WASHINGTON -- If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris.
I'm having to do it again. It's a compulsion, I suppose, but at least it's a good one, in my opinion. Once again, I see some people on Facebook or other spots on the internet calling for the utter destruction of "Muslims" or "Islam."
A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved -- Southern Living -- changed. Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change which is why our traditions have such strangle hold. We never let go.
In 1858, James Chesnut Jr. was elected U.S. Senator from South Carolina. On Feb 15, 1859, this entry was recorded in portrait painter William H. Scarborough's account book, "of James Chesnut Sr., $113.35." The senior Chesnut was paying for the portrait painted by Scarborough of his son James, the newly elected U.S. Senator.
I have been actively involved in politics in South Carolina for almost 40 years, and what Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson recently did in the Abbeville education case is without question the worst and most outrageous action I have ever seen. The Worst.
• If you're old enough, try to recall this scene:
WASHINGTON -- A crazy thing happened while you were recovering from your Christmas food coma, your friends were out buying booze for New Year's Eve and nonprofits were pleading for end-of-the-year donations: Americans finally started saying nice things about their economy.
Some time back I wrote a column about "the mob mentality," how society, especially on the internet, will rush to judgment about any number of topics without any real facts or proven truths to back up their opinions. Yes, opinions. Without facts, your opinions (or mine) are all we have. I have heard that we are all entitled to our own opinion, but not to our own facts. Food for thought.
I wouldn't have described myself as "ready" for the situation that had just occurred.
Traveling more and seeing more places than I have seen -- throughout the United States and other countries -- is something I declared I would do when I chose my New Year's Resolution.
This time of year, I am like the hermit thrush, retreating into the woods and intentionally disconnecting in all ways possible. I seem to go through these burnouts with each winter solstice, and the rain only intensified it this year. I've come to accept this cycle and to engage with it in a way which makes it productive. This year, I've used my energy to create habitats for various species. This may seem misplaced. Usually during the Christmas season, humanity reaches out to its own kind. But some days, I have more hope for other species than for ...
WASHINGTON -- Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer American cops are racist and a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.
(Editor Martin L. Cahn has been on vacation, but took the time before he left to update this column from Jan. 2, 2012. Happy New Year!)
Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.
There's about as much love between New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the city's police department as there is between Sony and North Korea.
So I read recently where some New England town has banned sledding, allegedly in the name of safety, but more in fear of possible lawsuits.
WASHINGTON -- I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception they're incapable of governing.
For those of you who believe in an open internet in the United States, the fight is still on. For the moment, though, we can bask in the glory of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) 3-2 vote last week to impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on internet service providers (ISPs).
A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father.
Throughout Old and New Testament times, most Jews and Gentiles consumed distilled liquor and believed it a healthy part of their daily diet. These beliefs and practices continued from the times of Christ through the settlement of America and the establishment of the United States.
Lying is in the news these days.
WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.
One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.
Murder is a strong word and truth be known it's not really what happens (unfortunately) when a crape myrtle, a Southern signature tree is topped, but it has become a familiar vernacular amongst plant people. If crape myrtles did in fact die when they were butchered, then the practice would stop.
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