A lot of people have become outraged at the idea that Verizon is turning over -- on a daily basis -- huge amounts of data to the National Security Agency (NSA) tied to American cell and other phone usage.
Last week we talked about the new wave of obituaries which are not only informative but often lively and even funny.
Time and again, I am moved to emotion at the goodness of Americans particularly in instants of unexpected and horrific circumstances - natural disasters, terrorism, and life-shattering violence. It can be difficult knowing how to talk to our children about the loss and the fear surrounding events like 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Newtown, the Boston Marathon, tornados in Oklahoma, among others. Unluckily, the majority of our kids have seen the disturbing images on television from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers to the devastation in Oklahoma to the unspeakable carnage in Boston. At times, it may seem impossible to ...
It was a kneejerk reaction to a kneejerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.
I'm not typically one to really keep up with the happenings on FOX News or really any other news type channel for that matter. I don't really watch TV all that often so I tend to get my news from a variety of websites. However, sometime Friday as I scanned my Facebook newsfeed I began to see a trend. There appeared to be some sort of hullaballoo regarding comments said on FOX News. The thing that caught my attention were the variety of people who were posting about what happened. It wasn't just those that refer to ...
WASHINGTON -- News that women increasingly are the leading or sole breadwinner in the American family has resurrected the perennial question: Why do we need men?
The last days of May and the beginning of June mark a couple of passages for me.
Along the eastern edge of Kershaw County flow the Little and Big Lynches rivers. European settlers received land grants along these two rivers in the three decades preceding the Revolutionary War. They began to plant and cultivate crops in the rich bottom lands bordering these rivers and during the next half century, several large plantations developed. One such plantation was that of David and Elizabeth Tyner Kelley and their son Wiley Kelley (1795-1873).
WASHINGTON -- It's good to know that the war on terror is finally over. It was all so ugly, what with the beheadings and bombings.
One of the neat things about being a reporter is all the inside scoops you get.
Could a president order drone strikes against journalists? I'm not worried. No, really. Not much.
Obituaries are a lot more interesting now than they used to be, though perhaps a bit less truthful.
A friend of mine came through town the other week to stay with me for a night as a sort of rest stop on his current road trip. Naturally, he wanted to see all the many sites and attractions that the area has to offer. As we drove through downtown Camden and I pointed out all the historical houses and then crossed over the bridge separating Camden from Lugoff, he said to me "everyone waves here." I was a little confused by this statement. So I asked him what exactly he meant by that. I mean, I understood the words ...
Although hurricane season does not officially begin until June, Camden's own Charlie Company and the SC National Guard recently underwent training in the event that a large scale storm or other disaster hits our state. From May 16 to 21, the National Guard participated in Ardent Sentry, a major training exercise in South Carolina focused on disaster response and coordination procedures.
WASHINGTON -- Angelina Jolie's genes threatened to kill her. But, for the time being anyway, she doesn't own them.
"So, how do you like living in Texas?" Overwhelmingly, that is the question I've been asked repeatedly by both people I interact with here and back in South Carolina. Most pose the question in an uncomplicated way, often wanting to know what I like about Texas and what I might miss from South Carolina. Some follow up with another, more in-depth question about what I think is similar and/or different about the two states. Well, let's start with at the top and work from there.
WASHINGTON -- "As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong..."
We journalists are, usually, taught not to use questions as headlines. This time, it's really to ask myself the question: Does convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarvnaev deserve the death penalty?
It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me, but I feel that we are friends."
When the Joint Replacement Center at KershawHealth opened last month, it was a truly collaborative effort resulting in significant benefits for those having total joint replacement surgery. Today, the majority of patients will have surgery, begin therapy the same day and return home on the third day to continue their rehabilitation in the comfort of home. They will return to the things that mean the most to them -- home, family, work, and favorite activities -- sooner and further along in their recovery than before. Already, those who have been through the new program are excited about the change. They recognize the ...
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Hollywood star? How would you feel strolling on the red carpet as flashbulbs popped and adoring fans called out to you on Oscar night?
Like most people, I'm interested in the public school system of this county and state. Often my interest goes beyond that, to other areas of the country, especially urban school systems, which have often struggled.
WASHINGTON -- The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious -- and utterly lacking in nutritious content.
Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly offering here know I am a big fan of older TV shows. To me, the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" truly applies in so many cases.
I had the pleasure of attending the United Way's volunteer recognition dinner this week.