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The Man over the Mantel

In 1957, Elisabeth Doby English wrote: "Over the mantel in a certain Nashville, Tennessee, home hangs the portrait of a handsome Confederate officer in his uniform that the small boys of the household call 'The Man over the Mantel.'" That portrait of Captain Alfred English Doby was painted by William H. Scarborough in 1865 from a Civil War photograph.

April 02, 2012 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


An alternate Internet history

Science fiction novels and comic books are filled with "What If?" stories. Marvel Comics had a long-running series of comics called, gee, "What If?" They still put a few out every now and then. Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history fiction, supposing what America might have been like if aliens interrupted World War II or the South had won the Civil War.

April 02, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Big adventures, little dreams

I don't watch a lot of TV but every week or so I'll sit down and watch a drama-filled reality show with my sister or my mom. Last week, my sister and I were watching a show on Vh1 and my sister said, "I want to be best friends with ___." I thought it was funny and cute that my sister said that, because I think they could be great friends. A few days later, I walked into the den and my sister was watching the exact same show and said something similar: "I'm going to make ...

March 30, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Many students, too little thought

You can lead a student to knowledge, according to an old academic saying, but you can't make them think.

March 30, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


‘One-and-done’ ruining game

With the NCAA's college basketball tournament coming to a head this weekend -- the championship game will be played Monday night -- it's time to take a look at one of the worst rules ever enacted: the National Basketball Association's 19-year-old minimum age, which has contributed to the "one-and-done" culture of today's college hoops scene: that is, players who come out of high school, go to college for one year and then skip to the NBA.

March 30, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Apples, oranges and zebras, oh my!

WASHINGTON -- By now you've heard it plenty: The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka "Obamacare," is like the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This creative bit of dot-connecting began with President Obama, and has been perpetuated by countless talk-show hosts and their guests.

March 30, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Moderately speaking

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- As the sun rises and dabs Caesars Palace with morning rouge, irony struts down the strip of casinos, shops and nightclubs.

March 28, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Etch A Sketch comment could skewer Romney

With his so-called "Etch A Sketch" quip, Mitt Romney's aide, Eric Fehrnstrom, did a lot more to help the makers of the popular kids' toy than his actual boss.

March 28, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A rose isn’t always a rose

WASHINGTON -- What's in a name?

March 26, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Good government?

Last week, it was reported that South Carolina ranked among the states most at risk for corruption. In a study conducted by State Integrity Investigation, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International, South Carolina received a grade of "F" and ranked 45th among the 50 states.

March 26, 2012 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘Star Wars’ is spelled ‘3-D’

FRIDAY -- My wife's birthday is tomorrow (Saturday, March 24) and she's decided to celebrate by leaving me ... to spend the weekend with a friend in Summerville she's known since growing up in New York when they were kids.

March 26, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Exercise does a body good

Hello and Happy Friday! Another month has passed so let me see what I have in store for you this month…

March 23, 2012 | Johnny Deal C-I contributing columnist | Columns


An invitation to murder?

I'm glad to hear the Justice Department is looking into the killing of Trayvon Martin. After all, if they can investigate the killing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, they can do it in Florida.

March 23, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Pondering prayer

Last week I attended a ceremony honoring Circuit Judge Ernest Kinard for his quarter-century on the bench.

March 23, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


More questions than answers

Shoot first; ask questions later. That seems to be the "Understanding Laws for Dummies" definition of Florida's Stand Your Ground law passed in 2005.

March 23, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


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Cahn: This column may already be obsolete

There's an old joke claiming a new computer is obsolete by the time you buy it.

July 31, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Obama’s truth out of Africa

WASHINGTON -- It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.

July 31, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Parker: Before we lose our minds

WASHINGTON -- Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare -- as opposed to "attacking the ...

July 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Phillips: The best medicine

The world, and life in general, is filled with sadness, despair, hopelessness, hatred, evil, negativity and sorrow of all kinds. Sorry to be such a ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Noble: Doing the near impossible -- quickly

What's your favorite pet: dog or cat? What do you prefer on your hot dog: mustard or ketchup? Who do you like for president ...

July 29, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Eavesdropping on E.T.

I read the other day Stephen Hawking is leading a new effort to look for extraterrestrial life.

July 27, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: It goes so fast

A friend said something the other day which has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and ...

July 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Walker: Cat-tastrophe

America is No. 1 in the world for the number of cats with an estimated 74 million felines. Experts believe there are millions of unspayed ...

July 27, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: Abbeville case key to S.C.'s future

There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we ...

July 27, 2015 | | Columns


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