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The fun side of politics

Here we are, counting down till Tuesday's election, with everyone sitting in hushed, breathless anticipation of the white-hot race for South Carolina commissioner of agriculture, an election that will have broad implications for the future of the world.

October 29, 2010 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


High-tech lynching, redux

NEW YORK -- In 1991, the world divided itself in two camps: those who believed Anita Hill and those who didn't. I fell somewhere in the middle: She may have told the truth, but so what?

October 29, 2010 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Finding the message within

Apparently, Willow Smith likes to whip her hair back and forth.

October 29, 2010 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Harsh humor

If you're unfamiliar with comedian Daniel Tosh's work, you're missing out on a plethora of racist, prejudice and offensive jokes. You're also missing out on heaps of laughter.

October 27, 2010 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


Punished for being honest

Juan Williams' unfortunate firing by NPR raises a question: Can we admit to having our own prejudices while arguing against other people's prejudices?

October 27, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Snits and fits in the public square

NEW YORK -- Juan Williams has learned an important lesson: Beware the M-word.

October 27, 2010 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Bump in the night

So the other day I'm making coffee when I hear something weird. It's this other-worldly voice, not really moaning, but not really articulating anything, either. As I had enjoyed the better part of a large bottle of Malbec the night before, I dimly wondered if I was having some sort of mild DTs.

October 27, 2010 | Jim Tatum Summerville Communications | Columns


Saying good-bye to 'America's Dad'

In addition to my own father, I think I can ascribe some of my upbringing to Tom Bosley.

October 25, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A tax Obama should have cut

Never waste time playing the woulda-shoulda-coulda game, a wise man once told me. But I can't help but add my two cents to what everyone says President Barack Obama woulda, shoulda or coulda done better in his first two years -- especially when one of those people is President Obama.

October 25, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


'The basics'

From time to time, especially when the budget and the costs of education are being discussed, a community member will inevitably ask me why our schools do not spend more time on "the basics" -- the three Rs of "reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic." These conversations always seem to harken back to the "good old days," when things seemed simpler and in retrospect, seemed to work better and were cheaper. Unfortunately, the "good old days" are more myth than reality. Even with the greater perceived emphasis on the "three Rs" in the past, U.S. census data indicates that in 1960 just ...

October 25, 2010 | Dr. Frank Morgan Superintendent, Kershaw County School District | Columns


On the road with Steinbeck

Last week we talked about John Steinbeck's 1960 journey across America. Today I'll share a few stories about the months-long trip he took.

October 25, 2010 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Politics today

NEW YORK -- Witches vs. bearded Marxists. Actors vs. hicks. Toon Town vs. Parodyville.

October 20, 2010 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Penny tax would be boost to future

For those unaware, I don't reside in Kershaw County. But this doesn't mean I'm careless about what happens here.

October 20, 2010 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


Elite anti-elitism

In her continuing effort to distance herself from her own beliefs, Delaware's Christine O'Donnell is trying her level best to convince the world that she's a genuine, regular person. If she can fake that, as an old saying goes, she's got it made.

October 18, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A penny could be worth millions

With the Boston Tea Party, colonists who would soon call themselves Americans took a stand: taxation without representation would not be tolerated.

October 18, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


51 days in a car with boys

If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.

July 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The hand that rocks the ballot box

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women -- the so-called "Beyoncé voter" demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered.

July 23, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


S.C., immigration and ‘Us vs. Them’

First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment but a simple geo-political fact.

July 23, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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