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Invisible Involvement and “Backpack Dumps”

With the beginning of a new school year, I often get asked how parents can help students to be successful in school. Over the years, my thoughts on this topic have evolved quite a bit. As a result, I have come to be a big proponent of what I call "invisible involvement."

September 16, 2013 | Frank Morgan | Columns


Gun Rights

The issue of second amendment gun rights will be a major talking point in next year's national elections, following the recall in Colorado of two state legislators who had played a prominent role in passing gun restrictions in that state. Two senators, both Democrats, lost their seats when Republicans rose up against the new laws. And the results have prompted Democrats in Colorado to step back and assess their policies for the future.

September 13, 2013 | | Columns


Old Obama would question new war plans

President Barack Obama surprised many by deciding to turn to Congress for approval before he fires missiles at Syria, but his decision makes sense. When proposing military action that almost nobody wants to wage, it is best to find someone with whom to share the blame.

September 13, 2013 | Clarence Page | Columns


No more quiet zones

We have become a nation addicted to noise.

September 13, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A little bit of war

WASHINGTON -- Waging a little bit of war is like being a little bit pregnant.

September 11, 2013 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Why we must go after Assad

I'm going to head some folks off at the pass right from the start with this column because I know they'll be fuming just from reading my headline.

September 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


American credibility

WASHINGTON -- Undoubtedly you've heard that American credibility is on the line, thanks to President Obama's vacillation on what to do about Syria.

September 09, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Employees, volunteers play important role at KH

One of the things about being a healthcare CEO is that you become the very visible face of the organization. In many cases, the public believes you are closely involved with everything that happens within the walls of the organization. Unfortunately, that does a great disservice to the hundreds of employees and volunteers and the difference they make in the lives of people every day. CEOs provide vision, leadership and support of the organization's mission, but it's everyday employees who execute that mission.

September 09, 2013 | By Donnie Weeks, KershawHealth president and CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A Localife/Sports criss-cross returns

Back in the day, when I was newspapering full-time at the C-I and Sheila McKinney was Localife editor, she was a whiz at putting wedding stories together.

September 06, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


When talk isn’t cheap

At the outset, let me stipulate that 99.999 percent -- or more -- of all the words uttered by politicians are thoroughly forgettable, and that they usually are forgotten nearly as soon as they are spoken.

September 06, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Is the man with the chainsaw real?

Perhaps I should give Miley Cyrus all the credit for my column this month. Besides, she is the proverbial straw I've been waiting for. Suffice it to say I believe Miss Cyrus' repugnant performance on the recent VMA's acted as a wake-up call of sorts for many parents including myself. If you missed the show, don't spend the time viewing it on YouTube or some other social media. It will only add to the number of hits she's received and help prove her notion she was "making history." It's truly worthy of nothing. More, I ...

September 06, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


High school newspaper ink drying up

I was thumbing through my old "Class of 1965" high school yearbook one day when I was stopped dead cold by an autograph left by one of my teachers: "Dear Clarence: All I ask is that you mention my name when you win your first Pulitzer Prize. Don't forget. Mary Kindell."

September 06, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


District staff should get out the vote

I really applaud the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees for taking the initiative to get its school faculty and staff registered to vote and informed about the issues affecting public K-12 education.

September 06, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


The pain of writing … and dating

There are so many adages about writing -- write what you know, write from the heart, show them don't tell them and the list goes on, ad nauseum. I took a fair share of writing classes as an undergrad and I loved those classes. That's the most fun I've ever had as a student in a learning scene, I have no doubt.

September 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Giving back

Business news: in the second quarter, South Carolina outpaced the nation in manufacturing growth -- 2.7 percent, above the national average of 2.5 percent and the Southeast average of 2.1 percent, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. Columbia is now the hottest high-tech city in the South, recently ranked No. 2 in the U.S in high-tech employment growth.

September 04, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Beware of sloppy journalism

Elsewhere on this website is our editorial about the Zemp Stadium scoreboard.

July 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Poor everyone

WASHINGTON -- Eventually, everyone in this town seems to wind up with the word "poor" in front of his or her name.

July 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Summer at CMA

The temperature is rising and vacations have commenced, which signals that summer is in full swing. That leads some to believe that school is out ...

July 28, 2017 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Moment of Nature - July 28, 2017

Having received positive feedback to last month's column regarding tree questions, I thought it appropriate to continue the series, as there are lots of ...

July 28, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Jumping the shark

P.J. O'Rourke, the editor of American Consequences and one of my heroes of journalism -- one of the funniest writers on the planet and ...

July 25, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Homage to a great editor

WASHINGTON -- Behind every great column is a great editor -- a truism never more so than when Alan Shearer puts highlighter (not red pen) to copy.

July 25, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The end to a great character

One of my favorite characters ever and one that readers have unfailingly enjoyed is my friend, Poet, the scion of a cotton family who speaks ...

July 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The love of animals

Your pedigree, history and looks don't matter for a special Kershaw County area couple. If you are an animal and need help -- Tony and ...

July 25, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Executive sessions for ‘specific purpose’

Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their ...

July 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Alexander Young

From 1807 until his death in 1856, Camden was the home of an extraordinarily talented and intelligent individual named Alexander Young. He was born on ...

July 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 21, 2017

On July 8, under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. won his third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, although in this ...

July 21, 2017 | | Columns


Holiday PTSD

Welcome to July in South Carolina.

July 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular of presidents sometimes do great things.

July 18, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

July 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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