WASHINGTON -- In his speech last Monday night to a public thoroughly, and understandably, befuddled about U.S. policy in Libya, President Obama began to fill in some important blanks. The White House would dispute this assessment, but Obama's remarks came unfortunately late. Rallying the public behind "kinetic military action," my favorite new phrase, requires explanations sooner rather than later. This is especially true when it is a kinetic action of choice, not necessity; in the nervous aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan; and in the relentless context of a 24/7 news cycle.
So you think we Americans know ourselves? New census numbers reveal that a lot of our 20th century racial and ethnic assumptions are overdue for an overhaul.
If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I felt older or younger than I was at the time, I would have definitely said that I felt older. I mean, really, what 15-year-old doesn't think that she or he knows everything?
I could tell by my husband's face the news wasn't good. It was a scenario my doctor and I had not discussed. Prior to my surgery, I had only imagined a positive outcome. In fact, I wanted the procedure on my knee done as soon as possible. I thought, "Great. I'll be running again in about three weeks. That's good for me." Then, BAMM! (Funny how life can do that and so quickly!) It does it in such a way that we are at times completely blindsided. I should have listened to all my voicemails that ...
I've covered news for nearly four decades in Kershaw County yet I've never been as shocked as I was upon learning yesterday that the S.C. Department of Wildlife will release more than 10,000 deadly cotton-mouth moccasins into Lake Wateree later this summer.
If you read Chronicle-Independent sports editor Tom Didato's report last week about the various events and fundraisers in Kershaw County for jockey Jorge Torres, it's clear there is widespread compassion and support for the young man whose fate remains hazy.
NEW YORK -- It would be hard to find two more compelling, formidable women in American public life than South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and fellow South Carolinian and philanthropist Darla Moore.
For many years on an almost daily basis I have visited the South Caroliniana Library to do research. A few months ago a library staff member inquired, "All right, Mr. Teal, what are you researching today?" I responded, "I'm looking for a 'needle in a haystack.'" That literally was true since I planned to scan four years of a newspaper to search for a single fact. Since that time the staff's standard question to me is, "which haystack do you want to examine today?"
My birthday and my wife's happen to be only four days apart. Today is mine while hers was Thursday when I took the day off to celebrate by doing what all married couples with children do: run all over creation on errands and medical appointments. Oh, we did stop in at this great bagel place (yum) where we caught up with my mother and one of my sisters, but this certainly wasn't a typical birthday the way I think of it.
Americans can always be counted upon to do the right thing, Winston Churchill is said to have said, after exhausting all of the alternatives. In that spirit, President Obama intervened in Libya after taking his time in figuring out what the right thing is.
I hate talking on the phone, probably much more than the average person.
Ever heard a doctor talk about the value of "early detection" with certain medical conditions? The idea, of course, is to catch a disorder before it progresses too far, and serious symptoms start to show. That's when it's harder to cure.
It's a different era when it comes to child rearing.
"Then the lie passed into history and became truth." -- "1984" by George Orwell
Freedom isn't free.
Americans love their sports. We especially love baseball, basketball, football and hockey. We love the Super Bowl, March Madness, the Stanley Cup and World Series.
Recently, I attended the Congress on Healthcare Leadership presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and I was most impressed by one presentation: Building the New Healthcare Delivery System. In particular, I was struck by the fact that healthcare executives from across the country were focused almost exclusively on this new world of healthcare and its impact on how the organizations they lead are designed.
She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round that they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.
Life requires courage. Courage doesn't always roar like a lion. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice, unassuming in all its resilience and fortitude, the gentle giant among us, the self-effacing titan in our presence. Remember the line, or was it a show on television -- "kids say the darndest things?" For the moment, I'm going to change it to say, "Kids do insanely courageous things." I always find it an amazing occurrence when certain people or groups of people are put in our paths. They dissect our "straight" lines for reasons often unknown to us. Most of us just ...
If you're glad spring is here and you're looking back on this winter as one of the worst ever, you're right. But if you want a few weather statistics that are really cruel, try these on for size:
I have been watching with great interest this week the news reports on the trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker. As many of you know, I came here from Pageland in Chesterfield County in late December and when I first went to work there in early 2011, Parker was the sheriff. So, I knew Parker well through my work.
WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.
A circuit court judge is in the process of deciding what bond to set, if any, for a Sumter County man accused of killing a Camden man during a March 22 incident on Black River Road. Robert Wendell Simon, 22, of Dalzell is accused of shooting Antwan Dixon, 25, of Black River Road. Simon turned himself in to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) on April 1 where he was served with an arrest warrant for murder.
This past weekend, I participated in the first organized race event of my life and what a special race I chose. The annual Cooper River Bridge Run is in its 37th year of life and saw approximately 40,000 people cover 6 miles of pavement and asphalt to cross its finish line this Saturday.
Now that I have your attention, let's narrow the focus a bit and talk about sex education in South Carolina. It may not be as titillating, but it's still really important.
WASHINGTON -- Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.
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