We all know the success of our higher education system is vital to the success of our state -- both today and in the future.
Over the years, I've been accused of being an optimist, a pessimist, an idealist, a realist, a nihilist and God knows how many other "ists."
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is learning how hard it is to pretend to be something he's not.
All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things. Not because she was sentimental, but because she had grown up Scotch-Irish poor so any little bit of something might be valuable down the road.
Last month, our column dealt with a sound from the late 1860s in Kershaw County, the sound of the auctioneer's gavel at a tax or bankruptcy sale as he hammered it down and said "sold" for a piece of county property. It was an unforgettable sound, especially if it were your property being sold.
(Martin Cahn is on vacation this week but re-offers this April 2012 column, edited for space.)
WASHINGTON -- So what are we to do?
In the last few weeks I have listened to so many crepe hangers telling me the world is falling apart (or is it the sky that's falling?) I want to talk about the good news, at least in our state.
Etc are three little letters we run across most every day -- we hardly notice them. But when it comes to South Carolina and our future, 'etc' can be a real disaster or it can be our great hope.
I used to blame our plunging collective national IQ on the internet, particularly social media.
WASHINGTON -- When a presidential election devolves into a hydrant-watering contest between leading contenders about the relative attractiveness of their respective wives, not only does America look ridiculous, but we diminish our moral standing to denounce other cultures' marginalization of women.
A few years back, I was interviewing Celia Rivenbark, a noted Southern humorist and a friend of mine, on public radio. We were in a discussion about her latest book when I asked, "Are you funny every day?"
I like a good trend as much as the next girl, but this superhero thing is starting to confuse me.
I am not a television star, nor do I want to be. I have a good voice, which is how I managed to work in radio for 14 years. I consider myself a good writer, which is why I think I've been able to work for this newspaper for nearly 16 years. As a youngster, I acted in children's musicals.
WASHINGTON -- With Donald Trump having spoken before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, Americans have learned the following:
There comes a time when you find yourself just kind of over everyone and everything.
WASHINGTON -- One of the most effective political ads of the season features women repeating the many derogatory statements Donald Trump has made about the fairer ...
The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...
In 1896, the South Carolina Press Association requested Charleston newspaperman Yates Snowden to prepare a sketch of newspapers published in South Carolina to that date ...
Unless you are much older or much younger than I am or have been living under a rock for the last 30 years, you should ...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle -- not so much.
Folk singer Pete Seeger wrote a song in the 1950s which was later performed in 1965 by the The Byrds. The lyrics, in part, go ...
Is the American Dream dead? Are the rags to riches myths just that?
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- African-Americans in the South can't get a break when it comes to voting, as history can't deny.
A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter he sent to the newspaper where he ...
Call her a "no-kill" champion. Cindi Prestage, DVM has accepted the challenge to turn the animal shelter in Kershaw County into a no-kill facility. Pretty ...
As I was running through my Facebook feed, a post someone shared or liked caught my eye: a proposal to offer a 28th amendment to ...
WASHINGTON -- As Archie Bunker might say, the world is going down the terlet.
Some states are known for things they produce in abundance. Idaho has potatoes, Maine has lobsters and South Carolina seems to have more than our ...
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