WASHINGTON -- This week's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.
In this changing world, I occasionally find myself looking for the things that last. What I mean is, basically everything from the way we do business to entertainment to communication has been revolutionized over the past 20 to 30 years with the advent of computers and the Internet. Computers are awesome, but there are times you just need a person rather than a machine to help you out.
We hear lots of talk, especially around election time, about improving schools in South Carolina. What we don't hear much about is what a truly world class school would look like, or how we would go about creating such a thing.
I was absolutely thrilled Saturday with the C-I's win of the Reid Montgomery FOI award from the S.C. Press Association. It was a real surprise. A good number of papers in this state spend a lot of their time on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and open government issues. Some of them file FOIA requests right and left. Some papers' stories end up setting legal precedents.
The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled. "My husband said to buy whatever I wanted."
When you are researching Robert Mills, South Carolina's first superintendent of public buildings, you inevitably end up trekking off to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the repository for South Carolina's historical state documents. We have an "inside track" there. One of our staff members, Sarah Murray, is married to Robert Murray, a long-time state archives employee. As a prelude to some of our research trips there, we ask Robert to scope out our prospects when the on-line database at the state archives does not yield what we are looking for. Sure enough, Robert found that ...
WASHINGTON -- "Once an agent, always an agent."
Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. They especially know it if my cell phone happens to ring, as my ringtone is the song "The Fishing Hole," more commonly known as The Andy Griffith Show theme song. When it goes off, how can you not picture Andy and Opie coming down the dirt road with their fishing poles?
Conservatives are mightily concerned -- rightly so -- about runaway entitlement spending in this country. Various social programs enacted since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society began in the mid-1960s are at a boiling point.
No, this is not a typo or misprint. No, we did not leave out a number, and South Carolina is not 27th, or 37th or 47th. We are indeed tied for the seventh spot in the country in overall online leaning. Amazing -- but true.
One of my favorite poems of all time is William Shakespeare's "That time of year thou may'st in me behold." It's one of Shakespeare's famous sonnets, one I studied in high school, undergraduate and graduate school. I've always loved it because it's not your typical love poem. It begins, "That time of year thou may'st in me behold/When yellow leaves, or none or few, do hang/Upon those boughs which shake against the cold."
WASHINGTON -- There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie.
"Open government is neither a Democratic or Republican issue. It is an American value that we all must uphold." --Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), March 11, 2014, chairing this year's annual Judiciary Committee hearing on government transparency.
In South Carolina, the State Superintendent of Education's position is an elected office. I suspect having to raise megabucks and participate in South Carolina's hardball politics prevents a lot of very qualified people from running.
They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment but still Rodney keeps trying.
I wish I could scribe this column piece so eloquently that it would send chills down your spine. I wish I could write this piece ...
WASHINGTON -- It should surprise no one that this presidential election -- the first ever to involve a female nominee from a major party in the top ...
A few years ago, when I was working in the Lowcountry, we had yet another whirling messy storm steaming up from the Bahamas. Forgot that ...
ELON, N.C. -- When I first heard that some Elon University students were protesting my invitation to speak on campus and saying my thoughts were ...
I have enjoyed hurricane season ever since I was a mere lass. I know it sounds weird that the woman with a hurricane named after ...
ELON, North Carolina -- My favorite bumper sticker I've never seen: Commas matter.
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