"You know you're going to write my obituary."
WASHINGTON -- The exchange of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has reminded us of three unpleasant facts of life:
Seventy years ago today, American soldiers stormed beaches in the Normandy province of France, beginning the painful and deadly blitz that would bring down the Nazis and preserve freedom in Europe.
Brian Mayes arrived in Camden 16 years ago as a rising gospel singer ill from on-the-road food poisoning. In his recuperation he understood, almost as a calling, that he was brought here, he says, "to help the children." With that, he abandoned his career, and for years developed youth programs, with or without funding. He famously manages the fall Step Show, typically packed to the rafters in the Camden High School gym. Now, after his years of improvisational outreach he's the director of the new Boys & Girls Teen Club in the old Jackson High School across from Camden High ...
This election year is certainly shaping up to be an interesting one in Kershaw County, including, and in some cases especially, next week in the primary. Several races will be determined on Tuesday, as all the candidates for those particular offices represent the same political party. Whoever wins Tuesday will have no competition in the November general election, so they'll already know what they'll be doing the next few years. Well, let's hope they'll know what they're doing.
A regular reader of these weekly columns recent noted that it seems like many of my columns are based on a review of a national study that looks at conditions in each of the 50 states about such things as health, education, job creation, etc. She is right, and there is a reason for this.
It's not always easy to come up with something to write about for my weekly column. I have a few rules in place. First, it must be something I've genuinely interested in. For me to create something interesting for others, I have to be interested in it myself. I'm a terrible faker, so feigning interest is something you will never see me do.
WASHINGTON -- To hear tell, the mean ol' GOP is waging war on Michelle Obama and, brace yourself, America's children.
Not long ago, I wrote about my sons and I taking our "Cahn All-Boys 2014 Spring Break" trip to see my father outside Washington, D.C. In that column, I talked about visiting College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Md., and how I was inspired to think about getting a similar museum built -- someday -- here in Camden at Woodward Field.
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?"
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.
Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.
A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.
I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...
WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.
OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.
In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.
In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.
If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.
Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?
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