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It was a bit startling to watch crowds of mostly college-aged youths raucously celebrating in front of the White House after President Barack Obama reported the death of Osama bin Laden.

May 09, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


bin Laden takedown victory for all Americans

For those of you saying that the bin Laden takedown was not an "Obama" win, you're right. It was an American win. However, former President Bush, former Vice President Cheney, senators Graham and DeMint and even Rush Limbaugh have all congratulated Obama. He should be credited for maintaining the policies that continued the search and giving the order that resulted in Sunday night's win for the American people.

May 09, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A very good year!

A few weeks back, I heard two high school students talking about the upcoming prom and other end-of-the-year activities. It doesn't seem possible, but the year has flown by. In spite of all the challenges our community, state, and nation continue to face because of the economy, it's been a very good year in the Kershaw County School District! I thought I'd spend a little time this month touching on a few of the countless highlights of this year.

May 09, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reunion season

What is it about a high school reunion that makes people go crazy?

May 06, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Trump's bullying pulpit

Donald Trump stepped out of the helicopter that had his name painted on the side, walked across the tarmac and announced to reporters that he was proud of himself. This would not be news on any day. But on this day, I would not have been surprised to see him start hugging and kissing himself.

May 06, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Tips for life's journey

From the mailbag:

May 06, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Without wind, how can a sailboat reach shore?

In my April column, I touched on what it means to some to overcome incredible adversity and how these people make a commitment to survive in tough times; choosing to ride out the storm rather than sink. So recently, being drawn to titles like "Deep Survival," "Long Distance," "Will to Live" and "The Long Walk," I felt it appropriate to continue exploring this thought-provoking subject of survival; why some can endure hardships at an unconceivable intensity only to emerge as the victor standing strong and tall. They are stories of courage, endurance, and the amazing will to persevere. Further, they ...

May 06, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Once we were sane

NEW YORK -- If you really, really dislike Barack Obama, his long-form birth certificate, finally proffered in exasperation, is quite simply a counterfeit.

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


Surprise, surprise

My cousin recently found out he is going to be a father for the first time.

May 04, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Meet Me at the Green a great success

I couldn't stop grinning.

May 02, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Pandering to the Obamaphobes

When I was a kid way back in the previous century, my favorite attraction at the local county fair was a midway amusement that everyone called "dunk the dimwit" -- or words to that effect.

May 02, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A voice from above

"That man could crawl through a barrel of fish hooks and not get a scratch on him.'' Troy Stevenson, who retained the wisdom of his mountain upbringing, once used that expression concerning a man we were discussing. The late Highway Patrolman Randy Sanders once described an individual as: "One who could be used to open a bottle of wine."

May 02, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why it matters when politicians 'play politics'

In 2006, Barack Obama, then a member of the U.S. Senate, voted against raising the "debt ceiling" -- the maximum amount of outstanding federal debt the US government can incur by law.

May 02, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller General | Columns


Patience doesn't mean you stop trying

I've heard it a million times -- patience is a virtue.

April 29, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


A bad connection

This started out to be a feel-good story, one of those you read and then say to yourself, "Well I'll be doggone. What about that?"

April 29, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


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Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.

August 22, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mob mentality

I have admitted in this column many times that I have become a "grumpy old man." Well, folks, here I go again. I often blame technology and the instant sharing of news and opinions on many of society's ills, and that's what I'm doing again today.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


How to grow grass under a tree

I have many colleagues who are of the turf persuasion and we have come to an understanding to agree to disagree. I think grass is a weed, they think a tree is a weed -- in nature the two aren't meant to meet. This is why only grass grows on the Great Plains and only trees grow in the forest. But since we aren't on the Plains or in the forest, we try and get plants to co-exist in arranged landscape designs we like to see.

August 22, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


When practice just kills time

Last week we spent a few minutes talking about being the best in the world in a particular field.

August 22, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The ‘Harmony County Stud Muffin’ column

As the primary pundit at the "Harmony County Weekly Blister," I am frequently called upon to perform many tasks. So, besides winding up the cat and putting out the clock, I also write the advice to the lovelorn column entitled, "Ask the Stud Muffin."

August 20, 2014 | Jim McGowan | Columns


A case for Zemp

I never played high school football. My glory days ended with the little league Lions and the gridiron of my youth is now a stand of depressingly mature pine trees across the old, worn foot bridge in Woodward Park. Like many, I now enjoy the pleasure of watching and cheering on younger generations and look forward to each new season as it plays out on our home field at Zemp Stadium. It is my opinion that we, as a community, should keep Zemp and prepare the old facility for the future.

August 20, 2014 | Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Here comes Entrepreneur Barbie

WASHINGTON -- Lego's groundbreaking female-scientists set sold out almost immediately after it was released this month. But never fear, fans of feminist toys: A new Barbie doll, now in stock, is also shattering the plastic ceiling.

August 20, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


‘This I Believe’

For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I've really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year's book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?

August 18, 2014 | | Columns


Greenville is doing it right

Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.

August 18, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

August 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Remembering Robin Williams

I am man enough to admit that I have cried more than once since the news broke that Robin Williams had died by what local officials said was suicide.

August 18, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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