Somewhere along the line, it seems, people have stopped talking about the American Dream. I can't recall the last time I heard anyone, in person or through the media, remind folks that we live in the greatest country on Earth and that here in this land of profound freedom, opportunities abound and no one, regardless of race or level of economic upbringing, is held back from grand and lofty aspirations.
In the 1960s Roland Goodale did a taped interview in which he described living in Camden beginning about 1910. A copy of the transcript of his Interview was in the Carrison Collection recently given to the South Caroliniiana Library by Mary Alden Carrison. This collection is presently being catalogued by Dr. Allen Stokes and will soon be available to researchers.
President Obama wants the government to start rating colleges and universities, and one administration official said it would be no more difficult than evaluating kitchen appliances.
BEIJING -- The young man approached with an air of furtive urgency, covering his mouth with his hand. "Please can you tell me," he asked, "what happened in 1989?"
I learned early that being female was not a blessing. My father, a farmer who wanted all boys, had nine girls and only two boys. His first wife had nine children before she died, five little girls in graves. Few children grew to adulthood in those days. When my mother and father married and had two more children, I remember hearing my mother often tell my brother how proud my father had been to have another son, never mentioning pride in relationship to his final girl.
There's a movie I really love called Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's about a fictional procedure that erases people's painful memories in an effort to help them move forward in their lives after experiencing a trauma. The film is very artistic and lovely, focusing on a couple who breaks up and both have their memories of each other erased, only to eventually find their way back to each other in the end.
WASHINGTON -- Former President George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers.
I didn't like the military very much while I was growing up. I could chalk that up to being a pre-teen and early teenager during the Vietnam years when -- quite unfortunately -- this country didn't treat its vets very well. I think I also didn't deal well with authority figures since I grew up kind of scrawny and was bullied a bit as a kid.
After six years of peeling back layers of our corrupt state government, nothing should surprise us. And yet Judge Manning's ruling was still a shock -- it didn't seem possible for a judge to shut down a grand jury investigation into alleged corruption by the Speaker of the House and argue that Harrell's staff and colleagues on the House Ethics Committee must first decide if he has committed a crime.
Thousands of days, all those filled with clouds, rain, snow or sunshine, have passed since that time yet the lesson sticks stubbornly to my heart.
I never aspired to possess wisdom. In fact, mere mortals would never achieve such a goal. I did want to be educated, something that was usually denied for females. Few females went to college; the meager funds were for the males in the family. Even today, many men do not want their wives to work outside the home. The need for two salaries has made two occupations a necessity. Of course, in modern times, women still have their female occupations to do in "off duty hours." I learned that if I could not be male, I had better become educated ...
As you know, the city of Camden is focusing on tourism -- figuring out ways to entice people to visit our historic city. There's a lot of competition out there; everyone understands that tourists spend money, don't pollute and point others in our direction if they have a good time.
WASHINGTON -- Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.
This is what I often hear after meeting someone new and they discover I'm an arborist. Sometimes I'm stumped on the trees' problem or what the homeowner perceives to be the problem, but most times able to assist them. If you have a tree in your yard or on street-side, perhaps you've wondered about a particular tree thing. If so, here is Part 1 of some common tree questions I receive.
One of my responsibilities at the newspaper is to go out each week and do the "Sidewalk Survey" feature we run each Wednesday. Just in case you're not aware of it, let me explain. I find six random people around town and ask them one opinion question. There are no right or wrong answers; it really is their opinion. If they're willing to answer, I get their name and town of residence and take their photo. That's where I lose some of them. A lot of people are willing to answer a question, but some balk when ...
I hope this never happens to you.
Parker: CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump was a man in full Thursday night as he accepted the Republican nomination: Full-throated, full of fury and full of himself ...
CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.
And with those famous words from the old Underdog cartoon show, I bid you all a fond adieu.
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