As always, I vacillate between disgusted and amused.
WASHINGTON -- Last week, a 40-year-old man -- with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent -- boarded a plane. It was to make an uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.
The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we had just encountered with someone we had sought to help.
Shortly after I presented a proposed budget to the school board in April, a community member sent me a graph developed by the Cato Institute, an inside the D.C. Beltway think tank. The graph shows the huge increase in education spending since 1970 as compared to significantly lower increases in test scores during the same period. I have seen this graph on multiple occasions during the past several years, and it's definitely a perennial with social media types.
Below on the left, you'll find a letter to the editor about a majority of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' voting to keep Bethune and Mt. Pisgah elementary schools open.
WASHINGTON -- It should be obvious to all by now Donald Trump knows nothing of what he speaks. His disastrous economic ideas are but the latest in a litany of nonsensical proposals.
My oldest son graduated from college six days ago and it has started me thinking about the emotional roller coaster ride I've been on this last month. Perhaps a pinball machine is a better option to describe my sensitive state lately as I quickly move from emotion to emotion. Life's milestones, especially when they belong to your children, tend to have a way of putting parents in that ugly cry-face, choked-up mode.
Tackling "big issues" is tough. It's far easier for policy makers and politicians to make a speech or issue a press release with a few snappy phrases and then claim they are "doing something."
Ray Davies once said, "Everybody's a dreamer, everybody's a star, and everyone is in movies, it doesn't matter who you are."
WASHINGTON -- It wasn't precisely an act of moral courage, but House Speaker Paul Ryan's comment that he's not ready to support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump was at least ... something.
There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many of the times she crosses my mind, I am doing something she taught me how to do.
The S.C. Legislature is in a battle over if we are going to make any real progress in fixing our infrastructure in our state. There is a wider debate on how to become truly prosperous with opportunity for all.
Folks, we're in trouble, with a capital T, which stands for Trump -- Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for president of these United States.
WASHINGTON -- When Shakespeare wrote the "truth will out," he must have had Ted Cruz in mind.
"I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way." Jesus took seven loaves of bread and a few small fish, and when he had given thanks, he gave them to the disciples, and they in turn gave them to the people. Afterwards, the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. --Matthew 14:13-21
CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.
After the school year ends and the dust settles, it's always fun and gratifying for me to look at the accomplishments of our students ...
As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...
WASHINGTON -- Nice, France.
And with those famous words from the old Underdog cartoon show, I bid you all a fond adieu.
I met the guy -- seems just like yesterday -- one day when I was home from the Lowcountry visiting the office. I think I had met ...
WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.
The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.
I was talking with Darlington (S.C.) County Treasurer Belinda Copeland last week and we were having a bit of fun over some of the ...
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