Beginning in the 1830s and continuing to about 1980, the railroad was a very important component in the "warp and weave" of the nation's fabric. During this period the railroad was one of the chief transporters of passengers, mail, and goods used in America.
I admit it.
Random thoughts on a brilliant fall afternoon:
WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain's craggy-faced Chief of Staff Mark Block took a drag off a cigarette, blew smoke at the camera and sent the political class into coughing fits.
An outraged liberal group has called for MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan for what it calls "white supremacist" views. I'd rather leave Pat and his views free to discredit themselves.
"I'd prop him up and put a pair of dark glasses on him and keep him as long as I could."
Andre Bauer must be looking for a second life in S.C. politics. Or more precisely, Andre Bauer must be looking for a second shot at a second life in S.C. politics.
WASHINGTON -- On perfectly beautiful days such as these, it is impossible to conceive of conflict.
Here's a scary thought: somewhere, sometime today, the 7 billionth living human has or will be born.
It may not rank highly in polls of voters' priorities compared to the jobs and the economy, yet immigration has taken on a central role in the 2012 presidential campaign drama.
How important is it to have presidential candidates who, when talking about Libya, know where Libya is?
So here's what one doctor told women runners who wanted to compete in distance races back in the early 1960s:
Several years ago, I visited a plastic surgeon's office to find out what kinds of "work" I needed to have done in order to look my best.
If you are over 50 years old, or were raised in a small Southern community or "from these parts," then you may have a better appreciation of this story than others would.
WASHINGTON -- The operative maxim in cable television can be summed up as follows: Is it good TV?
WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.
The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.
It's said that Bear Bryant, the legendary football coach at Alabama, once remarked, "Every man thinks he knows how to do two things perfectly: grill a steak and coach a football team."
Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse Southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of a tree's life cycle is autumn color.
WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates' names might stand for Denial.
Growing up, I had a hand full of career goals. My parents signed me up for basketball in 3rd grade, which put the idea of playing for the WNBA in my head.
Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.
It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.
In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...
On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.
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