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Yes, but ... dude

NEW YORK -- It's always risky to appear onstage with a comedian. Not only are funny guys funny but they're aggressive.

November 03, 2010 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Why PC is a pain, no offense

Political correctness may be the biggest stealth issue in this political season, partly because people are afraid to talk about it.

November 03, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Church-state separation anxiety

Some people love the Constitution so much that they just can't wait to change it.

November 01, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A mysterious season

I don't know if it was unconscious decision on my part due to the Halloween season, but I have found myself enmeshed in the classic mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.

November 01, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Amending our state constitution

When you go to the polls tomorrow, there will be four constitutional amendment questions on the ballot that were approved by the General Assembly.

November 01, 2010 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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


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The ‘Harmony County Stud Muffin’ column

As the primary pundit at the "Harmony County Weekly Blister," I am frequently called upon to perform many tasks. So, besides winding up the cat and putting out the clock, I also write the advice to the lovelorn column entitled, "Ask the Stud Muffin."

August 20, 2014 | Jim McGowan | Columns


A case for Zemp

I never played high school football. My glory days ended with the little league Lions and the gridiron of my youth is now a stand of depressingly mature pine trees across the old, worn foot bridge in Woodward Park. Like many, I now enjoy the pleasure of watching and cheering on younger generations and look forward to each new season as it plays out on our home field at Zemp Stadium. It is my opinion that we, as a community, should keep Zemp and prepare the old facility for the future.

August 20, 2014 | Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Here comes Entrepreneur Barbie

WASHINGTON -- Lego's groundbreaking female-scientists set sold out almost immediately after it was released this month. But never fear, fans of feminist toys: A new Barbie doll, now in stock, is also shattering the plastic ceiling.

August 20, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


‘This I Believe’

For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I've really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year's book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?

August 18, 2014 | | Columns


Greenville is doing it right

Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.

August 18, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

August 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Remembering Robin Williams

I am man enough to admit that I have cried more than once since the news broke that Robin Williams had died by what local officials said was suicide.

August 18, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A’s for everyone

WASHINGTON -- Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation!

August 15, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Strike up the band

Since I have lived in this area for about eight months now, I have made a discovery about Camden. There's quite a bit of music talent here, especially for a town this size. I have to also say that my opinion comes from just the musicians I know and have heard perform personally. I'm sure there are countless others I don't know about -- yet.

August 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘I’m the best in the world’

I watched Rory McIlroy win the PGA title Sunday, his third straight golf tournament victory and his second major title within three weeks.

August 15, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Taming the wilderness

I jokingly call my backyard "the wilderness." My house, built in 1912, sits fairly close to my downtown street, as is the custom in the Historic District in Sumter. The Victorian cast iron fence and neat little patch of grass in my front yard belie what is happening behind my house. The deck at the back of my house overlooks a very deep backyard filled with towering oak and pecan trees. Just over the fence at the rear of the yard is a magnificent willow oak which is probably 100 years old. It rises majestically above all and makes a ...

August 15, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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