It is very, very weird to be 51 and single in the second decade of the 21st century.
WASHINGTON -- You could say it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, it's hell to have a public record.
In working on the next changing exhibit at the archives, I have had to research the Battle of Hobkirk Hill pretty extensively. I am the first one to admit I never specifically studied the Revolutionary War or the Civil War, though there were specialized courses on them in graduate school. It just wasn't "my thing." But upon learning the principal player in the next exhibit, John Bartlam, was reported by the South Carolina militia after the Revolution as a Loyalist who "died" before 1783, I had to track that part of his story down.
Last week in Charleston, a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big and colorful and covers the whole outside wall of a building on St. Phillips Street, a few blocks from my house and from Emanuel AME Church.
As always, I vacillate between disgusted and amused.
WASHINGTON -- Last week, a 40-year-old man -- with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent -- boarded a plane. It was to make an uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.
The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we had just encountered with someone we had sought to help.
Shortly after I presented a proposed budget to the school board in April, a community member sent me a graph developed by the Cato Institute, an inside the D.C. Beltway think tank. The graph shows the huge increase in education spending since 1970 as compared to significantly lower increases in test scores during the same period. I have seen this graph on multiple occasions during the past several years, and it's definitely a perennial with social media types.
Below on the left, you'll find a letter to the editor about a majority of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' voting to keep Bethune and Mt. Pisgah elementary schools open.
WASHINGTON -- It should be obvious to all by now Donald Trump knows nothing of what he speaks. His disastrous economic ideas are but the latest in a litany of nonsensical proposals.
My oldest son graduated from college six days ago and it has started me thinking about the emotional roller coaster ride I've been on this last month. Perhaps a pinball machine is a better option to describe my sensitive state lately as I quickly move from emotion to emotion. Life's milestones, especially when they belong to your children, tend to have a way of putting parents in that ugly cry-face, choked-up mode.
Tackling "big issues" is tough. It's far easier for policy makers and politicians to make a speech or issue a press release with a few snappy phrases and then claim they are "doing something."
Ray Davies once said, "Everybody's a dreamer, everybody's a star, and everyone is in movies, it doesn't matter who you are."
WASHINGTON -- It wasn't precisely an act of moral courage, but House Speaker Paul Ryan's comment that he's not ready to support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump was at least ... something.
There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many of the times she crosses my mind, I am doing something she taught me how to do.
I'm trying recall the last time I actually took the time to dispense a load of good advice to people I barely know. It ...
WASHINGTON -- When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive ...
I have been without a television set for a few days, but I know that the Olympics are the thing right now. I watched the ...
Yet another thing I've noticed about my galloping downhill ride into curmudgeon-hood is my intense and ever growing dislike of television. More specifically, I ...
OXFORD, Md. -- Reflexively, I type "Dru" and The Drudge Report pops up. I hate myself for going there but as a columnist ever in search ...
WASHINGTON -- Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It's August. I'm Trumped out ...
I want you to re-read that sentence. I know I am in the Bible Belt, and folks probably read that as "My Boyfriend and I ...
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