It is customary in the wake of a major racial eruption to say that we Americans need to have a national conversation on race. Yet the fury surrounding the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin shows why it is so hard for us to hold that conversation.
In 1957, Elisabeth Doby English wrote: "Over the mantel in a certain Nashville, Tennessee, home hangs the portrait of a handsome Confederate officer in his uniform that the small boys of the household call 'The Man over the Mantel.'" That portrait of Captain Alfred English Doby was painted by William H. Scarborough in 1865 from a Civil War photograph.
Science fiction novels and comic books are filled with "What If?" stories. Marvel Comics had a long-running series of comics called, gee, "What If?" They still put a few out every now and then. Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history fiction, supposing what America might have been like if aliens interrupted World War II or the South had won the Civil War.
I don't watch a lot of TV but every week or so I'll sit down and watch a drama-filled reality show with my sister or my mom. Last week, my sister and I were watching a show on Vh1 and my sister said, "I want to be best friends with ___." I thought it was funny and cute that my sister said that, because I think they could be great friends. A few days later, I walked into the den and my sister was watching the exact same show and said something similar: "I'm going to make ...
You can lead a student to knowledge, according to an old academic saying, but you can't make them think.
With the NCAA's college basketball tournament coming to a head this weekend -- the championship game will be played Monday night -- it's time to take a look at one of the worst rules ever enacted: the National Basketball Association's 19-year-old minimum age, which has contributed to the "one-and-done" culture of today's college hoops scene: that is, players who come out of high school, go to college for one year and then skip to the NBA.
WASHINGTON -- By now you've heard it plenty: The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka "Obamacare," is like the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This creative bit of dot-connecting began with President Obama, and has been perpetuated by countless talk-show hosts and their guests.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- As the sun rises and dabs Caesars Palace with morning rouge, irony struts down the strip of casinos, shops and nightclubs.
With his so-called "Etch A Sketch" quip, Mitt Romney's aide, Eric Fehrnstrom, did a lot more to help the makers of the popular kids' toy than his actual boss.
WASHINGTON -- What's in a name?
Last week, it was reported that South Carolina ranked among the states most at risk for corruption. In a study conducted by State Integrity Investigation, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International, South Carolina received a grade of "F" and ranked 45th among the 50 states.
FRIDAY -- My wife's birthday is tomorrow (Saturday, March 24) and she's decided to celebrate by leaving me ... to spend the weekend with a friend in Summerville she's known since growing up in New York when they were kids.
Hello and Happy Friday! Another month has passed so let me see what I have in store for you this month…
I'm glad to hear the Justice Department is looking into the killing of Trayvon Martin. After all, if they can investigate the killing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, they can do it in Florida.
Last week I attended a ceremony honoring Circuit Judge Ernest Kinard for his quarter-century on the bench.
April 11, 2014 was a very important day in the history of South Carolina. Few people noticed that anything much happened – but I would argue that this was the day we as a state did two very important things.
WASHINGTON -- In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.
Americans love their sports. We especially love baseball, basketball, football and hockey. We love the Super Bowl, March Madness, the Stanley Cup and World Series.
Recently, I attended the Congress on Healthcare Leadership presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and I was most impressed by one presentation: Building the New Healthcare Delivery System. In particular, I was struck by the fact that healthcare executives from across the country were focused almost exclusively on this new world of healthcare and its impact on how the organizations they lead are designed.
She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round that they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.
Life requires courage. Courage doesn't always roar like a lion. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice, unassuming in all its resilience and fortitude, the gentle giant among us, the self-effacing titan in our presence. Remember the line, or was it a show on television -- "kids say the darndest things?" For the moment, I'm going to change it to say, "Kids do insanely courageous things." I always find it an amazing occurrence when certain people or groups of people are put in our paths. They dissect our "straight" lines for reasons often unknown to us. Most of us just ...
If you're glad spring is here and you're looking back on this winter as one of the worst ever, you're right. But if you want a few weather statistics that are really cruel, try these on for size:
I have been watching with great interest this week the news reports on the trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker. As many of you know, I came here from Pageland in Chesterfield County in late December and when I first went to work there in early 2011, Parker was the sheriff. So, I knew Parker well through my work.
WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.
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