When the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau hired me as the keynote speaker for its annual luncheon, the president and CEO was very specific on what he wanted me to talk.
Watching this year's presidential campaign has been interesting, to say the least. There's obviously a lot of pent-up citizen anger about "Washington" and "the Establishment." A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center indicated only 19 percent of those surveyed indicated trust in the federal government. There was a lot of the same kind of anger about when I voted in my first presidential election back in 1972. The famous humorist Will Rogers made a career out of poking fun at Washington, even back in the 1930s. The more things change, the more they stay the same, I ...
Once upon a time, there was this annoying little kid named Jimmy who loved to fly. He wasn't crazy about wearing his Sunday best to board a plane, but he loved the adventure and especially the attention the hot stewardesses gave him.
WASHINGTON -- As the human circus of presidential politics has plodded along for what seems a decade now, a revolution has been taking place in the ever-more-dignified animal kingdom.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2016 -- It's about 7:30 a.m. and I'm driving my younger son to Camden Middle School (CMS). During the next 10 minutes, I am subjected to poor choices on the part of my fellow CMS parents when it comes to dropping off their kids at school.
EASTON, Md. -- It's been a long while since South Carolina could look down upon its neighbor to the North.
In 2010, Camden resident Barbara Brown was strolling through a yard sale when she spied something she could not pass up. What she discovered was a collection of Brownie photos and assorted older photographs from about the 1910s through the 1940s featuring an African-American family. In it were old formal portraits, school photos from Mather Academy, and candid shots of families posing in front yards and living rooms, on bicycles and in front of prized rose bushes. They are loving and lovely photographs of an active family as they journeyed through the generations -- 98 images in all. She bought the ...
A few items from this week's newspapers, two from South Carolina and two national:
So, lately we've been hearing a lot of cheery news. The economy is turning around. The crime rate is dropping. Retail sales are rising. Houses are selling. Prosperity is just around the corner.
WASHINGTON -- Imagine emerging from a rocky political week only to announce, as Bernie Sanders did, oh, by the way, the Vatican called. Actually, it was the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, but close enough, I suppose.
On a day that I was visiting someone in a nursing home, angels, disguised as caregivers, came in and requested I step out while they worked. I walked down the hall, observing a life which caused me to ponder the circle of life.
It certainly isn't famous faces in Victory Lane. In the six races so far this season, we have seen Winner's Circle celebrations for Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson (twice). Flags have flown, crowds have cheered and confetti has drifted down like rain.
On today's front page, I report on Tuesday's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting during which "alternatives" -- scenarios, really -- regarding the impact of this November's construction-related referenda.
WASHINGTON -- The spectacular strangeness of this presidential election may require a new display in Ripley's Odditorium of believe-it-or-nots.
CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.
After the school year ends and the dust settles, it's always fun and gratifying for me to look at the accomplishments of our students ...
As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...
WASHINGTON -- Nice, France.
And with those famous words from the old Underdog cartoon show, I bid you all a fond adieu.
I met the guy -- seems just like yesterday -- one day when I was home from the Lowcountry visiting the office. I think I had met ...
WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.
The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.
I was talking with Darlington (S.C.) County Treasurer Belinda Copeland last week and we were having a bit of fun over some of the ...
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