It has been weeks since I have been here in the Chronicle. I have a good excuse though. I was so near death's door that the knocker on it bore my face, grimaces and all.
It is front-page news all across the state and indeed nationwide — a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happened.
This week, more than 800 movers and shakers from 10 Upstate counties gathered in Greenville. It was an amazing event because of (1) what they said, (2) what they did not say, and (3) what it means for the rest of the state.
Hard hits. Domination. Fierce competition to become the victor. Taunting.
In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the U.S. Senate. And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott.
Last weekend, I drove up to Carthage, North Carolina, to see some old friends. From Columbia, I took U.S. 1 from Camden through McBee to Cheraw, then into North Carolina.
As I write these words, I'm sitting on a rustic dock overlooking a beautiful, placid pond on a coastal South Carolina island. I'm surrounded by nothing but God's creations and natural beauty.
To the editor:
The world is shrinking and with the Internet we are now all hyper-connected. One result of this is that where once we looked at problems as local or maybe state and national issues, now we can see issues simultaneously on a local to global level...