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Rick Perry's cowboy certainty

Quite a few people were shocked to hear the audience burst into applause at Rick Perry's first Republican presidential debate after they heard that the Texas governor leads the nation in executions. That's why we have debates. They teach you things, not only about the candidates but also about their voters.

September 19, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The challenge of 'Constitution Day'

Declaring your independence is risky, but it's relatively simple. Figuring out how to function as an actual nation is more complex.

September 19, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


'Where no one's gone before' for 45 years

It's been a long road/Gettin' from there to here.

September 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Waiting to welcome sweet, little One and Two

As it turns out, I will be an aunt by the end of the year -- not once, but twice.

September 16, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


'Moderate Muslims'? Right here

If there are "moderate" Muslims, I still hear critics ask since the Sept. 11 attacks, why don't they condemn Islamic terrorism? In fact, most Muslims do condemn such barbaric acts but their critics aren't always listening.

September 16, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


And always remember...

The late comedian George Carlin made people laugh for decades, oftentimes with his own brand of off-color humor. You wouldn't ordinarily think of him writing a piece that would be appropriate for Christmas reflection, but I ran across this recently. Written shortly after his wife died, it's worth sharing:

September 16, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


A smoker's lung disease called COPD

COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., having recently passed stroke. COPD is a lung disease usually caused by years of cigarette smoking, often 10 years or more. The latest information on tobacco use in S.C. shows that about 720,000 adults are smokers and each year more than 6,000 persons die from smoking. Almost 50 percent of S.C. adults are current or ex-smokers, thus are at risk for COPD. The good news is that smoking rates are much lower than in the 1960s ...

September 16, 2011 | | Columns


The year of school choice

We're used to hearing bad news from the education front -- poor test scores, falling literacy, slipping standards. But the new academic year brings a welcome change: school-choice programs have expanded significantly in recent months. Indeed, The Wall Street Journal has already dubbed 2011 "The Year of School Choice."

September 14, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Legacy of hysteria

WASHINGTON -- The legacy of 9/11 can't be fully measured even now, but perhaps the most damaging aspect can be found in our national discourse.

September 14, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Manning's legacy remains strong despite lack of Super Bowl success

Without even taking a snap during the opening weekend of the NFL season, Peyton Manning's name might have been mentioned more than any other player hitting the field Sunday. Even as this year's first overall draft pick Cam Newton was setting a new rookie passing record against the Arizona Cardinals, Manning's name still popped up as he had previously set the mark during his debut 14 years ago.

September 14, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A 7-year-old and others remember World War II

At their meeting on Nov. 5, the Midway School Reunion's theme will be "World War II Remembrances and Remembrances of Our Principal, J. Hoke Murphree." We invited his two surviving children to attend but they have declined due to poor health and the long distance they would have to travel. However, Alice Murphree Kelsey did send us a couple of her remembrances while at Midway from January 1942 to January 1946.

September 12, 2011 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


Rick Perry grabs 'third rail'

I sometimes wonder whether politicians actually write the books they release. In the case of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's book, I sometimes wonder whether he bothered to read it, either.

September 12, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


What 9/11 means to me, 10 years on

I am angry.

September 12, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


9/11 unity is just a memory

If we had another terrorist attack like Sept. 11, would Congress sing "God Bless America" on the Capitol steps like they did 10 years ago? Or would too many lawmakers be too busy drawing up articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama?

September 09, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


What happened to our unity?

Most of the time, I can't remember what I ate for breakfast or if I even locked the front door after racing out my apartment each morning.

September 09, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


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Tatum: Oh, Doctor, please help me; I’m damaged

Hello, my name is Jimmy and I'm a hypochondriac.

July 06, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: The legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star makers, was meant to be part of my life. I say this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

July 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Teal: ‘Muscle’ memories

When we examine our experiences over time, our recollections of some of them stand out like posts supporting our "fence of life." These are memories we will never forget. Some refer to them as "muscle" memories, very strong ones.

July 06, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Cahn: Has it really been 15 years?

By mid-June of 2000, I was so fed up and frustrated, I needed counseling.

July 03, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Michelle Obama’s evolution

WASHINGTON -- First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

July 03, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Scully: Vision and process

Many extraordinary people offer visionary ideas, especially here. "Wouldn't it be great if we had a river rafting business on the Wateree?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a downtown boutique hotel?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a Bluegrass Festival the week of the Colonial Cup?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a cottage development, or better yet, a new Kershaw County library on the former Mather property?" "And another restaurant or two!" The answer is predictably, "Yes, of course yes! Thank you for your great ideas," followed by necessary questions: "Where ...

July 03, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: The mourning after

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.

July 01, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: Tend to your own issues

Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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