed columnists have long intrigued writer Patra Taylor. In January 2019, she decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing, feet first…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half. As fate would have it, The Chicken and the Egg Plant virtually wrote itself when she discovered that the chickens AND the eggs, the subjects of the article, were located in Marion, Ohio, a mere hop, skip and a jump from her hometown of Lima, Ohio. And these chickens and eggs were the predicates for human trafficking!
Which came first?
If you want to read more, check out Taylor’s January op ed entitled Shall We Stay or Shall we Go?
About the Charleston Mercury
The Charleston Mercury was founded by Henry L. Pinckney in 1819. He was its sole editor for 15 years. It ceased publication with the Union Army occupation of Charleston. After the Civil War, publication resumed in November 1866 before the newspaper closed permanently two years later in 1868.
The paper’s name was dormant until March 2000 when Charles W. Waring III and a group of investors started the Charleston Mercury online. The newspaper covered the inauguration of George W. Bush on a daily basis in January 2001. In October 2002, Waring took the paper to print. From that point until March 2013, the paper published every two weeks; from March 2013 until the present, the paper has published a monthly edition under the ownership of Holy City Productions, LLC, an independent media firm owned by Waring and a group of investors. The Charleston Mercury reaches roughly 50,000 affluent readers in the greater Charleston area.