I recently attended the National League of Cities conference. This annual event, attended by representatives from thousands of cities, provides local leaders with resources, contacts and continuing education. The League is focused on helping cities build stronger communities. Advocacy, job creation, economic growth, effective policy making, and feasible collaboration are only a few of the topics we explored for continuing and creating sustainable, vibrant communities.
Could millions of college dropouts get a second chance through a GED-style equivalent of a college diploma? In today's age of blue-collar blues and online education, the idea of college-equivalency exams doesn't sound so outlandish anymore.
WASHINGTON -- Introducing her husband on Super Tuesday night, Ann Romney said women this election season are interested in jobs, the economy and the debt.
"Oops." That single word in a November 2011 presidential debate endeared then-candidate Rick Perry to some voters and allowed him to be written off by others.
They put the war dead in the library. The Yankees took all of the livestock, food, and feed. The hungry rats quickly became a problem.
Americans praise civility, but we constantly reward rudeness. That annoying fact of life helps to explain why the blessings that Rush Limbaugh brought to the Republican base recently turned into a curse.
This coming Saturday, publisher Mike Mischner, Localife/West Wateree Chronicle Editor Keri Todd Boyce and I (and our families) will attend the S.C. Press Association's (SCPA) winter meeting. If we're very lucky, we might pick up a few awards. At the very least, we'll enjoy a lovely meal, a very nice hotel and one of the better beaches on South Carolina's coast.
Some might call Rush Limbaugh the "slut" after his mediocre apology to keep advertisers in bed with him after the Sandra Fluke debacle. Eight of his sponsors have walked out the door unsatisfied with the conservative talk show host's remarks.
My, my, isn't Rush Limbaugh getting contrite now that his advertisers are abandoning him?
Speak no ill of the dead. So goes a saying from ancient Greece. I must beg for an exception in the case of the late Andrew Breitbart. Like Donald Trump, Breitbart had his sweet and gentle side, but that's not what made him interesting.
WASHINGTON -- Dear Mitt: Consider me a neighbor leaning over the picket fence. You have a picket fence, don't you? An ivy-covered wall? Fine, I'll get a ladder.
Localism is trending today in the realms of food and finance. The institution of the local community newspaper is also popular, but it wasn't blogged into being - it was born long before videos started going viral. Major-metropolitan newspapers may be a slowly dying breed, but community newspapers prove that American journalism is alive, well and living in the rural areas, small towns and suburbs of our land.
WASHINGTON -- Who'd have thought that Rush Limbaugh would become the great uniter in this divisive political season?
Life often becomes so hectic that an individual would like to hide. Walt Disney's movie gave a hint with the lyrics "Everybody needs a laughing place to go, ho, ho." If someone can have a laughing place, he certainly needs a hiding place when no laughter exists. Such a place is possible. All an individual needs is the ability to leave his body while still standing in line or facing a tirade of some sort. Of course, the individual must be able to reenter reality and have some gist of what has occurred there. I have long had a ...
Add Olympia Snowe's name to the list of senators exiting Washington D.C., in 2012. The moderate senator from Maine announced last Tuesday that she will not be seeking re-election to the Senate where she has served for nearly two decades.
Lying is in the news these days.
WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.
One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.
Murder is a strong word and truth be known it's not really what happens (unfortunately) when a crape myrtle, a Southern signature tree is topped, but it has become a familiar vernacular amongst plant people. If crape myrtles did in fact die when they were butchered, then the practice would stop.
Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.
"Seriously, moron? How about just clean up the place already!"
On Feb. 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina (USC) received a text message warning "SHOTS FIRED" -- two words which would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.
During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."
One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.
I'm reading that two boxers – Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao – have agreed to whomp on each other for $250 million.
WASHINGTON -- Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.
It seems one of my favorite topics to write this column about each week is the news media. It's only natural I have a keen interest in the news; it is my chosen profession, after all.
We are working on a Boykin Spaniel exhibit at the Camden Archives and Museum. Our curator of collections, Rickie Good, is an avowed dog lover whose household is home to four big dogs. She is absolutely in heaven working on this exhibit. With thousands of photographs of Boykin Spaniels on disk at her desk, she declares each one she opens is the cutest. Choosing the puppies to be featured in the exhibit has been a joyful and overwhelming task for her. Listening to her talk to her computer companions has made me remember all of the canine buddies who have ...
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