I've been doing this work for almost 36 years. Having been around public education for that long, I've seen just about every solution to increasing student academic performance that has ever been thought up, usually more than once. In the case of merit pay, this is about the third time around for me. Déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. Legislation pending in the South Carolina General Assembly would freeze teacher salaries at current levels and require State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais to have a merit pay plan ready to present to ...
If there's one thing that I love about being a journalist, it's having the ability to tell someone's story.
Today we'll talk about three news stories, all released in a close time frame, and all related to colleges in the United States.
Would I ever consider running for office? Amazingly, I sometimes have been asked. No way, I respond. Why would I want to put myself through all of the abuse that I put candidates through?
Several weeks ago, while at the ALPHA center talking with Paul Napper, we discussed the problems his agency and the Sheriff's Office deal with, with regard to substance abuse. We talked about the families in our county that are being destroyed by drug abuse. We talked about the rise in incidents of criminal domestic violence caused, in part, by drugs. We also talked about the dubious distinction Kershaw County has in that we have the highest DUI fatality rate in the State of South Carolina. I brought up the issue of the extreme number of housebreakings and overall stealing ...
NEW YORK -- This is doubtless heretical, but I'll say it anyway: I can wait to find out who the Republican presidential candidates will be.
Where does one draw the line between living a life that makes one happy and being a "good" person?
"You are holding a first-class newspaper in your hand."
Everyone supports physical fitness, it appears, until first lady Michelle Obama calls for it.
I've quite decided that I'm going to become one of those life coach guru types. They're making a killing these days. Surely I can swindle, uh, coach my way to fame and fortune.
Ever heard of the Solyndra solar-cell plant in Fremont, Calif.? Most people haven't. That's a shame, considering how much taxpayer money has been poured into it.
WASHINGTON -- For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president. There are a startling number of occasions in which the president has been missing in action -- unwilling, reluctant or late to weigh in on the issue of the moment. He is, too often, more reactive than inspirational, more cautious than forceful.
If Hollywood depended on people like me, the movie industry would be busted flatter than Bernie Madoff's investor friends.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. After Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he would not run for reelection after almost 22 years in office, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other prominent black leaders saw a golden opportunity.
I'm a journalist, which, by definition, means that I hate math.
Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.
My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.
WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.
With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.
On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 11 a.m., the Ross E. Beard Collection became the property of the city of Camden, as Mr. Beard signed the paperwork at the Camden Archives and Museum. City officials, long-time friends of Mr. Beard and representatives from the Friends of the Archives and Museum looked on as City Attorney Lawrence Flynn, Mr. Beard, Ed Royall (his attorney) and Austin Sheheen (his accountant) processed the paperwork.
Isn't it odd how every once in awhile, something pops in your head that's been buried for a long time -- a distant memory that for some reason comes alive?
For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.
WASHINGTON -- The Israeli soldier shot Yousef Bashir in the back in the front yard of his father's house in Gaza. It was Feb. 18, 2004, a week after Yousef's 15th birthday. The bullet splintered into three fragments, severing nerves near the teenager's spine.
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