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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 …

Get back to basics UPDATED

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 12:01 a.m.

In the earliest days of our nationís experiment in self-rule, the founders envisioned a government of enumerated, thus limited, powersÖ one which does only those things that individuals cannot do for themselves. They charted the course that they thought would best produce prosperity -- one which empowers the industrious and enterprising among us …

Communities must nurture children UPDATED

Saturday, July 11, 2009 12:01 a.m.

I recently read a thread online, containing months of scholarly queryon the source of the quote: ìIt takes a village to raise a child.î Though widely attributed as an ancient African proverb of Nigerian,Ethiopian or Zulu origin, the ìvillageî truism may also have NativeAmerican roots stemming from the Siouan-speaking Omaha tribe, and seemsto have …

Energy crisis calls for practical solutions UPDATED

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 12:01 a.m.

For several weeks now, both my Washington and South Carolina offices have been receiving numerous calls voicing your support for President Obamaís ìClean Energy Act.îMany of you who called did so because you were encouraged by environmental groups to insist that I support this legislation. Unfortunately, what these groups failed to mention is that, …

Legislative Happenings 07/01 UPDATED

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:01 a.m.

First of all, letís talk about what didnít pass in the 2009 session of the South Carolina General Assembly.  I think most people were disappointed that the cigarette tax did not pass. There were two avenues of thought on how the money should be spent. The House version increases the cigarette tax by 2.5 cents per cigarette or 50 cents per …

Moncks Corner faces greatest need for hospital UPDATED

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:01 a.m.

For most of us, 20 minutes represents a morning coffee break with the newspaper, a fast lunch or a brief walk through the neighborhood. But when you or a loved one is having a heart attack and youíre trying to get to the nearest hospital, 20 minutes can mean the difference between life and death. For residents in northern Berkeley County, it can …

UPDATED

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 12:01 a.m.

A couple weeks ago I accepted an invitation to appear on the cable news channel C-SPAN, which was doing a special feature on the federal ìstimulusî package approved by Congress. Our state has established itself as a national leader on spending transparency, the producers told me, and they felt viewers would be interested in what we are doing to …

UPDATED

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 12:01 a.m.

During his two terms, Republican Gov. Mark Sanford has been, at best, indifferent to South Carolinaís public schools. At times, he has appeared to be downright hostile to the very concept of public education. ??Then, several weeks ago, a mail piece featuring all three announced GOP candidates for governor in 2010 came across my desk. And there …

Legislative Happenings 06/30 UPDATED

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:01 a.m.

To rate the success of the 118th session of the General Assembly is extremely hard this year.Because of the depressed economy and hard times for many folks, and the fact that the legislature has been trying to figure out a way for the state to receive the $700 million in stimulus money over the protest of the governor, very little substantive …

The State Capitol Report UPDATED

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:01 a.m.

On Thursday, May 21, the General Assembly concluded its regular legislative work early, but is operating under a resolution that allows lawmakers to return later this year to consider a limited list of specified matters, such as gubernatorial vetoes and conference committee reports on compromise legislation proposed by House and Senate negotiators. …

UPDATED

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 12:01 a.m.

It seems you canít open a newspaper or turn on the television these days without being bombarded with ìbad newsî -- news of skyrocketing unemployment, a deep recession, political strife, and partisan posturing and finger-pointing in Washington. Itís an unfortunate fact that positive developments are too often overlooked.Yet there is plenty of …

Honor Flight is a fitting tribute to veterans UPDATED

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 12:01 a.m.

?Those who served our country during World War II and other wars deserve our profound appreciation. It is because of our war veterans that we remain strong as a nation, and we enjoy many of the freedoms we all-too-often take for granted, The World War II Memorial in Washington, DC is a sacred place of remembrance, solace and reflection for those …

Legislative Happenings 05/20 UPDATED

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 12:01 a.m.

To save taxpayers money, the South Carolina House of Representatives was furloughed for another week.  The Senate, in the meantime, was in session and worked on a number of important bills that the House had already passed.A Senate Finance Subcommittee debated a bill to increase the stateís cigarette tax.  The subcommittee considered an …

Honor Flight is a fitting tribute to veterans UPDATED

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:01 a.m.

Those who served our country during World War II and other wars deserve our profound appreciation. It is because of our war veterans that we remain strong as a nation, and we enjoy many of the freedoms we all-too-often take for granted, The World War II Memorial in Washington, DC is a sacred place of remembrance, solace and reflection for those …

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