There are rewards for diligence. We have been rearranging the collections storage stacks at the Camden Archives and Museum for the past month. Three of us going through each box, each folder, each book and object making sure that it is listed in the collections database correctly. My task is to check the oversized materials -- the things that need to go in a map case and the large books stashed around the stacks. It's not scintillating work but it has to be done -- so we plod through one more stack of books and the next shelf of storage boxes ...
As the father of a young man who is close to the same age, size and build as Trayvon Martin, I sympathize with his parents.
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My only personal reference to Mount Rushmore was a background to Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and an American icon. But after my three-year involvement with "tourism," both from Historic Camden's perspective, as well as city/county "tourism initiatives," when I toured Mount Rushmore last week the answer to "Why Mount Rushmore?" was startling. I naively assumed this National Monument was created as a tribute to presidents and homage to our nation and that Mount Rushmore was the ideal location. But that's not the core reason. Surprisingly, the answer was simply, "tourism."
I'm not completely sure who said it, but I frequently hear the quote "life begins at the end of your comfort zone" posted anywhere from social media sites to scrawled on the covers of journals. I've always had issues with doing things alone. Not necessarily that I have issues being alone but more along the lines of eating at a restaurant or seeing a movie in theatres; things that I'd prefer to do with another person or a group of people. I have no qualms in shopping alone or doing other activities independently but outings such as ...
WASHINGTON -- Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs.
While I was wandering around the Kershaw County Farmer's Market on a recent Saturday, I struck up a conversation with a community member about technology in schools. Our conversation mostly had to do with whether or not our district is getting a "bang for the buck" for its investment in technology. We had a pretty interesting discussion, but I did walk away wondering why I've never had the same discussion with anyone about textbooks. The taxpayers of South Carolina spend about $4 million in Kershaw County for textbooks. It's more than a little surprising to me that ...
WASHINGTON -- As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: it may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.
The recent unpleasant, muggy, wet weather made me remember what seemed to be even worse days. When my younger friends ask me if I ever had hot flashes, I have to laugh. Since I taught in an un-air conditioned school where apparel was a dress, slip, underwear and stockings, I was always in a state of hot flashes. If I ever had a medical hot flash, I do not know. School began in August. In a matter of minutes, not one thread of clothing was dry. In fact, at lunch, when allowed, I went home, took a bath, changed clothes ...
A couple weeks ago I was watching an old western movie on television when a young actor caught my eye.
With lots of talk about gun rights, concealed weapon permits and school resource officers, it seems we've let one group that is also affected by gun ownership slip under the radar.
A decent respect for our history and heritage demands that over the Fourth of July holidays we do more than just eat bar-b-que, watch fireworks or go fishing.
A new poll suggests that Americans, including black Americans, tend to think blacks are more racist than whites or Hispanics. I don't think we are. We only sound like it sometimes.
WASHINGTON -- In the annals of murder trials, few testimonies can rival the impact of slain teenager Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton: "I heard my son screaming."
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.
Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.
When I was a wise-elbowed, wet nosed kid barely out of college, a lot of people used to annoy me with questions about what I wanted to do for a living.
(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)
Listen up, local public bodies: the S.C. Supreme Court recently ruled in a North Augusta case which I hope will make clearer -- if not settle once and for all -- how you enter executive sessions.
It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.
(In last month's column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn't handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.)
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