WASHINGTON -- Time has not deflated Edward Snowden's messianic sense of self-importance. Nor has living in an actual police state given the National Security Agency whistleblower any greater appreciation of the actual freedoms that Americans enjoy.
January 03, 2014|
By Ruth Marcus
Washington Post Writers Group
Like many Americans, I continue to be amazed at the tremendous valor and humility of our military past and present fighting and protecting the very freedoms we welcome everyday. I never want to take their selfless service for granted. Since 9/11, our armed forces have been fighting what some would describe as the impossible -- the Global War on Terror -- including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They train and train then train some more. They answer the call of duty from their commander in chief swiftly and without hesitation. Most will tell you they are simply doing their ...
I have a great feeling that 2014 is going to be a great year. I'm not the type to trash on an entire year, and I also try to find the good in situations, but what the heck, 2013 -- why were you kinda lame?
Being married to my husband was never boring! During the past 30 years, he planned trips for us to England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, France, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Greece and other usual tourist spots. Each of these had many fond and not-so-fond memories. Few, however, exceeded China, where I heard a young man tell me he had seen me in Playboy Magazine and want to show me to his mother at his home; Egypt, where a policeman insisted I give him my name so, when I disappeared, my family could hear of my loss, and one man insisted on ...
December 30, 2013|
By Jean Pruett
C-I contributing columnist
Isn't that a great cartoon by Ariail up there? I love how Baby New Year's coming in on a drone, taking a selfie as Old Man 2013 looks on incredulously. It's inspiring, even ... at least to someone who needs to write an end-of-the-year column.
For those of you who are faithful to this column, you will, no doubt, recall that last year I made brand new resolutions. I tossed out the old ones that I had failed at repeatedly and trudged ahead to new ones, optimistically believing that success was mine for the taking.
December 30, 2013|
By Ronda Rich
It's no secret that folks aren't happy with Washington, D.C., career politicians -- both Democrats and Republicans -- have ignored the best interests of our country, allowed the debt to spiral out of control, and stripped the states of their rightful power.
December 27, 2013|
State Rep. Bill Taylor
If you're like thousands of other people in Kershaw County, you got a Christmas present Wednesday that you don't fully know how to work. Chances are good it was some sort of electronic device -- a new smartphone, iPod, video game or some other miracle of modern technology.