CHARLESTON, S.C. -- By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.
Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.
When I was a wise-elbowed, wet nosed kid barely out of college, a lot of people used to annoy me with questions about what I wanted to do for a living.
(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)
Listen up, local public bodies: the S.C. Supreme Court recently ruled in a North Augusta case which I hope will make clearer -- if not settle once and for all -- how you enter executive sessions.
It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.
(In last month's column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn't handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.)
WASHINGTON -- In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late Monday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.
One of the questions of the tragic killing of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is, why him? And, why now?
I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.
(This is one I wrote a number of years ago. In honor of my father, I am re-running it for Father's Day. May all fathers out there be as great as mine, and may they all know, wherever they are, how much they mean to us.)
Would you welcome seven fawns, six flying squirrels, four prairie dogs, nine tortoises and nine cottontail rabbits into your home … all at once? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" if you are Camden resident Margaret Buckelew. Buckelew is the founder and operator of Pine Tree Hill Wildlife Care and Exotic Rescue, and she answers the call of duty for wildlife and exotic animals in Kershaw County and several surrounding counties.
WASHINGTON -- Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge.
My father and I managed to arrive before sundown, the downtown New Orleans skyline spread before us on I-10 as it jogged through the city before heading further west. Our actual destination: a small home in Metarie, La., just outside the Crescent City, where we would stay for the next four nights on my first-ever visit to the Big Easy, a belated 50th birthday present from my Dad.
WASHINGTON -- If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.
There's an old joke claiming a new computer is obsolete by the time you buy it.
WASHINGTON -- It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.
WASHINGTON -- Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare -- as opposed to "attacking the ...
The world, and life in general, is filled with sadness, despair, hopelessness, hatred, evil, negativity and sorrow of all kinds. Sorry to be such a ...
What's your favorite pet: dog or cat? What do you prefer on your hot dog: mustard or ketchup? Who do you like for president ...
I read the other day Stephen Hawking is leading a new effort to look for extraterrestrial life.
A friend said something the other day which has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and ...
America is No. 1 in the world for the number of cats with an estimated 74 million felines. Experts believe there are millions of unspayed ...
There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we ...
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