What's the most overlooked, underappreciated story from the midterm elections? My nominee would be the surprising new racial and ethnic diversity of Republican congressional and gubernatorial winners -- even if we don't see as much diversity among the party's voters.
NEW YORK -- Despite its considerable gains in the midterm elections, the GOP has a problem looming in the margins named Sarah Palin.
I had a rather pleasing weekend for a liberal-minded man. Saturday night was spent taking in an alluring biopic, "Howl", at the unique and authentically old-school Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia. The following morning, as millions of my fellow countrymen and women were getting their religion on, I was thumbing through pages of Jean-Paul Sartre, one of the great existentialist thinkers and philosophers of mid-20th Century Europe. If my memory serves me correctly ...
Veterans Day is a day to honor those individuals who have fought to maintain the freedoms we have in the United States of America. It has never been a very significant holiday, especially compared to rival holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. For most people it may not be more than a day off work or an opportunity to view a parade. But for some us, it is a deeply personal holiday as we think ...
NEW YORK -- Helen Reddy's iconic "I am woman, hear me roar" is more likely to cause a cringe than goose bumps these days -- more a comical anthem to bra-burning histrionics than the soundtrack to a serious movement aimed at greater equality.
You might think that Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, founding fathers of "fake news" and "truthiness," chose a controversy-free theme in staging their "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Washington Mall. After all, who could be opposed to sanity?
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NEW YORK -- Two words: Narrative, schmarrative.
Musings after an election season that lasted far too long: • Here in Camden, you'll soon be able to buy beer and panty hose on Sunday. The voters have spoken, and Ben Franklin would be proud. • In 2008, political pundits declared the Republican Party dead. President Obama's victory, and the wave of Democratic successes that year, led many self-proclaimed experts to declare that a new generation of Democratic dominance had begun, ...
It never fails.
Take 10 unassuming athletes, add an untiring and resolute coach, and you have the ingredients of one spirited and determined boys cross country team at Camden High School. For the first time in the school's history, the Region 6-AAA trophy will take up residence in her trophy case. Head Coach Jerry Stokes shares in the team's victory with his accolade of conference coach of the year. Coach Stokes trains, you could say, with old ...
The most important thing a high school or college student can do, if they haven't already, is find a focus, in terms of their career. Preferably, this focus is a passion of theirs.
NEW YORK -- It's always risky to appear onstage with a comedian. Not only are funny guys funny but they're aggressive.
Political correctness may be the biggest stealth issue in this political season, partly because people are afraid to talk about it.
Some people love the Constitution so much that they just can't wait to change it.
Shopping for friends and family members can be fun, but it can also be very stressful. I can't tell you how many holidays have come and gone where I've waited until the last minute to buy Christmas presents for my nearest and dearest. It's not because I don't have the opportunity. Bien au contraire, mon ami, ce n'est pas vrai.
WASHINGTON -- If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.
"We are Camden, a place surrounded by history. Long a home of Native Americans, we were founded not long after Carolina was separated into North and South. Here, King Haigler, the Catawba chief, worked for peace among natives and colonists along the banks of the Wateree. Here, Patriots suffered one of the worst defeats in the Revolutionary War. Yet, from this place the tide of war would turn and ultimately lead to victory for ...
Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.
I did not know Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Rob Evans, who passed away last week. I knew him, but only in the sense that I spoke to him a few times when the two of us happened to be at KCSO headquarters at the same time. Evans certainly seemed like a nice guy; I remember him smiling a lot.
WASHINGTON -- For children, Christmastime may be the favorite holiday, even if their families don't celebrate the birth of Christ. The twinkling lights and aura of magic that suddenly transfigure the most plebian edifices are nearly as seductive as a round-trip ticket to Never-Never Land.
Since my family is traveling for Thanksgiving, I've decided to do a cleanse to celebrate the holidays.
During this holiday season, I'm thankful for:
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