Freedom isn't free.
SAG HARBOR, N.Y. -- Everybody wants to save the children. It's the cliche that tipped the point that jumped the shark in a perfect storm.
Last week, the House of Representatives approved a proposed state government budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 by adopting and sending to the Senate H.3700, this year's general appropriations bill, and H.3701, the joint resolution making appropriations from the capital reserve fund. The proposed $5.4 billion budget includes widespread cuts for state government agencies made necessary by the declines in state revenue in recent years and by the absence of federal stimulus funds that have been used to help offset shortfalls. Evidence of economic recovery can be found in the availability this year of $350 million above ...
I've always had a special fondness for community newspapers.
Over the past few months, in this newspaper and others, you have read a number of columns and op-ed pieces written by administrators and supporters of various programs that receive government funding and are facing the specter of budget cuts.
When someone recently asked me to name three things I can't live without, I immediately replied, "My phone, Bible and high heels."
Could NPR survive without public funding? That depends on which NPR you're talking about.
As Mayor, I am honored to have the opportunity to tell the story of Camden -- to highlight our strengths and boast about our community. Today I have the chance to tell that story to a brand new audience.
"He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels."
Eulogies for David Broder are still tumbling from the fingertips of friends and fans. He was the dean of political journalists, a man both generous and gracious, a reporter's reporter. Humble.
We are in the midst of a dynamic time for healthcare. Two factors in particular are having a major impact -- evolving models for physician practices and healthcare reform.
It just so happens that this week -- a week after we announced this paper's win in the S.C. Press Association's General Excellence category -- is Sunshine Week.
I've been doing this work for almost 36 years. Having been around public education for that long, I've seen just about every solution to increasing student academic performance that has ever been thought up, usually more than once. In the case of merit pay, this is about the third time around for me. Déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. Legislation pending in the South Carolina General Assembly would freeze teacher salaries at current levels and require State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais to have a merit pay plan ready to present to ...
Would I ever consider running for office? Amazingly, I sometimes have been asked. No way, I respond. Why would I want to put myself through all of the abuse that I put candidates through?
Several weeks ago, while at the ALPHA center talking with Paul Napper, we discussed the problems his agency and the Sheriff's Office deal with, with regard to substance abuse. We talked about the families in our county that are being destroyed by drug abuse. We talked about the rise in incidents of criminal domestic violence caused, in part, by drugs. We also talked about the dubious distinction Kershaw County has in that we have the highest DUI fatality rate in the State of South Carolina. I brought up the issue of the extreme number of housebreakings and overall stealing ...
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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