Feb. 13, 2015 -- Let's begin with the obvious: South Carolina State is a mess. No, it's way beyond a mess; it is on life support and its very existence is in grave danger.
WASHINGTON -- There's a very 2001 feel to President Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.
In the almost 40 years I've spent in public education, I have seen a lot of change. When I started in 1975, schools had rotary dial phones, duplicating was done with purple ditto machines, dry erase boards had not replaced chalkboards, special education was a brand new and somewhat unknown mandate, many girls sports were in their infancy, attendance was done in paper registers, and computers and the internet were barely on the horizon. (OK, OK. I won't say that we walked to school uphill both ways barefoot in the snow…)
A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egotistical and quite a bully.
Last week, I mentioned I'm a fan of NCIS: New Orleans. I'm also a fan of the original NCIS and its other spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles. NCIS, as you might know, is a spin-off itself of JAG, which started on NBC and then moved to CBS, home of the NCIS franchises.
• Mary Katherine entered the convent, and the Mother Superior told her, "Sister, this is a silent order. You are welcome to stay here as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so."
WASHINGTON -- As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.
I often write here about the news of the day, whether it is on a local level, statewide or beyond. There certainly is plenty of it, especially with so many news outlets on the internet and cable and satellite TV. Well, that may be a stretch sometimes, as many of the news outlets will report just about anything with little to no regard for the truth or whether a topic or event is indeed newsworthy.
WWII brought about the greatest migration of U. S. citizens. Millions joined the Armed Forces and went to training facilities outside of their local area and many were transferred overseas, while the need for mass production moved countless citizens to new locales to find jobs in industry.
At the close of this school year, I will have spent 16 consecutive years at Camden Elementary School, yet in four-months, I will no longer have children meandering through its halls. It will mark the end of countless bagged lunches, signed report cards, book bags and hours of recess. The time we spent there, though a mere singular season of our lives, was good to us and filled with remarkable memories of a myriad of field trips, assemblies and favorite teachers. And in my genuine reflections, what (or who) has made the most significant imprint on my mind? My thoughts ...
WASHINGTON -- These are tough times for NBC's Brian Williams -- and tougher times for journalism.
OK, so here's my geek admission of the day: I love history.
Leaving Kershaw County after living here for more than 25 years has brought a great deal of excitement about the wonderful road ahead and, as with times of change, a touch of nostalgia. I'm not nearly as prone to staring back at the past as I once was. I'd much rather focus on where I am and what lies ahead than sit around and wax nostalgically about high school days. I'm nothing like the bumpkin inside a tiny world I was then and I take a great deal of pride in that. I'd also like to ...
"The robot revolution may be gentler than we thought," began an article on CNN.com about a new hotel in Japan's Nagasaki prefect.
My husband was out of town, working on location, when he called one night and discovered I was still working though the hour had grown late.
"Hey," said the guy next to me at the blackjack table, "you know what they call people who hang around casinos?"
WASHINGTON -- President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.
Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.
Spring is here in the City and the Bradford pears look so pretty.
If I had to list the drivers people have asked me about over the years, Kurt Busch wouldn't be in the top 10.
WASHINGTON -- I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish it to be.
Today's reflection is about things I just don't do anymore.
Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint and their homes are not burglarized. But, they are the victims of theft just the same. Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.
From 1999 to 2006, I tuned in to every episode of "The West Wing" starring Martin Sheen. It was one of the smartest shows I've ever watched with a superb cast and excellent writing. Like every television show, it had its ups and downs. Its detractors felt it was too idyllic and -- being an Aaron Sorkin product, like "The Newsroom" in more recent years -- too preachy.
You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised I sometimes see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with the disagreement.
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