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American Party of S.C. hot at State Fair

Like tens of thousands of other South Carolinians, I went to the State Fair in Columbia a few weeks ago. It was great fun, and all the usual attractions were there. But there was something new this year -- and it was hot.

December 13, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Clearing the clutter at year’s end

I walked into my room the other day and some horror movie music should have started playing, because it was a nightmare in the 29223 zip code. After standing in the doorway looking at all of my stuff, I made it my mission to get rid of everything I don't need, properly store what I'm not using and better organize everything that I use on a daily basis. I don't know too much about feng shui, but I'm pretty sure the concept is accurate. I couldn't remember the last time I'd opened my blinds ...

December 13, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


‘The Christmas Letter’

It's that time of year again, when "The Christmas Letter" arrives from friends.

December 13, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Make a girl laugh

WASHINGTON -- Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

December 13, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The pope and the president

WASHINGTON -- We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.

December 11, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Why Christmas is just awesome

I went with my friend, Jody, and her daughters recently to see the Christmas lights at Swan Lake in Sumter. It was so fun to spend an evening with the excitement of children at Christmas. I have a real love for driving around with the heat blasting in my face, Mariah Carey Christmas turned up and singing, as loudly as I can, "All I want for Christmas is YOU!"

December 11, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


What comes after the welfare state?

The welfare state is now omnipresent in every part of the United States. The federal budget is dominated by entitlement spending, with 45 percent of federal spending in 2012 going to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare (among other health care entitlements). Simultaneously, states are struggling under the fiscal burdens imposed on them by mandatory entitlement programs: for example, spending by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (primarily on Medicaid) has averaged $1.21 billion over the last three budget years.

December 09, 2013 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


The 11th hour: Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina

What if I told you that it's the 11th hour, and that the proof is Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina?

December 09, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drop off our kids safely, please

I'm the parent of a Camden Middle School (CMS) student. Each weekday morning, I drop him off after taking his brother to another school.

December 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The poor dirt farmer

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it for it's all they've ever known.

December 09, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The GOP’s toxic messaging

WASHINGTON -- As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.

December 06, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


What I AIN’T grateful for

Last week I told you about a lot of things for which I'm thankful.

December 06, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


‘Tis the season of lots to do

A blog I follow posted a piece last year about Christmas traditions. The woman who writes the blog is newly married and wanted to start some holiday traditions with her husband and carry them on if they should ever have children.

December 06, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Imagine your crimson pot

I'll be first to admit I'm a pushover when it comes to stories of do-gooders and their noble deeds of "giving back." As it goes, at this time of the year -- the season of giving -- many of us find ourselves looking for ways to be charitable, for ways to help others in some capacity. No doubt, the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's finds most of us in that feel-good benevolent mood (we hope). And in this bountiful season, exactly where we fall on the generosity meter quite frankly depends less on what we think determines our ...

December 06, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Spend the money and get what you want

Shopping for friends and family members can be fun, but it can also be very stressful. I can't tell you how many holidays have come and gone where I've waited until the last minute to buy Christmas presents for my nearest and dearest. It's not because I don't have the opportunity. Bien au contraire, mon ami, ce n'est pas vrai.

December 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


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The martyrdom of Al Franken

WASHINGTON -- With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

December 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A fondness for old gas pumps

Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself ...

December 12, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lead kindly light

Lead Kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead thou me on!

December 12, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Michael Smith, 10 years on

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, marked a grim 10th anniversary here in Camden and Kershaw County.

December 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The process worked

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before ...

December 08, 2017 | By Jay Bender C-I guest columnist | Columns


Down by the Catawba River

Driving north on U.S. 21 toward a "very small town," I watch the land change. Hills rise into view. Large rocks protrude from the ...

December 08, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Holiday overload

A couple of weeks before Labor Day, I walked into a major big box store. I was amazed at how expensive the Halloween stuff was.

December 05, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

December 05, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Keeping track of spending

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge ...

December 05, 2017 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


Another look at WWI

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States. Since Wilson spent much of his youth in Columbia and had relatives living there ...

December 05, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Never forget

I don't usually do this, but I'm going to use today's column to tell you about a story that hasn't been ...

December 01, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Economy of words

Sometimes, Tink -- usually in a gentle way but a bit abrupt at other times -- will tell me I'm taking too long to explain something ...

December 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Coming home

Funny thing about holiday rituals is they can, at times, resemble the dreaded double-edged sword to some family members. But know I use the word ...

December 01, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fake news will out

WASHINGTON -- The phrase "the truth will out" has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so.

December 01, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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