My first Saturday night in office started at 8:00PM in the training room at the Sheriff's Office. I joined Sheriff's Deputies, Camden Police Officers, a couple of 16-year-old minors and two of my captains for a briefing by a Sheriff's Office investigator. He briefed everyone on our operations for the night. We were going to target stores in Kershaw County that could legally sell beer just to see if they would sell to these ...
Making good on a campaign promise, the Republican-dominated 112th House of Representatives opened with a reading of the Constitution. But they copped out of reading some of the most thought-provoking parts.
NEW YORK -- While sorting through the perennial lip-pursing tempest about a certain word in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" -- the "N-word," as we now say it -- I turned for inspiration to the master himself.
"You want to do what?" I said. Although I asked the question, I fully understood what the boy had just asked. He is my son, after all, and since he has not yet reached high school, we still speak the same language although the dialect is becoming more and more, let's say, strained. His question was short and to the point and he knew I understood, but asked again anyway with perfect clarity: ...
Something I didn't do very well in 2010 was managing my family's personal finances.
We baby boomers begin to turn 65 this year, which gives us a new excuse to be grumpy.
Good morning, and please step into my office. I'm Dr. Tucker. Are you feeling bummed out by the colder-than-normal temperatures? Left shivering by nights in the teens and days that don't get out of the 40s? Weary of winter and ready for spring? Not so fast. You're not just weary of winter; you're sick. As in "ill." What's that, you say? You might have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which ...
Of all the scientific studies that came out this past year, the most intriguing to me confirms an old theory: Adult politics are really an extension of which clique you joined in high school.
I refuse to make a New Year's Resolution this year. They never work. For the past several years, I always ran to the gym and ate healthy during the first two weeks in January -- three weeks, tops -- only to then get complacent with how healthy, frugal and "grown-up" I'd become. But then I got so complacent that I eventually slacked off on my resolutions, felt guilty about slacking off, ...
In part two, I continue to recount my trek through Wyoming's Wind River Range. If you didn't catch part one, I will briefly get you up to speed: This past August, while looking to recharge mental strength and energy, I connected with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and its Rocky Mountain Light and Fast Backpacking Course. Our team, eight students and two instructors, hiked 140 miles in 13 days through the remote Wind ...
WASHINGTON -- Mr. Speaker, please don't. Go ahead, if you must, and cut taxes. Slash spending. Repeal health care. I understand. Elections have consequences. But BlackBerrys and iPads and laptops on the House floor? Reconsider, before it's too late. The current House rules bar the use of a "wireless telephone or personal computer on the floor of the House." The new rules, unveiled recently, add three dangerous words. They prohibit any device ...
NEW YORK -- It befalls the columnist this time of year to look back and recap; to assign blame and shame, while offering the obligatory mea culpa; and, of course, to resolve.
My voice bothers me. Hearing my intonation on an answering machine or a message makes me wince. But there's not really a thing I can do to change this, is there? Sure, I often enjoy cigars, and think perhaps this will give my pipes a deeper, raspier tone, but I don't honestly trust it'll Barry White my inflection.
About this time last year, I started a new tradition: looking back at the year in crime -- but from a funny point of view.
At last, somebody has made an epic, triumphant movie about a hero with which I am personally familiar: a recovering stutterer.
Like tens of thousands of other South Carolinians, I went to the State Fair in Columbia a few weeks ago. It was great fun, and all the usual attractions were there. But there was something new this year -- and it was hot.
I walked into my room the other day and some horror movie music should have started playing, because it was a nightmare in the 29223 zip code. After standing in the doorway looking at all of my stuff, I made it my mission to get rid of everything I don't need, properly store what I'm not using and better organize everything that I use on a daily basis. I don't know too much about ...
It's that time of year again, when "The Christmas Letter" arrives from friends.
WASHINGTON -- Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.
WASHINGTON -- We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.
I went with my friend, Jody, and her daughters recently to see the Christmas lights at Swan Lake in Sumter. It was so fun to spend an evening with the excitement of children at Christmas. I have a real love for driving around with the heat blasting in my face, Mariah Carey Christmas turned up and singing, as loudly as I can, "All I want for Christmas is YOU!"
The welfare state is now omnipresent in every part of the United States. The federal budget is dominated by entitlement spending, with 45 percent of federal spending in 2012 going to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare (among other health care entitlements). Simultaneously, states are struggling under the fiscal burdens imposed on them by mandatory entitlement programs: for example, spending by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services ...
What if I told you that it's the 11th hour, and that the proof is Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina?
I'm the parent of a Camden Middle School (CMS) student. Each weekday morning, I drop him off after taking his brother to another school.
There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it for it's all they've ever known.
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