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Googling ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!"

June 19, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Statehouse ethics: just tell the truth

When I was a young boy growing up and my mother confronted me with something that I knew I had done wrong, I often stammered around, making excuses and trying to avoid fessing up. My mom's response was always the same: "Let's begin by just telling the truth."

June 19, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noted and passed

** A new Gallup poll indicates that Americans rank the performance of Congress at the lowest level since polling on the subject began. Only 10 percent of citizens say they have confidence in Congress, with no discernible difference among those who call themselves Democrats and those who say they're Republicans. Congress rates last on a list of 16 institutions, with the American military ranking first. The Gallup organization has been asking opinions of Congress since 1973, and confidence has been less than 20 percent since 2006.

June 17, 2013 | | Columns


Crisis of faith in government

WASHINGTON -- It is reassuring that in the midst of so much government dysfunction, the IRS has resolved the question of when and whether to tax tanning beds under the Affordable Care Act. Do not be concerned about that giddiness you feel. You are not having a nervous breakdown but are suffering a symptom commonly associated with recognition that the absurd has become the accepted norm -- and that you are, in fact, alone. Indeed, the IRS' tanning ruling comes in the nick of time. Amid incessantly breaking news -- NSA surveillance, IRS political targeting, DOJ seizing, and CIA shrugging -- Americans were beginning ...

June 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


KCSD has had a one terrific school year

The end of the school is a veritable kaleidoscope of activities and excitement, with happiness and even a little relief thrown in for good measure. For me, it's also a time to reflect on the school district's many accomplishments over the past year. To say the least, it's been one terrific year! This month, I wanted to review just a few of the many highlights of 2012-13:

June 17, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Game of Thrones is good, but tough TV

Back in March 2012, I wrote about my newfound love of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. I mentioned -- almost as a side note -- the brilliant HBO television series based on the books (and named after the first novel) Game of Thrones.

June 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Game of Thrones is good, but tough TV

Back in March 2012, I wrote about my newfound love of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. I mentioned -- almost as a side note -- the brilliant HBO television series based on the books (and named after the first novel) Game of Thrones.

June 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Welcome to the good life

Were talking coffee and burgers today, folks.

June 14, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Secrecy scandal? Not so much

When is a scandal not really a scandal? Many are shocked to hear that the government, in its pursuit of terrorists as relentlessly as Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner, is massively snooping into our phone records and popular social networks without search warrants.

June 14, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Addressing the marriage question

I think it's safe to say that I've definitely reached the age where people often feel the need to ask the "marriage question." And by that, I mean frequent inquiries about to whom and when I'm getting married, why I'm not attached at the moment, etc., etc., etc. Which is fine. I don't mind answering that I'm not seeing anyone serious at the moment or that I'm not ready to settle down. I understand that it's just a common question that people are curious to know the answer to.

June 12, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Ideas always welcome here

For the past couple of years, Kimbrell's has been considering closing its Camden furniture store due to the declining downtown foot traffic. Recently, the CEO of Kimbrell's met with Camden officials and, upon hearing of our plans to revitalize Camden, committed to renovate the interior and exterior of their store at the corner of Broad and Rutledge. For those who want to see the eventual results of the ongoing renovation, check out Kimbrell's in downtown Sumter, almost the exact same building. There, Kimbrell's uncovered the second-story windows hidden behind mammoth aluminum cladding, replaced an aluminum awning ...

June 12, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tweaking real life

NEW YORK -- It was never quite clear what feminizing the workplace would mean when women en masse invaded corporate America a generation ago.

June 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Aging matters -- respite:

"I was tired, but it was a different kind of tired. This kind of tired comes from day after day of constant caregiving with no end in sight -- with no hope and no one to care. Respite allowed me to be with people who care and realize that some people understand what caregivers are going through." Like this elderly gentleman, who is a caregiver for his wife living with Alzheimer's disease, you may have a similar story. In fact, you will be surprised to learn that this may be a typical response from any one of the over 770 ...

June 10, 2013 | By Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dogs to earth: let us ride the trains

WASHINGTON -- You might say I have a dog in this fight.

June 10, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fixing education in South Carolina

Jon Butzon is a big guy and he has some big ideas about how we can fix education in South Carolina. He should know because for years he's run the Charleston Education Network -- he's seen it, lived it and thought about it. He knows where we are as a state; he knows what works, and most importantly what doesn't work.

June 10, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Why Guam matters (the CNMI, too)

"North Korea attack on hold," the banner read on CBS This Morning on Tuesday. I'm betting folks on Guam felt a little better after ...

August 18, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Summer intern program successful

During the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity to partner with multiple organizations in our community to work on projects that are ...

August 18, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Busting a few myths about the landmarks commission

As the oldest inland city in South Carolina, Camden is home to many historic properties. In an effort to help preserve the historic nature of ...

August 18, 2017 | By Shawn Putnam C-I guest columnist | Columns


In search of Joseph Kershaw’s plantations

Perhaps the most visible symbol representing Col. Joseph Kershaw, Camden's founding father, is the replica of his town house built in 1977 on the ...

August 18, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Stage etiquette: reprise

The following came to me several years ago from a fellow musician. It sums up what every band out there has experienced at one time ...

August 15, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


City slickers

Bree, my niece, Nicole's, 8-year-old daughter, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink's pick-up truck. We were in foothills of the ...

August 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Aug. 15, 2017

In a bizarre NASCAR twist that I never saw coming, the relationship between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch has taken a turn for the nice.

August 15, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The grit to say ‘Watch me!’

In my old age, I've been re-asking myself questions that I asked myself a lot when I was younger. Meaning of life kinds of ...

August 15, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cleaning out, looking back

One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...

August 11, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columns


NIP underway in the city

The city of Camden has many projects underway, including utility infrastructure, the new tennis/pickleball complex, launch of a Main Street SC program and many ...

August 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Small town papers have local role

HILLSBORO, Ohio – I don't read many of the online comments following my op-eds because I'm an old-fashioned journalist who prefers signed letters to ...

August 11, 2017 | By Gary Abernathy, editor (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette | Columns


S.C.'s nuclear meltdown: what next?

Here's the issue: SCANA (the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas) and Santee Cooper (the state-owned utility that provides power for 11 ...

August 11, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Monday, Monday...

Note: this happened awhile back. But it still smarts...

August 08, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cosmopolitan with a twist

WASHINGTON -- What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between ...

August 08, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Try to be that good example of a safe driver

Like every summer, people across the nation have been enjoying vacations and outdoor activities. This is a great time of year (as it usually increases ...

August 08, 2017 | Joseph M. Floyd | Columns


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