WASHINGTON -- You might say I have a dog in this fight.
Jon Butzon is a big guy and he has some big ideas about how we can fix education in South Carolina. He should know because for years he's run the Charleston Education Network -- he's seen it, lived it and thought about it. He knows where we are as a state; he knows what works, and most importantly what doesn't work.
A lot of people have become outraged at the idea that Verizon is turning over -- on a daily basis -- huge amounts of data to the National Security Agency (NSA) tied to American cell and other phone usage.
Last week we talked about the new wave of obituaries which are not only informative but often lively and even funny.
Time and again, I am moved to emotion at the goodness of Americans particularly in instants of unexpected and horrific circumstances - natural disasters, terrorism, and life-shattering violence. It can be difficult knowing how to talk to our children about the loss and the fear surrounding events like 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Newtown, the Boston Marathon, tornados in Oklahoma, among others. Unluckily, the majority of our kids have seen the disturbing images on television from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers to the devastation in Oklahoma to the unspeakable carnage in Boston. At times, it may seem impossible to ...
It was a kneejerk reaction to a kneejerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.
I'm not typically one to really keep up with the happenings on FOX News or really any other news type channel for that matter. I don't really watch TV all that often so I tend to get my news from a variety of websites. However, sometime Friday as I scanned my Facebook newsfeed I began to see a trend. There appeared to be some sort of hullaballoo regarding comments said on FOX News. The thing that caught my attention were the variety of people who were posting about what happened. It wasn't just those that refer to ...
WASHINGTON -- News that women increasingly are the leading or sole breadwinner in the American family has resurrected the perennial question: Why do we need men?
The last days of May and the beginning of June mark a couple of passages for me.
Along the eastern edge of Kershaw County flow the Little and Big Lynches rivers. European settlers received land grants along these two rivers in the three decades preceding the Revolutionary War. They began to plant and cultivate crops in the rich bottom lands bordering these rivers and during the next half century, several large plantations developed. One such plantation was that of David and Elizabeth Tyner Kelley and their son Wiley Kelley (1795-1873).
WASHINGTON -- It's good to know that the war on terror is finally over. It was all so ugly, what with the beheadings and bombings.
One of the neat things about being a reporter is all the inside scoops you get.
Could a president order drone strikes against journalists? I'm not worried. No, really. Not much.
Obituaries are a lot more interesting now than they used to be, though perhaps a bit less truthful.
A friend of mine came through town the other week to stay with me for a night as a sort of rest stop on his current road trip. Naturally, he wanted to see all the many sites and attractions that the area has to offer. As we drove through downtown Camden and I pointed out all the historical houses and then crossed over the bridge separating Camden from Lugoff, he said to me "everyone waves here." I was a little confused by this statement. So I asked him what exactly he meant by that. I mean, I understood the words ...
I read the other day Stephen Hawking is leading a new effort to look for extraterrestrial life.
A friend said something the other day which has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:
America is No. 1 in the world for the number of cats with an estimated 74 million felines. Experts believe there are millions of unspayed, unneutered, unwanted and uncared for cats. They roam our streets and are multiplying at lightning speed.
There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix it. The question is will we?
My father recently pulled the old "baby picture" trick, but for the modern age.
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.
The mere mention of the word "root extraction" concurs up images of the dentist chair, Novocain and the shrill sound of the drilling tool, which sends a shiver up my spine! Thankfully, extraction in this context is not of tooth roots but of tree roots.
WASHINGTON -- In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.
My mother's family has six in her generation. She is the oldest, followed by my Aunt Doris and my uncles Mart, Bill, Jim and John. They grew up on a small farm in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri, but are now scattered about, as many families are. They are a remarkable bunch.
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