WASHINGTON -- As a fan of tradition, my knee-jerk reaction to the Redskins controversy -- should the name be changed out of respect for offended Native Americans? -- was, well, knee-jerk.
Last week was National Newspaper Week, the one week of the year during which -- with the Newspaper Association Managers' (NAM) leadership -- newspapers remind readers of their importance to their communities. This year, NAM's theme was "Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life," while the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) narrowed the focus even further to newspapers' role as community watchdogs.
Just as Tink started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully as he balanced a bowl and a cup of coffee to keep them from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched, and debated silently as to whether to speak.
The story about the New York motorcyclists and the man in the vehicle with his wife and his child is another sad story and example of a lack of respect for our fellow humans. A man driving a SUV was attacked by a group of motorcyclists after the man bumped into one motorcyclist and ran over another, leaving the second paralyzed, according to media reports.
The news stories coming out of Washington these days are pretty much all bad -- government shutdowns, partisan bickering, and both parties' leaders acting more like children in a sandbox than statesmen in their august Capitol chambers.
How many battles have been fought in the name of religion?
WASHINGTON -- Losing a hard-fought battle confers no dishonor, but losing a badly chosen battle is embarrassing.
In honor of National Newspaper Week this week, I just wanted to share why I believe newspapers are so important.
This week is National Newspaper Week but I felt that the federal government shutdown was more important and was struck by several things during the week I wanted to share.
Through courses at the University of South Carolina, employment at the South Caroliniana Library, teaching South Carolina history in the public schools and over the ETV Network and work with the Lexington and Kershaw County historical societies, columnist Harvey S. Teal learned much about Sherman's march. Beginning in the 1980s, he was destined to learn much more as he began to travel in Sherman's footsteps and to "meet" him in a very different manner.
National Newspaper Week -- Oct. 6-12 -- is a good time to offer a fresh perspective on the newspaper industry.
WASHINGTON -- In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else.
"For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." In our lives, there will be circumstances that play out like a well-orchestrated melody, executed in exactly the way we had envisioned; others will leave us in wonderment of their clear purpose. There is no perfect formula to decipher all of life's events. Some will leave us thinking we know the experience occurred for the right reasons, leaving us feeling content and whole. Some will be unexpected and beyond our understanding. I imagine events in our lives (good and bad) are not as random ...
Students at the University of Alabama (UA) demonstrated recently for the end of segregated sororities at the school. Several hundred students rallying to integrate the Pan-Hellenic Council (PHC) at the school held a sign alluding to Gov. George Wallace's "Stand at the Schoolhouse Door." Fifty years ago, in 1963, Wallace led a protest for continued segregation, as UA had just let its first two black students enroll and attend classes.
Belching is a manly art, says my friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County.
National Newspaper Week starts Sunday, just in time for our change from a three times a week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday publication to a twice weekly ...
"I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…" -Roger Miller
In September, a merchant and friend emailed me about our downtown. I decided our communication was worth considering for this column.
Recently at the College of Charleston, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman delivered what was billed as The State of the Schools Speech.
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.
As I have written about a couple of times here, especially last week, I have been promoted to the position of editor for The Country ...
It's off the front page of the newspapers. There are no packs of reporters prowling the streets. The banks of television cameras across from ...
WASHINGTON -- "Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid," my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people's ...
I got this a few years ago from a twisted musician friend of mine. Of course, I don't usually publish something I get by ...
Names have always been interesting and fun when it comes to Lita "Squeaky" Wagensteen. From the horse "Goldman Sox" to the dog "Zsa Zsa Goober ...
It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me: perhaps my writing days were over. It was time to just ...
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