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How times have changed

Recently there was an interesting piece of information in a popular newspaper stating that less than 10 percent of the families in the United States had a member of the family who had served in the military. If you think about the experiences of the labeled "greatest" and "baby boomer" generations then that is an astonishing piece of news.

October 04, 2010 | Buster Beckham Contributing columnist | Columns


The silver lining

It is true what they say about attitudes and smiles -- they are infectious. They are capable of affecting the mind-set and emotions of others. As I checked out at the grocery store last week, the clerk asked me, "Have you had a good day?" It was the manner in which she posed her question that caught me off guard. She stood there waiting for my response with realness. Unless my naiveté was clouding my view, I saw the clerk's chat as genuine and instantly wanted to emulate her optimism. By following her lead, the crisis that had been bestowed ...

October 01, 2010 | Paula Joseph Contributing columnist | Columns


Small town, big city

NEW YORK -- After living in New York City for a few weeks, I've reached a few conclusions about the great political divide in America.

October 01, 2010 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Give me the real bookstores

The printed page is disappearing as we speak.

October 01, 2010 | Glenn Tucker Contributing editor | Columns


The value of reading

I can't think of one thing that annoys me more than hearing someone say they never read.

October 01, 2010 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Is gap to a diverse world narrowing?

It dawned on me Sunday morning that, in the last six days, I'd attended a Lady Gaga concert in Raleigh and dressed in drag to sing a seductive rendition of "Makin' Whoopee" alongside Camden native Megan Davis Campbell -- twice.

September 29, 2010 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


Running a complex operation

Napoleon talked about an army moving on its stomach. While it isn't an army, a school district does moves on its stomach (just visit one of our cafeterias) and on many other things. I think everyone understands teachers, textbooks, computers, library books, pencil sharpeners and the many other items used in instruction. But there are many other areas that are extremely important to the day-to-day operation of our schools that sometimes get overlooked.

September 27, 2010 | Dr. Frank Morgan KCSD Superintendent of Schools | Columns


Muslims are not the enemy

For weeks -- no, let's be fair -- months, perhaps as long as a year and a half, there has been a growing anti-Islamic sentiment in America. Despite being raised a Jew in my youth, I was fairly protected from anti-Semitism ... but not completely. I know something of what it's like to be derided for my heritage.

September 27, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Do you belong to a clique?

Do you belong to a clique?

September 24, 2010 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Facing death with a smile

Every year in September, I remember Neil Wester.

September 24, 2010 | Glenn Tucker Contributing Editor | Columns


The Persistence of Memory -- and Time

"The Persistence of Memory", the 1931 painting by Salvador Dali, is a personal favorite.

September 22, 2010 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


An unplanned 'planned' trip

Earlier this year, my wife and I thought about taking advantage of a long Labor Day weekend plus vacation days to visit a number of historical sites in several East Coast states. We looked at places to go in both North and South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York where her family lives.

September 20, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Too much talk of divorce

I don't know about you, but I'm sick of hearing about divorce.

September 17, 2010 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Worship takes many forms

I read recently that a girl who had been suspended from a North Carolina high school for refusing to remove her nose stud now says her body piercings are based on her religion.

September 17, 2010 | Glenn Tucker Contributing Editor | Columns


Looking forward to the fall TV season

I get a little excited this time of year about the new and returning shows that will be popping up on my TV (and, now, computer) screen. Yes, I'm a TV junkie and a bit more of a boob-tuber than I should be.

September 06, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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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


Impeaching the president

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.

July 18, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The real meaning of ‘freedom of speech’

With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘Not Just Guns:’ The Ross E. Beard Collection

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 11 a.m., the Ross E. Beard Collection became the property of the city of Camden, as Mr. Beard signed the paperwork at the Camden Archives and Museum. City officials, long-time friends of Mr. Beard and representatives from the Friends of the Archives and Museum looked on as City Attorney Lawrence Flynn, Mr. Beard, Ed Royall (his attorney) and Austin Sheheen (his accountant) processed the paperwork.

July 18, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tiny Tim

Isn't it odd how every once in awhile, something pops in your head that's been buried for a long time -- a distant memory that for some reason comes alive?

July 18, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Op-Ed: Supreme Court autopsy ruling trumps public accountability

For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.

July 18, 2014 | By Bill Rogers S.C. Press Association Executive Director | Columns


Yousef’s story

WASHINGTON -- The Israeli soldier shot Yousef Bashir in the back in the front yard of his father's house in Gaza. It was Feb. 18, 2004, a week after Yousef's 15th birthday. The bullet splintered into three fragments, severing nerves near the teenager's spine.

July 16, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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