NEW YORK -- Despite its considerable gains in the midterm elections, the GOP has a problem looming in the margins named Sarah Palin.
I had a rather pleasing weekend for a liberal-minded man.
Veterans Day is a day to honor those individuals who have fought to maintain the freedoms we have in the United States of America. It has never been a very significant holiday, especially compared to rival holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. For most people it may not be more than a day off work or an opportunity to view a parade. But for some us, it is a deeply personal holiday as we think about the sacrifice of service our loved ones have made. In fact, there are usually veterans and their families all around us, living their lives unnoticed ...
NEW YORK -- Helen Reddy's iconic "I am woman, hear me roar" is more likely to cause a cringe than goose bumps these days -- more a comical anthem to bra-burning histrionics than the soundtrack to a serious movement aimed at greater equality.
You might think that Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, founding fathers of "fake news" and "truthiness," chose a controversy-free theme in staging their "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Washington Mall. After all, who could be opposed to sanity?
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Musings after an election season that lasted far too long:
It never fails.
Take 10 unassuming athletes, add an untiring and resolute coach, and you have the ingredients of one spirited and determined boys cross country team at Camden High School. For the first time in the school's history, the Region 6-AAA trophy will take up residence in her trophy case. Head Coach Jerry Stokes shares in the team's victory with his accolade of conference coach of the year. Coach Stokes trains, you could say, with old school ideology. He encourages his runners at a distance, giving them the space needed to develop their own style, though nearby to provide the ...
NEW YORK -- Two words: Narrative, schmarrative.
The most important thing a high school or college student can do, if they haven't already, is find a focus, in terms of their career. Preferably, this focus is a passion of theirs.
NEW YORK -- It's always risky to appear onstage with a comedian. Not only are funny guys funny but they're aggressive.
Political correctness may be the biggest stealth issue in this political season, partly because people are afraid to talk about it.
Some people love the Constitution so much that they just can't wait to change it.
I don't know if it was unconscious decision on my part due to the Halloween season, but I have found myself enmeshed in the classic mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.
Tax inversions. Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich. Spinning off tangible assets into real estate investment trusts. Son-of-BOSS shelters.
I completed my bachelor's degree the first week of August, so I was thrilled to snag a job at the Chronicle-Independent a little more than a week later.
It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.
Our family has spent many a pleasant summer day with several families from the Dillon area and the experience is always enjoyable and the manner in which they address their friends, neighbors and kinfolk is like taking a step back in the "Old South." Everyone seems to have a prefix or you are a tourist just stopping by.
There is no longer any doubt that America still has a long way to go before it can say that it has grown beyond the prejudices and fear and tragic cycle of action and reaction when it comes to relations between blacks and whites.
Last week we spent a few minutes talking about being the best in the world in a particular field.
The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.
I have admitted in this column many times that I have become a "grumpy old man." Well, folks, here I go again. I often blame technology and the instant sharing of news and opinions on many of society's ills, and that's what I'm doing again today.
I have many colleagues who are of the turf persuasion and we have come to an understanding to agree to disagree. I think grass is a weed, they think a tree is a weed -- in nature the two aren't meant to meet. This is why only grass grows on the Great Plains and only trees grow in the forest. But since we aren't on the Plains or in the forest, we try and get plants to co-exist in arranged landscape designs we like to see.
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