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.
National Newspaper Week starts Sunday, just in time for our change from a three times a week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday publication to a twice weekly ...
"I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…" -Roger Miller
In September, a merchant and friend emailed me about our downtown. I decided our communication was worth considering for this column.
Recently at the College of Charleston, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman delivered what was billed as The State of the Schools Speech.
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.
As I have written about a couple of times here, especially last week, I have been promoted to the position of editor for The Country ...
It's off the front page of the newspapers. There are no packs of reporters prowling the streets. The banks of television cameras across from ...
WASHINGTON -- "Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid," my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people's ...
I got this a few years ago from a twisted musician friend of mine. Of course, I don't usually publish something I get by ...
Names have always been interesting and fun when it comes to Lita "Squeaky" Wagensteen. From the horse "Goldman Sox" to the dog "Zsa Zsa Goober ...
It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me: perhaps my writing days were over. It was time to just ...
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