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Carey may be what 'Idol' needs

$18 million. That's, reportedly, what it's going to take to get vocal-powerhouse Mariah Carey to sit on the beloved American Idol judging panel.

July 27, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


DeMint's divergent legacy

For nearly the last five decades, South Carolina has been represented in the U.S. senate by only four men. By all indications, however, that's set to be five by 2016. A reading of the political tea leaves shows that Sen. Jim DeMint will not be seeking reelection in the fall of 2016.

July 25, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Brick streets, the first Lugoff and commerce

Herbert Cooke's father worked for the city of Camden. His job was to take care of the city streets. He used either the city's mules, horses or oxen and a bamboo apparatus to clean the brick streets. Nancy Ogburn and George Sandy can recall the brick streets around the old city hall which was located on Rutledge Street.

July 25, 2012 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The Bain of truth

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to over-the-top politics, the Obama campaign has set a new standard with recent attempts to paint Mitt Romney as a felon.

July 25, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Trying to measure up

From the time a person is born to the time he dies, he is attempting to measure up or satisfy someone else's whims. For example, as a child he attempts to please his parents or his friends. Later, the spectrum of those he must please expands to all in his social strata, work place, and home. The chore of measuring up never ceases.

July 23, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Veto session marks end of long budget process

The General Assembly met last week to consider Governor Haley's budget vetoes. Having originally decided to meet in September, the Legislature changed its plans because two of the budget vetoes wiped out two state agencies and other vetoes created uncertainties that needed to be resolved quickly, like funding of teacher pay raises before the start of the school year.

July 23, 2012 | By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Farewell to a voice of reason

He called himself a "solutionist." It's not what's "right" or "left" that counts, he would say; it's what works.

July 23, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Blame Limbaugh for uncivil discourse

Twenty years or so ago, I worked at a prominent Columbia-area talk radio station. I worked behind the scenes, pushing buttons and making sure commercials got played when they were supposed to. For a long stretch, I handled the midday shift, from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Back then, one of my jobs was airing Rush Limbaugh's titular talk show.

July 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Dodd-Frank: dangerous dead end

It's been two years since President Obama signed the Wall Street-reform bill that has come to be known as Dodd-Frank. So has it succeeded in creating "safer and more modern rules of the road for the financial industry," as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner claims?

July 20, 2012 | By Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Truth and bravery make an airport's name

I was walking through a gigantic American airport last week when I happened upon a plaque which stirred a memory of two stories from long ago. A bit of research on the Internet -- gosh, it's easy to find out things these days -- turned up the information below.

July 20, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Trying to avoid Olympic ‘ambush marketing’

Official Olympic sponsors have uncorked their creative juices for advertising during the Olympic Games this summer. An expected 4 billion people are expected to watch the Olympics in London starting this month and advertising is already looking good.

July 20, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Romney's hidden NAACP audience

Political speeches have applause lines and "boo" lines. Which reaction do you think Mitt Romney expected when he promised the 103rd convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that, if elected president, he would get rid of "Obamacare?"

July 20, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Trolling for boos

WASHINGTON -- We're still a few weeks from summer's dog days and the conventions, and already feral rabidity has set in. Add to the long list of psycho-political syndromes the "Romney Derangement Syndrome."

July 18, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The president's punching bag

There's no doubting Mitt Romney when it comes to job creation. Even President Obama's supporters have patted him on the back for it. Unfortunately for the Republican nominee, the devil is in the details.

July 18, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Teenage employment

Many teenagers are desperately seeking employment in these times. I joined them many years ago: in fact, I began work at age 11 and was furious when the "powers that be" decided every person under the age of sixteen had to have a doctor certify that the individual was not harming his health. I made the astronomical sum of a dollar a day at the dime store (98 cents when taxes were removed) and hated the thought of having to have the two dollar test to keep my job. My duties included everything from clerking to all types of housekeeping ...

July 18, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tatum: Simple answers

There comes a time when you find yourself just kind of over everyone and everything.

May 03, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: In his own words

WASHINGTON -- One of the most effective political ads of the season features women repeating the many derogatory statements Donald Trump has made about the fairer ...

May 03, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: What lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...

May 03, 2016 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Teal: A potpourri of KC journalism history

In 1896, the South Carolina Press Association requested Charleston newspaperman Yates Snowden to prepare a sketch of newspapers published in South Carolina to that date ...

May 03, 2016 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Cahn: What ‘The Artist’ meant to me

Unless you are much older or much younger than I am or have been living under a rock for the last 30 years, you should ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Plato, Aristotle and, oh dear, Trump

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle -- not so much.

April 29, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - April 29, 2016

Folk singer Pete Seeger wrote a song in the 1950s which was later performed in 1965 by the The Byrds. The lyrics, in part, go ...

April 29, 2016 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Roadmap to Easy Street

Is the American Dream dead? Are the rags to riches myths just that?

April 26, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Black votes matter

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- African-Americans in the South can't get a break when it comes to voting, as history can't deny.

April 26, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: The crazy Yankee

A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter he sent to the newspaper where he ...

April 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Walker: A ‘no-kill’ future for our county

Call her a "no-kill" champion. Cindi Prestage, DVM has accepted the challenge to turn the animal shelter in Kershaw County into a no-kill facility. Pretty ...

April 26, 2016 | | Columns


Cahn: Members of Congress are people, too

As I was running through my Facebook feed, a post someone shared or liked caught my eye: a proposal to offer a 28th amendment to ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: A trans-ient dilemma

WASHINGTON -- As Archie Bunker might say, the world is going down the terlet.

April 22, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Noble: An idea for bathroom checkers

Some states are known for things they produce in abundance. Idaho has potatoes, Maine has lobsters and South Carolina seems to have more than our ...

April 22, 2016 | | Columns


Beckham: Flopeye and one vote

One vote.

April 22, 2016 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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