The other day, a long time South Carolina businessman remarked that in the past, the top 10 leaders in our state were the 10 white males that had the 10 biggest corner offices on the top floor of the 10 tallest buildings in the state.
Whether she got great advice from her team or she made the decision on her own, kudos to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley for declaring a state of emergency during our recent winter storm. It was absolutely the right thing to do.
She said it, of course, with smirk. Those women who really don't understand the ways of the women of the South seem to always speak about us in words that are vividly cloaked in disdain.
In the middle of more than $30 million in budget cuts our school district had to make during the economic downturn -- cuts that are not yet close to being fully restored -- a number of politicians and citizens told me that schools needed to be "run more like a business." That's a line I hear a lot. It's a good sound bite, especially from politicians and others who don't want to acknowledge the consequences of poor long-term decisions. But it doesn't reflect reality.
The game of Russian roulette consists of taking a loaded gun, aiming it at your head, firing it, and hoping the chamber will be empty. After I completed my Ph.D., I still lacked wisdom. When my husband wanted to give me a trip for a graduation present, I thought I had earned at least a trip to three locations, so I chose China, Egypt and Russia. Each location was different, but this article concerns Russia. The tourism brochures painted marvelous pictures of an elegant vacation with spas, up-to-date hotels and excursions. The brochures did not lie: the sites were ...
WASHINGTON -- Groundhog Day isn't just a movie.
Many people who live in the South -- right here in Kershaw County -- think they're experts at driving in snow and ice, despite the fact that they virtually never have to do it.
By the time this comes out in the Chronicle-Independent, our most recent episode of wintry weather should be behind us. I sure hope so and good riddance. As southerners, we're just not well-equipped or prepared for snow and ice. We don't get a lot of it, thank God. That's one of the many benefits of living here.
Here are some Valentine and anniversary stories of your friends and neighbors with a dash of local history.
In the early stages so often we would hear, "What's happening to me?" Usually someone nearby could ease the worry with some kind, encouraging words convincing her she was fine and safe then quickly use the art of distraction to steer her away from this momentary fret. Instants like those were especially difficult for me. They delivered innate feelings of guilt. They reminded me of the harsh detail of what we had done. They were a reminder of the fact we had just noticeably lessened the radius of our mother's life. We had to -- her mind was no ...
My sister and I recently watched the "Snapped: Jodi Arias" special documentary. My absolute favorite thing to watch on TV is crime investigation programming. I love that type of thing -- real-life murder mysteries and figuring out who's the culprit and how to punish him or her accordingly. That's what I consider real, riveting entertainment.
Three separate newspaper stories this week, one national and two local, foreshadow the future for Charleston -- and that future has the potential to be very, very bright.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama gave a lovely speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast -- and one is reluctant to criticize.
Benjamin Franklin famously remarked, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." That thought is as true today as it was more than two centuries ago, and it's as important for organizations as it is for individuals. Planning allows both people and organizations to identify strengths, recognize challenges, maximize resources, and plot a course for the future.
(This is the third part of a three part series on a visit to Charlie Tinker's grave.)
It's a little odd to have such a beautiful spring day in January. Not unheard of, not even uncommon, but odd nonetheless.
WASHINGTON -- So, that happened.
When I was the age of four, Mama's uncle, a kind and successful man, died. The call came late one night that his life ...
Do you know a hero? Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but they share an electrifying passion to help others, even at their own ...
Eight years ago, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated that we would have to pass the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in order to ...
WASHINGTON -- A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: "John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come."
Why is it that even now, as a middle aged adult, I have a difficult time keeping a straight face in church?
WASHINGTON -- Republicans can argue until their last breath that Trump objectors are sore losers, but isn't more at stake than "mere politics"? This phrase ...
When I was in elementary school, I used to love MLK Day. Not for the shallow reason that we had the day off, but for ...
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city's federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the ...
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