I've been informed that my book, "Angry Management," has been removed from your summer reading list because a concerned parent, Douglas Berry, brought the "number of expletives" in the text to the attention of your district's Director of Communications.
It's hard for a social commentator to keep up with all of the legal, moral and political lessons offered up by the still-unfolding Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex mess. But the most important is this: Don't rush to judgment.
One of the most important things we do as a council is set aside money in the budget each year for infrastructure improvements.
Traveling by air in the United States is a pain these days.
An MSNBC commentator is in the doghouse over a mildly obscene on-air criticism of President Barack Obama. Fair enough. But, to me his language was less obscene than his suggestion that Obama was getting a too uppity with GOP budget negotiators.
I'm not God, so there's no way I can sit here and unequivocally say that I know Casey Anthony murdered her 2-year-old daughter back in 2008. No one really knows that, aside from Casey Anthony, little Caylee Anthony and God.
WASHINGTON -- Sometimes fiction can't improve on life.
Comedian and S.C. native Stephen Colbert has gained national fame from his unique brand of political humor on his Comedy Central TV show "The Colbert Report." His satirist style, however, sometimes crosses over from behind the television screen to the realities of American politics. One of Colbert's most notable forays into politics came in 2008 after he decided to run for president, but only in the S.C. primary. Colbert's intentions were to half-jokingly run as a "favorite son" of the state on both the Republican and Democratic platforms, but he eventually dropped out of the race.
Hugh O'Brian is probably most famous for playing the character Wyatt Earp on ABC's "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" which debuted in 1955.
Can this be the end of Blago?
Some Americans act as if Congress and the president have a jobs-making switch somewhere they can flip to help the economy. If only. No modern economy is that simple. And the factors that affect employment can be complex.
Well, it wasn't Independence Day for Nikki Haley. Could there have been any harsher repudiation of the governor's agenda and tactics than what happened Wednesday night at the State House?
I stopped by the Farmer's Market on Memorial Day weekend, and I ran into a neighbor who said something to me about how it must be nice in the summer when things slow down. Admittedly, summer does provide the opportunity for some rest and recharging. But in reality, our school district remains unbelievably busy over the summer. Getting ready for a new school year is a monumental and complex task.
From the mailbag:
Fearful of being banished from my role as family historian after such a short time in the position and due to a father's acerbic request, I must accurately restate several details before continuing on with this month's column. In June, I wrote about my great-great uncle, Adjutant General John D. Frost, the first man to be accepted and mustered into service of the United States, 1st S.C. Volunteer Infantry in May of 1898. Frost served as major, and later lieutenant colonel in the 1st SC Regiment in the Spanish-American War and was a World War I veteran ...
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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