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Absentee father

I never knew my father; he died when I was five months old, leaving my mother with me and my 3-year-old brother. We were not his first family. He had nine children by his first wife, eight girls and one boy -- five little graves attested to the mortality rate in earlier times. Many first wives died before their husbands, not surprising since childbirth was so dangerous and the mortality rate so high. I cannot imagine having more children -- especially since my father was 63 when I was born and my mother was 40. Back then, people just had the number ...

June 08, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


It's good to be queen

Being queen is a heck of a job.

June 08, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A budget plan that adds up

It has been more than three years since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. The last time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fulfilled his legal responsibility, Conan was still on NBC, Tea Parties hadn't come together, and the iPad hadn't yet been introduced.

June 06, 2012 | By Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Formerly fruitless Falcons may fly high in 2012

With the start of the NFL season less than 100 days away, the proverbial clock is now ticking for every franchise hoping for success in 2012.

June 06, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Awash in undisclosed cash

WASHINGTON -- To grasp the clear and present danger that the current flood of campaign cash poses to American democracy, consider the curious case of Post Office Box 72465. It demonstrates that the explosion of super PAC spending is only the second most troubling development of recent campaign cycles.

June 06, 2012 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A new direction, the same promise

For those of you who noticed that my name wasn't popping up on the front page a lot lately ... now you know why.

June 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Obama's pot reform goes up in smoke

I would shrug and say "So what?" to the latest details from President Barack Obama's pot-smoking past, except for one thing: he stirred so much hope as a candidate for sensible marijuana policy reforms but, as president, has delivered so little change.

June 04, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


When Camden was the capital of South Carolina

Governor John Rutledge and his Privy Council left Charles Town in April 1780 before the British siege of the city closed all escape routes. He journeyed north to Camden, arriving there in late April or early May. That he should go to Camden was to be expected since Camden was the only town of any size in the interior of the state at the time. Roads to Camden were relatively good and Rutledge knew and had done business with Joseph B. Kershaw for several years.

June 04, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Eagle webcams addictive

Technology is bringing the magic of nature -- specifically, the majesty of America's symbol, the bald eagle -- into our living rooms.

June 01, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The power of social media unleashed

I have had my fun with social media, but as I get older and accrue more responsibilities, the need to be "social" on the internet has declined and my need for face-to-face time has increased. My 18-year-old sister, however, is just getting started.

June 01, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Obama's effect: Are gay 'rites' a black thing now?

Conservatives warned, often with glee, that President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage would spark a backlash from African Americans. But less than a month later, guess what? Polls show black voters dramatically swinging the other way, closer to Obama's view.

June 01, 2012 | | Columns


Depth of the ocean water

I believe it to be a true assumption that the role-reversal between parent and child appears suddenly and is generally preceded by few warning signs. Described as an extremely challenging family dynamic, the exchange of roles often comes in the form of a caregiver. Many of us are likely care for a parent or other significant person at some point in our lives. More than 65 million people, about 30 percent of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours ...

June 01, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cory Booker's pain

WASHINGTON -- The past several days of Newark Mayor Cory Booker's life have been painfully amusing to watch.

May 30, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A lesson in finance

The J. P. Morgan fiasco of two billion dollars plus the flagging economy and lack of jobs made me start to think of bank closings of the past. During the Depression, the poor and the elderly did not have multiple organizations to help them such as Food for the Soul, Christian Community Ministries, and the Community Medical Clinic-nor was Social Security in existence. I still fear the possibility of a return to times when no one had much of anything except each other, a chicken yard, and a garden plot. I remember my lesson in finance perhaps too well as ...

May 30, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Hardnosed Haley hurting legislative progress

If S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell suddenly makes a push for state funding of time machine technology, we'll now know why.

May 30, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


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Cahn: Has it really been 15 years?

By mid-June of 2000, I was so fed up and frustrated, I needed counseling.

July 03, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Michelle Obama’s evolution

WASHINGTON -- First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

July 03, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Scully: Vision and process

Many extraordinary people offer visionary ideas, especially here. "Wouldn't it be great if we had a river rafting business on the Wateree?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a downtown boutique hotel?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a Bluegrass Festival the week of the Colonial Cup?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a cottage development, or better yet, a new Kershaw County library on the former Mather property?" "And another restaurant or two!" The answer is predictably, "Yes, of course yes! Thank you for your great ideas," followed by necessary questions: "Where ...

July 03, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: The mourning after

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.

July 01, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: Tend to your own issues

Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Tatum: Getting our just desserts

When I was a wise-elbowed, wet nosed kid barely out of college, a lot of people used to annoy me with questions about what I wanted to do for a living.

June 29, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Waiting for Obama

(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)

June 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


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