WASHINGTON -- The headlines were immediate: all-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial.
I recently spent a weekend in the Appalachian Mountains with a few friends. Upon arrival, we all noticed one disturbing thing: no cell phone reception. I'm talking maybe one bar of service in one spot in the backyard, slim to no luck with getting one in town and the scary "NO SERVICE" notice among the hiking trails. Basically, for the weekend, we realized we had no access to some of the things we value the most. No Facebook. No Twitter updates. No posting pictures to Instagram. And you better believe there was no way of loading Snapchat. As we ...
I'm not much into Washington scandals. Generally, I think they tend to distract us from the fundamental problems that we face as a nation. Sometimes it seems that our nation's capital would much prefer to focus more on some general's girlfriend than it would on things like balancing the budget. I've also learned that something that might be a front-page scandal to one party when it is in the minority is easily ignored by that same party once it wins a few elections.
This week's headline is based on the premise that someday, perhaps someday really soon, a prosecutor -- or a solicitor, as we call them here in South Carolina -- might say something like it in a courtroom.
WASHINGTON -- Distilled to a slogan, politics of late goes something like this: "I'm more fertile than you are."
Education was much different when I was a child! Children did not receive awards just for attending class. In fact, even in the first grades, students became what is known today as "labeled." I was very disappointed when the teacher told me I was to be a blue bird, the division for the quicker students. I pled with her to let me be a red bird, the other division, to no avail. I remember she said, while patting me on the head, "Oh, honey, you don't want to be a red bird." Oh, yes, I did, no matter what ...
We have come to the end of another legislative session. Any vetoes the governor may make on the budget and a handful of bills that were passed last week will be addressed later this week. However, I want to share some important bills that have passed.
A woman I went to college with recently posted a blog about achieving goals.
How to impress a woman: Wine her, dine her, call her, hug her, hold her, surprise her, compliment her, smile at her, laugh with her, cry with her, shop with her, give her jewelry, buy her flowers, hold her hand, write love letters to her, go to the end of the earth and back again for her.
Labor unions have been knocked back, knocked down and knocked out for so long that a new generation of organizers is beginning to try something new. Instead of unionizing and then protesting, they're protesting first.
We can thank William Penn of colonial Pennsylvania fame for the plan of Camden! By the time that Joseph Kershaw moved to this area in 1758, Philadelphia, Pa., was three quarters of a century old. Penn developed and published plans for Philadelphia, our country's first capital, between 1681 and 1683. In 1683, Penn's Surveyor General, Thomas Holme, published the plan they developed in "Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia." A revolutionary plan at the time, the new city of Philadelphia was to be built around a central public square of 10 acres. In each quadrant of the city ...
I've always heard the phrase "don't shoot the messenger" throughout my life. I somewhat understood what it meant -- don't take your anger out on someone who is simply relaying unwanted information. It wasn't until I started my career as a reporter that I developed a deeper and more meaningful relationship with this quote. Being a journalist means that not only do I get to be the bearer of good news involving our community, but sometimes it also involves me being the bearer of bad news. In an ideal and perfect world the only news available to ...
WASHINGTON -- At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!"
When I was a young boy growing up and my mother confronted me with something that I knew I had done wrong, I often stammered around, making excuses and trying to avoid fessing up. My mom's response was always the same: "Let's begin by just telling the truth."
** A new Gallup poll indicates that Americans rank the performance of Congress at the lowest level since polling on the subject began. Only 10 percent of citizens say they have confidence in Congress, with no discernible difference among those who call themselves Democrats and those who say they're Republicans. Congress rates last on a list of 16 institutions, with the American military ranking first. The Gallup organization has been asking opinions of Congress since 1973, and confidence has been less than 20 percent since 2006.
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.)
WASHINGTON -- In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late Monday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.
One of the questions of the tragic killing of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is, why him? And, why now?
I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.
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