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Take the voter test

It's a simple-yet-intriguing idea: a web site that allows presidential candidates from across the country -- and politicians vying for a host of other races, too -- to simply and unequivocally state their positions on important issues so that voters can know exactly where they stand.

November 11, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Let’s have a real Thanksgiving

It's been nearly two weeks since Halloween.

November 11, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Lack of effective energy policy will hurt America’s economic future

To this point in the 2012 election cycle, the Republican contenders have been all bark and no bite when it comes to the nation's energy future. President Obama's approach, however, hasn't been much better.

November 09, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Much ado

WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain searched his memory for details about what might have caused a woman in the 1990s to accuse him of sexual harassment.

November 09, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Wellness matters

You might wonder how KershawHealth meets the health and wellness needs of our community. After all, creating a healthier community is an integral part of our mission. How do we provide the education, support and activities that will accomplish this worthy goal?

November 09, 2011 | KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Herman Cain’s scandal pain

President candidate Herman Cain came to Washington to talk about his tax plans but ended up talking about sex. Welcome to the life of the top-tier candidate, Mr. Cain.

November 07, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Railroad artifacts

Beginning in the 1830s and continuing to about 1980, the railroad was a very important component in the "warp and weave" of the nation's fabric. During this period the railroad was one of the chief transporters of passengers, mail, and goods used in America.

November 07, 2011 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


‘You can lead a horse to water...’

I admit it.

November 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Musings on a fall day

Random thoughts on a brilliant fall afternoon:

November 04, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Cain's smoking gun

WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain's craggy-faced Chief of Staff Mark Block took a drag off a cigarette, blew smoke at the camera and sent the political class into coughing fits.

November 04, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Still fighting an old culture war

An outraged liberal group has called for MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan for what it calls "white supremacist" views. I'd rather leave Pat and his views free to discredit themselves.

November 04, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Focusing on the Fed

"I'd prop him up and put a pair of dark glasses on him and keep him as long as I could."

November 02, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Bauer’s track record adds absurdity to state’s delegation

Andre Bauer must be looking for a second life in S.C. politics. Or more precisely, Andre Bauer must be looking for a second shot at a second life in S.C. politics.

November 02, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


What the world needs now

WASHINGTON -- On perfectly beautiful days such as these, it is impossible to conceive of conflict.

November 02, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


It’s not just Halloween, it’s 7B Day

Here's a scary thought: somewhere, sometime today, the 7 billionth living human has or will be born.

October 31, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Lessons from Patient Zero

WASHINGTON -- Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

October 29, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The deepest hole

July 27 marked the beginning of the most stressful week of my life. It began with the surprising news of my aunt's passing, and on top of having to deal with that, I also had to get through my last week of two summer classes and do work for two other classes that would end the following week.

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Bradlee contributed to our democracy

Ben Bradlee became editor of The Washington Post the year I was born, 1965. He stepped down when I was 26, in 1991, the year after I moved to the Midlands of South Carolina.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

October 27, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Ebola fear and politics, from Bamberg to Bangkok

Ebola is scary. It has scared the bejesus out of us here in South Carolina, nationally and literally all over the world.

October 27, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why a hike in the gas tax is a terrible idea

The issue of road funding -- or, to put it slightly differently, the question of how South Carolina should fix its broken road system -- is now a constant topic in politics and the media. A fair number of state lawmakers have therefore begun to advocate what politicians always advocate when they don't want to make tough decisions about the budget: raising taxes, specifically the fuel tax.

October 27, 2014 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

October 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Grilling steaks, frying turkeys

It's said that Bear Bryant, the legendary football coach at Alabama, once remarked, "Every man thinks he knows how to do two things perfectly: grill a steak and coach a football team."

October 24, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Aging leaves and Autumn color

Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse Southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of a tree's life cycle is autumn color.

October 24, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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