Last week, I used a TV series to talk about bullies. This week, it's conspiracy theories through the lens of a single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (commonly referred to as TNG).
WASHINGTON -- About 30 years ago as a young reporter in Florida, I was assigned a series on gun control in response to gun violence, which had peaked in the U.S. in 1980.
We all know that in the global economy of the 21st Century, we in South Carolina are competing with Germany and Brazil just as much as we're competing with North Carolina and Georgia.
As the chief advocate for seniors and vulnerable adults in our state, I was deeply troubled and saddened that services for a federally-funded program designed to keep veterans in their homes instead of nursing homes is being terminated because of lack of support by the Veterans' Administration.
Terrie Hall, 53, a real life anti-smoking ad in the flesh died this week after a 13-year battle with mouth and throat cancer.
A new Senate bill to protect journalists has stirred up a hornet's nest of criticism over an old nagging question: who in the age of WikiLeaks is a "journalist"?
My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County writes to say the French bravado concerning Syria is just for show.
If you were a Carolina lady in the 1850s, you would likely have a copy of the latest and most fashionable cookbook of the times -- The Carolina Housewife. The little book was written by "A Lady of Charleston" and published in 1847. The "Lady" was Sarah Rutledge, daughter of Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Camden Archives and Museum has an 1851 edition of the book in our collection. In preparation for the new exhibit, "Camden in the Civil War: The Home Front," I pulled it for exhibit along with quotes from Harriet DuBose Kershaw Lang ...
WASHINGTON -- As I read Vlad's op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: "Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?"
Have you ever had one of those nights where you cannot, no matter how you try, fall asleep? It's the most frustrating feeling to be sleepy and to know that with every minute you stay awake you're getting closer to the hour you have to get up and that you are cheating yourself out of precious sleep minutes?
I've always been a physically small person. As I'm sure many of you can imagine, that led to being bullied quite a bit as a younger person. In fact, I'd dare say that it wasn't until my sophomore year of college that most of the folks around me matured enough not to engage in such behavior.
With the beginning of a new school year, I often get asked how parents can help students to be successful in school. Over the years, my thoughts on this topic have evolved quite a bit. As a result, I have come to be a big proponent of what I call "invisible involvement."
The issue of second amendment gun rights will be a major talking point in next year's national elections, following the recall in Colorado of two state legislators who had played a prominent role in passing gun restrictions in that state. Two senators, both Democrats, lost their seats when Republicans rose up against the new laws. And the results have prompted Democrats in Colorado to step back and assess their policies for the future.
President Barack Obama surprised many by deciding to turn to Congress for approval before he fires missiles at Syria, but his decision makes sense. When proposing military action that almost nobody wants to wage, it is best to find someone with whom to share the blame.
We have become a nation addicted to noise.
Wednesday morning, a Roanoke, Va., TV news reporter and her videographer died, murdered -- during a live report -- by a man described as a disgruntled former ...
NEW YORK -- The city that never sleeps has good reason to remain sleepless these days. A new terror imperils New York, threatening to destroy all ...
If I were creative enough to write a song about the weather conditions this summer and how they have impacted our public trees, I would ...
One of the most shameful and enduring problems in South Carolina is the huge gap between the prosperous/urban and poor/rural areas of our ...
There's a certain demographic in this country -- it's unseemly to mention the specific population by name -- which has no sense of personal responsibility.
Here at the Chronicle-Independent we are charged with the task of reporting the news. Way to state the obvious, right? But, simply put, it's ...
Open for Business! Recently Kershaw County had wonderful news in Economic Development with expansions at Suominen and Haier. Our leaders on the Kershaw County Council ...
This summer was a busy one. Among other trips, we made our annual pilgrimage to Table Rock State Park to camp and commune. We've ...
So I read where a company called Snake River is now marketing a product called Dronemunition.
One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.
Washington has finally found an issue which can unite both left and right: big, bad, currency-manipulating China.
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