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Keep calm, and gossip on

WASHINGTON -- We have officially reached the take-a-step-back moment in the unfolding -- or unraveling -- of the Chris Christie alleged bridge/political retribution/Sandy funds political scandal.

February 07, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Hard knocks of pro football

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's imaginary son is back in town and this time he can't play football.

February 05, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Happy Whatever Day

Singles Awareness Day (SAD) is coming up in about two weeks and for those of us who currently recognize this day … because we're single … preparatory tactics are now underway. Yes, Feb. 14 is right around the corner. Don't believe me? Visit any drug store and tell me if you aren't bombarded with pink, glittery, sparkly, heart-shaped, Teddy-beared, floral explosions of commercially motivated depictions of love.

February 05, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Op-Ed: The journey to reconciliation

For almost 25 years, we have worked together on a variety of issues to promote unity over division, build a common agenda for the advancement of public education, and create economic opportunities for all South Carolinians.

February 05, 2014 | By the Rev. Joe Darby and John Rainey | Columns


A really different State of the Union speech

If none of this makes sense, my apologies -- I'm writing this in a Type A Flu-induced fugue. Also, please know that I did not watch, read or listen to the president's State of the Union speech the other night. Yes, I voted for Mr. Obama, twice, but I realized something as I began seeing dribs and drabs about the speech online: while the specifics may be different from year to year, we've heard most of what is contained in such speeches, decade after decade, regardless of who's in the Oval Office.

February 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Don’t Wait on Some Day

"Some day," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."

February 03, 2014 | | Columns


Rare copy of Ordinance of Secession discovered

Locally Unknown Copy of Ordinance of Secession

February 03, 2014 | | Columns


A feel good story

A few years ago I used this Friday space to talk to you about Merle Haggard, one of the two country music stars I had ever wanted to see in concert.

January 31, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The diminishing returns of a college education

President Obama is correct in wanting to make higher education more affordable and accessible, but Americans would also be correct in wondering just what they're paying for.

January 31, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


The rules of the road

Sometimes I think I'm becoming the typical "grumpy old man." There are some things that bother me much more than in my younger years. But there's something that has bothered me since my teens and that's people who simply don't know how to drive. Believe me, there are many of them out there.

January 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


A few moments worth taking

When I arrived at work Monday morning, I found a sticky note message on my desk from my boss that reminded me to turn off my space heater when leaving work. Apparently I had left it running when I left on Friday. Upon reading that, my stomach literally felt like the bottom fell out … you know the feeling of being on an amusement park ride and taking a sudden drop. That's what I felt.

January 29, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Uncle Sugar goes to town

WASHINGTON -- We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really?

January 29, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gov. Haley’s strange relationship with Common Core

South Carolina politicians are masters at promising one thing and doing the opposite. From ethics reform to restructuring, they promise the moon and deliver exactly nothing. How do they get away with it? By assuming that the public won't dig any deeper than a post on Facebook. Gov. Nikki Haley, for example, posted this on her Facebook page: "We have been trying to repeal Common Core since 2011 when we came into office. Whether its [sic] education, healthcare, or any aspect of government, we will fight to keep all standards state based, not federal." She then linked to a ...

January 27, 2014 | By Jamie Murguia S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Being independent

Back years ago when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear that she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hard working.

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


Music vs. TV for attention span

As a connoisseur of both music and television, I've noticed some interesting trends during the last few years. Like many things, such trends can be considered good or bad. On the good side are the abilities to tailor entertainment experiences to our own preferences and defer listening or viewing experiences to meet our busy schedules.

January 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Autumn leaves and woolly worms

With the advent of autumn comes yet another memory I'll never lose, no matter how much I imbibe.

October 17, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON -- Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody's a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the ...

October 17, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


CACCE meeting was enlightening, informative

I have recently returned from a Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the content of the learning sessions as ...

October 17, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Schools can’t develop workforce alone

Every time there's a societal, economic or other crisis issue of some sort, public schools are usually expected to solve it … oftentimes without any ...

October 17, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why I’m not watching new ‘Trek’

For those of you who follow the goings on in the entertainment world, you might have noticed that the first new Star Trek TV show ...

October 13, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The big fish

Life hosts so many things to ponder. Have you ever pondered what 211 pounds of fish looks like, or better yet, what 1,540.08 ...

October 13, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Oct. 13, 2017

It's October, and only seven races remain in NASCAR's playoffs. (On a side note, I'm still stymied regarding the reason why NASCAR ...

October 13, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Steps toward solutions

"If I can't fix it, it ain't broke."

October 13, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Distracting ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn't the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that ...

October 10, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ruby and Louise

On the drive home from a speaking engagement in Savannah, I answered a call from Tink, who sounded fairly frantic.

October 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Join the team for child car safety

Our children are the most precious parts of our lives. My own kids mean the world to me, and not too long ago I was ...

October 10, 2017 | By Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Country store memories

Each time the big rock hears a rooster crow, it spins completely around.

October 10, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not ...

October 06, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


I think not…

Most of us awoke Monday morning to the horrific news coming out of Las Vegas of a lone gunman killing 59 people at a country ...

October 06, 2017 | Paula Joseph | Columns


The people of the mills

In his book "The Most They Ever Had," the Southern writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg writes, "As a boy, I was a little ...

October 06, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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