"Then the lie passed into history and became truth." -- "1984" by George Orwell
Freedom isn't free. You've probably seen bumper stickers that read this phrase or something along the lines or heard the poem of the same title. It's true, freedom isn't free. The costs are outstanding in financial resources, time, human lives and, ironically, freedom. Think about it -- how much freedom do those who fight for freedom, our soldiers, have? Considering the world affairs of the past two months or so, freedom ...
SAG HARBOR, N.Y. -- Everybody wants to save the children. It's the cliche that tipped the point that jumped the shark in a perfect storm.
Last week, the House of Representatives approved a proposed state government budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 by adopting and sending to the Senate H.3700, this year's general appropriations bill, and H.3701, the joint resolution making appropriations from the capital reserve fund. The proposed $5.4 billion budget includes widespread cuts for state government agencies made necessary by the declines in state revenue in recent years and by the absence of federal stimulus funds that have ...
I've always had a special fondness for community newspapers. The newspaper you hold in your hand helps strengthen your community. Weekly and other non-daily publications boost the local economy -- both through advertising and in news coverage. They showcase local businesses at a time we should be shopping locally, investing in the community and protecting local jobs. Community newspapers bring us "good news" -- news of Cub Scout projects, civic fundraisers, little-league ...
Over the past few months, in this newspaper and others, you have read a number of columns and op-ed pieces written by administrators and supporters of various programs that receive government funding and are facing the specter of budget cuts.
When someone recently asked me to name three things I can't live without, I immediately replied, "My phone, Bible and high heels."
Could NPR survive without public funding? That depends on which NPR you're talking about.
As Mayor, I am honored to have the opportunity to tell the story of Camden -- to highlight our strengths and boast about our community. Today I have the chance to tell that story to a brand new audience.
"He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels." "He speaks fluent French, in Russian." "Sharks have a week devoted to him." "Police often question him, just because they find him interesting." If you watch enough television, all these quotes are likely to sound familiar. They are, of course, lines from the Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man in the World," the hilarious -- and in my opinion, ...
Eulogies for David Broder are still tumbling from the fingertips of friends and fans. He was the dean of political journalists, a man both generous and gracious, a reporter's reporter. Humble.
We are in the midst of a dynamic time for healthcare. Two factors in particular are having a major impact -- evolving models for physician practices and healthcare reform.
It just so happens that this week -- a week after we announced this paper's win in the S.C. Press Association's General Excellence category -- is Sunshine Week.
I've been doing this work for almost 36 years. Having been around public education for that long, I've seen just about every solution to increasing student academic performance that has ever been thought up, usually more than once. In the case of merit pay, this is about the third time around for me. Déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. Legislation pending in the South Carolina General Assembly would freeze teacher ...
If there's one thing that I love about being a journalist, it's having the ability to tell someone's story.
Our grand city of Camden is a beautifully preserved town laid out in an 18th century plan devised by Joseph Kershaw. We are proud of our historic homes and buildings, carefully placed public parks, wide streets, and beautiful trees. So it is easy to forget that this was not the original plan for the "town" that was to develop in this area of South Carolina. The original plan was a part of the "Township ...
Well, this is a fine mess.
Kershaw County public safety is at a crossroads. The sheriff's office is greatly understaffed and deputies are compensated for their mandatory overtime work by an antiquated and grossly unfair payment system. The solicitor's office is working with half the staff it needs to properly prosecute the cases it receives every month and the jail is barely able to keep sufficient staff to meet state standards. <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; line-height: ...
In "Getting it wrong about Plan B," Ruth Marcus ends her column by stating that the debate over the proposed Plan B policy "isn't about the government coming between parents and children or society condoning teen sex. It's about preventing teen pregnancy."
WASHINGTON -- Enough with this "enough" business.
KershawHealth recently completed a week of celebration commemorating the opening of the Camden Hospital in 1913 and a century of outstanding care. One of the things that struck me during those activities was the incredible amount of community support the hospital has always enjoyed, and the amazing things that strategic thinking and teamwork can accomplish.
Somehow, the man who walked the Appalachian Trail all the way to Argentina to see his mistress got elected to Congress last Tuesday in a voting outcome that almost defies belief.
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