I have some of my most interesting conversations with community members in informal settings like the grocery store, the Farmers Market, convenience store gas pumps and church. One Saturday this past summer while I was eyeing some Silver Queen corn at the Farmers Market, a lady I've known since I moved here asked me why I spend so much time talking about politics and legislation.
• First beer, now bourbon.
I can remember that as a child and teenager I thought I had the world by the tail and I knew it all. Yes, I can remember back that far. I thought my parents were the most ignorant, incompetent people in the world. The things they said and did just did not make good sense to me. I dare say a good many of us felt that way during that phase of our lives. Did you? Be honest with yourself now.
When I was a pre-teen, I absolutely devoured every Nancy Drew mystery book I could check out of the Charleston County Library or borrow from a friend. Oh, the adventures Nancy took me on as she snooped out the trail of a mystery. Each little clue she found led to another and another and they all eventually solved the mystery. The exotic situations in which she became involved were fascinating. She always solved the mystery, through each one's twisting, turning plot. Clue by clue.
WASHINGTON -- As we evaluate the efficacy of the War on Poverty, a single, unquantifiable factor stubbornly demands attention: luck.
I went with a friend of mine to see a movie this weekend. We had both been looking forward to seeing the movie for awhile and finally had the time to get to the theater. We chose to visit a nice theater in a nearby city where tickets are a bit more expensive to account for the plush, stadium seating. We arrived about 20 minutes before the showing, bought our tickets and found a nice seat, near the back in the center.
I am not a mental health expert, nor an expert on running corrections facilities, whether they be detention centers, like our county jail, or major institutions such as Wateree Correctional over the Sumter county line.
If you're like most well-informed South Carolinians, you have absolutely no idea what's in the state budget until the late spring or early summer, and by that time it's about to pass into law. If you want to know what's in the budget before it's too late to make a difference, you'll need to come to Columbia and spend three days a week from January to April, and attend a variety of budget subcommittee and committee meetings -- and even then you won't have any firm idea of which programs and agencies state leaders ...
The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news because we Southern women do admire a package well wrapped.
There is no doubt that 2013 was a stressful and challenging year for KershawHealth. But it was also the year this healthcare system celebrated its centennial, and I can assure you, there are very few hospitals that have duplicated this accomplishment. It's easy to see why. In the short time that I've been at KershawHealth, I've already seen tremendous strengths here that are a huge benefit, not only to the hospital, but to the community at large. It's clear that KershawHealth has a solid foundation to build on for the future.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently released its crime statistics for 2013 and most categories of offenses were noticeably down from 2012. Kudos to the KCSO for having such a productive year. I won't go very deep into that here, as a story on the subject is planned for an upcoming issue of the Chronicle-Independent.
Women have certainly achieved a higher place in society than in the past. They are educated, liberal and independent. Most modern women, however, have no idea how little power women had in the past. Society was a masculine one.
* My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County tells me his 3-year-old grandson went into the bathroom, and his mom was concerned he'd been in there for quite awhile, so she went in to check on him.
WASHINGTON -- In politics, it's all in how you say things.
WASHINGTON -- If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014's midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore.
Everyone who's sick of winter, raise your hands.
WASHINGTON -- In matters cultural, California has always been America's petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country.
"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." John Lennon
We often hear politicians and government officials say that running a government, at any level, is the same as running a business. There obviously is some truth in that. Governments have expenses for personnel, equipment and supplies. They receive funds from their clients (taxpayers) to pay for the services the citizens hopefully receive. Government officials have to budget that money and decide how and where to allocate it to be used.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color -- "My Brother's Keeper" -- is cause for cheer.
This weekend I'm going to a bachelorette party. Actually, it's a combined bachelor/bachelorette party where both the bride and groom-to-be and their closest friends will be in attendance. I'm looking forward to it, but there's always a little bit of anxiety before taking part in an event such as that. I'm sure that's partly due to the Hangover movies and partly due to my own experiences in the past with bachelorette parties.
This is a simple question, and the answer is not simple, but there is something that we can all do to help, and we can do it right now -- today.
Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.
I have said before -- in fact, not that long ago -- that covering tragedies is no fun. This is especially true when the tragedy takes place where you live, or at least close by. When you can say that you either know the people involved, or are friends of their friends, it hits you even harder.
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