Kennard: Newest grad has proud father

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:18 p.m.

Pardon me for a minute while I brag about my children, specifically my youngest child, Tall Sam. Sam is the youngest of our four children. He’s got an older brother who actually may have a couple of inches in height on him, but at 6 foot, 5 inches I still look up to him.

Kennard: Awards reflect quality of local journalism

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:59 p.m.

The pending arrival of spring brings with it the arrival of the awards season.

Pitts wasting your time trying to bully the press

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:18 a.m.

I confess. I had more fun responding to inquiries about Mike Pitts’ (R-Laurens) journalist registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press or personal freedoms.

Editor’s Notes: Context adds meaning to hike in the woods

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:33 a.m.

I went for a walk in the woods over the weekend and stumbled across a piece of history.

America should take a bigger role to prevent terrorism

Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:01 a.m.

In his address on national television in December, President Obama insisted that he has a strategy to destroy Islamic State, also known as ISIS. But what Americans see instead is an incremental, reactive, indirect approach that assumes time is on our side. It is not.

New Year’s Wishes

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 2:21 p.m.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and I’m still wearing my stretchy pants. I gorged on fruitcake, toffee, chocolate and Trader Joe’s coconut bars until my taste buds rebelled. You know that “ugh” point, when you’ve eaten so much nothing looks good? That’s where I am.

EDITOR’S NOTES: New face in editor’s chair

EDITOR’S NOTES: New face in editor’s chair
Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:22 a.m.

Last summer, my youngest son and I spent several weeks in the garage building a couple of kayaks as part of a Scout project. The skin-on-frame …

When food worldviews clash

When food worldviews clash
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 12:29 p.m.

Yesterday I opened the refrigerator, groaned and slammed the door. Then I opened the freezer, screamed and slammed the door.

I wonder ...

I wonder ...
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 12:01 a.m.

I wonder….

Starting is easy, but finishing is....what’s that?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Surely I have ADD. I can’t spend three minutes on one task before I get distrac—SQUIRREL!

Have you read the one abou-zzzzzzzzzzz

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:01 a.m.

I saw a link on Facebook the other day that made me laugh: “Reading can reduce insomnia”.

The heat is bringing out the crazy

The heat is bringing out the crazy
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:01 a.m.

I’m working on a theory: People have always been crazy, we just haven’t known about it. With today’s 24-hour news cycle, every …

Living longer and enjoying it

Monday, July 20, 2015 4:58 p.m.

My family is always tossing around pearls of wisdom. At my high school graduation Uncle Charles announced, “After you turn fitty, it’s all doctors, all the time. Enjoy your health, gal.”

The joys of ‘Insanity’ UPDATED

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:01 a.m.

I like to think of myself as a dedicated runner. I also like to think of myself as a six-foot tall redheaded showgirl, so we can see where this is going.

Fanfare for the Common Man: Steak... on a SWORD! UPDATED

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:20 a.m.

If you were to look for parallels across history to compare with the next 600 words you are about to read, upon reflection I’ve come up with one: Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Fanfare for the Common Man: What is this gluten?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:56 a.m.

I was talking with the Ex recently about the success of her diet, and I asked her how she did it.

County budget increases services, decreases taxes UPDATED

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:01 a.m.

It was interesting to read the recent Berkeley Independent headline that stated “County Council Power Shift Tops 2013 News.”

Twas the Day After Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:13 p.m.

Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in 1822. With Christmas morning in your rearview mirror, here’s my version. A “What If” take, such as What if Santa left one kid in all the world nothing but clothes under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning and this event was then memorialized in a poem?

Fanfare for the Common Man: The third toe

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 2:43 p.m.

You can blame this on last week’s time change.

South Carolina voters deserve better

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Our state’s governor’s race is beginning in earnest. And, the early indications are it is likely to be dirty, mean-spirited and devoid of substance and issues – in short, politics as usual from both political parties in South Carolina.

Funeral options involving trees

Thursday, September 5, 2013 3:27 p.m.

I received an interesting e-mail from my friend Craig, who has inspired several columns. It directed me to a website where I would learn how I could become a tree when I die. Of course I had to see what that was about.

Guest Editorial: Is American Dream still alive in SC? UPDATED

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 11:46 p.m.

  The American Dream is simple. It is the foundation of our country and our state. It is not written into the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution; no Congress or legislature ever passed laws to make it official.But every American knows what it means and so do the countless millions of immigrants from around the world who have risked it …

Guest Editorial: State faces huge public health challenge UPDATED

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:28 p.m.

 Our state is facing the greatest public health challenge of our lifetime. As many South Carolinians who have worked all of their lives, paid taxes, and been actively involved in their communities are now reaching retirement, they are also at risk of losing everything they’ve worked so hard to earn.So how do you go about planning to care for …

Fanfare for the Common Man UPDATED

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:01 a.m.

The Book of Awkward Moments Life is a series of moments … awkward moments … one leading into the next, spanning all the days of your lives. Sometimes the odds are in your favor, other times they’re not.  I remember my first awkward moment. It was that time in kindergarten when I was too embarrassed to ask to go to the bathroom and I reached …

Smith Says UPDATED

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:01 a.m.

You know what the difference is between men and women? Hats. That’s right, hats. Or… maybe that’s just me and Widdle. Let me explain. In one of my frequent thrift-shop forays a few weeks ago, I snagged a jaunty straw fedora accented with a tropical-leaf hatband. Nothing flamboyant, just cute and summer-ish. I took it home, placed it atop one of …

Guest Editorial: Adult day service centers vital to seniors UPDATED

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:01 a.m.

As health care costs continue to rise and as the size of our stateís aging population increases, it is time to focus on ways to take care of our stateís older citizens in a safe, respectful, and cost efficient manner.  Community long term care (CLTC) is an important piece in this effort, and one of the best tools in the CLTC tool box is adult …

Adult day service centers vital to seniors UPDATED

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 12:01 a.m.

As health care costs continue to rise and as the size of our stateís aging population increases, it is time to focus on ways to take care of our stateís older citizens in a safe, respectful, and cost efficient manner.  Community long term care (CLTC) is an important piece in this effort, and one of the best tools in the CLTC tool box is adult …

Guest Editorial: The stimulus: Where is it going? UPDATED

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:01 a.m.

People are asking about the stimulus money, where is it going and how do they get it.  The stimulus bill is projected to have more than a $2.8 billion flow into South Carolina. More than $513 million has already made its way to state agencies and programs.  The Department of Health and Human Services has received as of mid August $333.3 …

Guest Editorial: The people of South Carolina must come first UPDATED

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 12:01 a.m.

For the last six years, it has been my distinct honor to serve as Lt. Governor of the State of South Carolina. During this time, I have served alongside Gov. Sanford, with whom I have not always agreed on every issue. Despite these differences, I have given the Governor my support in the best interest of the people of South Carolina. In every …

Guest Editorial: Governor responds to latest criticism UPDATED

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 12:01 a.m.

In my first race for Congress a local reporter in Myrtle Beach had taken a few words from an interview and used them in a different context to paint a picture that was far from what I believed.  When I confronted him on taking my words out of context his simple reply was, ìLife is out of context.î  I believed then, as I do today, that …

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