When we Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, what word comes readily to mind? Freedom -- and rightly so. But you can't have freedom without other virtues.
Congress is hotly debating media leaks about President Barack Obama's "kill list" of terrorists to be targeted by unmanned drones. They should be debating the drone policy itself.
If you've heard the rumors that Disney and former Spider-Man movie director Sam Raimi are making a "prequel" to The Wizard of Oz, you heard right. It'll even star Raimi's Spider-Man co-star James Franco. It's all about how the humbug carny man (Franco) got swept to the the land of Oz and became the great and wonderful Wizard.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I've not been completely familiar with the hateful motives of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) of Topeka, Kansas; perhaps I've chosen to ignore the disturbing; I'm not exactly sure -- until now -- when last week I received an email from a member of my boys' soccer club in Lexington. It was this communication that brought the odium-filled beliefs of the Westboro Church in to my view. My findings were so unsettling; it was inevitable that I impart them to others. In the email, those who could were asked, "if your conscience guides you ...
You can observe a lot just by watching, Yogi Berra once said, and I've been doing some observing lately.
Now that Chief Justice John Roberts has upheld President Barack Obama's health care law, the chief has fallen off so many conservative Christmas lists that some sound eager to revoke his citizenship.
Late this past spring I ventured into uncharted territory: I planted a garden. I didn't do any research about how to take care of plants, the proper setting for individual plants or how long they would take to grow, I just picked up a few babies from the Kershaw County Farmer's Market and let them do what they do. The only thing I've watched grow from seed to herb is parsley, and it's just now getting to the point where it looks edible. Still, I am proud of my little venture into creating a garden. It ...
The phrase "expect the unexpected" should really become the new slogan for the PGA Tour. Fifteen different players have come home with victories in the last 15 major championships with nine of those being crowned major winners for the first time.
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruling on health care reform was like Palm Sunday in reverse: first they crucified Chief Justice John Roberts, then, upon his ruling, they hauled out the palm fronds.
Conservatives, beware: you can have reams of information, piles of studies and folders of charts at your fingertips. And you can still lose the debate.
Tokens were small cardboard, brass, copper or aluminum items, usually in the shape of coins, which were issued by private enterprise ventures such as textile mills, merchants, etc. These items took the place of coins and were redeemable at the issuing entity. A study of these items reveals much about the history of S.C. and its counties.
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." --Sarah Palin, Aug. 7, 2009
As Independence Day approaches, I'm disheartened by two recent Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decisions. Both were split decisions on how certain laws will be applied. (I'll save Thursday's healthcare decision another time.)
Dear Mitt Romney: I was pleased to hear that you have accepted an invitation to speak in July before the 103rd convention of the NAACP in Houston. In anticipation of that event, I have taken the liberty of writing a speech for you. It's only a beginning, space limitations being what they are, but it should get you off to a solid start and you can take it from there. So, here it is:
Illegal immigration is a tricky topic. The Supreme Court ruled three of four parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law unconstitutional Monday. States with similar immigration laws, such as Alabama, know now what will and will not be allowed in the quest to enforce stricter immigration policies.
As the primary pundit at the "Harmony County Weekly Blister," I am frequently called upon to perform many tasks. So, besides winding up the cat and putting out the clock, I also write the advice to the lovelorn column entitled, "Ask the Stud Muffin."
I never played high school football. My glory days ended with the little league Lions and the gridiron of my youth is now a stand of depressingly mature pine trees across the old, worn foot bridge in Woodward Park. Like many, I now enjoy the pleasure of watching and cheering on younger generations and look forward to each new season as it plays out on our home field at Zemp Stadium. It is my opinion that we, as a community, should keep Zemp and prepare the old facility for the future.
WASHINGTON -- Lego's groundbreaking female-scientists set sold out almost immediately after it was released this month. But never fear, fans of feminist toys: A new Barbie doll, now in stock, is also shattering the plastic ceiling.
For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I've really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year's book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?
Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.
Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.
I am man enough to admit that I have cried more than once since the news broke that Robin Williams had died by what local officials said was suicide.
WASHINGTON -- Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation!
Since I have lived in this area for about eight months now, I have made a discovery about Camden. There's quite a bit of music talent here, especially for a town this size. I have to also say that my opinion comes from just the musicians I know and have heard perform personally. I'm sure there are countless others I don't know about -- yet.
I watched Rory McIlroy win the PGA title Sunday, his third straight golf tournament victory and his second major title within three weeks.
I jokingly call my backyard "the wilderness." My house, built in 1912, sits fairly close to my downtown street, as is the custom in the Historic District in Sumter. The Victorian cast iron fence and neat little patch of grass in my front yard belie what is happening behind my house. The deck at the back of my house overlooks a very deep backyard filled with towering oak and pecan trees. Just over the fence at the rear of the yard is a magnificent willow oak which is probably 100 years old. It rises majestically above all and makes a ...
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