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School Christmas memories

For whatever reason, while I was doing yard work during the Thanksgiving weekend, I started thinking about my favorite Christmas memories from my own school days. (This probably qualifies as ancient history for most people.) The daydreaming made the raking and mulch-spreading a lot more pleasant.

December 20, 2010 | KCSD Superintedent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Hooked on iPad Scrabble

WASHINGTON -- I could write more about the tax deal, but you're probably tired of hearing about it, and, to be honest, I've been too busy playing iPad Scrabble.

December 20, 2010 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Obama-Clinton's tag team show

When President Barack Obama turned over his news conference to President Clinton like a tag-team wrestler and left the room to attend a Christmas party -- leaving Clinton to take questions from reporters about Obama's tax-cut deal -- he gave the astonished chattering classes plenty to chatter about:

December 20, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Sheheen is my Person of the Year

To so many people here in Kershaw County he is "Vincent."

December 20, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Holiday help is hard to find

Gift wrapping -- is it a man's or woman's job?

December 17, 2010 | Ashley Ford | Columns


War news remembered

Andy Denton was recently helping his mother Miriam move some furniture when they came across a bulletin from the First Baptist Church which was distributed on Father's Day in 1945. The bulletin was arranged in newsletter form and filled with information concerning events surrounding the end of the war and updates on many of your friends and neighbors who were serving in the military.

December 17, 2010 | Buster Beckham C-I guest columnist | Columns


Living the spirit of Christmas

I have a number of favorite Christmas stories which I have told you over the years. This is one of my favorites; I related it to you long ago, but it is worth repeating as Christendom's most holy day approaches.

December 17, 2010 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


No backslide for House ethics

As I watched the sad sight of Rep. Charles Rangel, a decorated Korean War veteran, stand in the well of the House to be humiliated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi with resounding censure like a misbehaving schoolboy, I was reminded of a joke I once heard about a critic's review of a singing cat: "It is not that the song was done well that mattered, but that it was done at all."

December 17, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Publisher's comment

His name is David Underwood. His call sign is "Stevie." His face is the face of American freedom. His face is the face of American power.

December 15, 2010 | Mike Mischner Camden Media Co. | Columns


It's grow-up time in America

NEW YORK -- Thanks to WikiLeaks, even Vlad the Putin can raise an eyebrow and presume to know more about founding American principles, democracy and free speech.

December 15, 2010 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


As I see it

Given I've had my coffee in the morning and wine in the evening, I'm quite the happy-go-lucky character. It takes a powerful event, one with a lasting impact, to grip my mood. Stoic, not quite; let's just say I'm indifferent to most of the daily world, and I mean that in a positive sense. Too often, I believe, indifference is seen as a negative.

December 15, 2010 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


A dog's life, then and now

I used to see those people who catered shamelessly to their dogs and snidely chuckle into my sleeve.

December 15, 2010 | Jim Tatum C-I guest columnist | Columns


TSA and security: the naked truth

Years ago, the biggest question you'd get while flying was "Coffee or tea?" Now it's "Naked body scan or aggressive pat-down?"

December 13, 2010 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


That's 'techie' entertainment!

With my busy schedule here at the C-I and being a dad to two rambunctious boys, it's sometimes hard to watch what I want when I want.

December 13, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


When will Obama go 'gangster'?

Leave it to the famously politically incorrect Bill Maher to get to the heart of what's bugging President Barack Obama's supporters these days:

December 13, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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Prince returns to his classic funky ways

Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns


Musical talent … or the lack thereof

I was in Boston recently and just down from our hotel, in the heart of the Back Bay, is the Berklee College of Music.

October 17, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A little panic might be helpful

WASHINGTON -- Now, now, let's not panic.

October 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


That little cabin in the woods

I obviously enjoy sharing stories from my childhood and other eras of my life in this column. I've told you about the time my pony took me on a crazy ride through a shed with a low ceiling and the time I got "lost" at the New York World's Fair. This week I'm going to tell you about a very special place that was the scene of many of my happiest childhood memories.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Not just guns - Part Two

Hollywood's most recent spate of pirate movies, the Pirates of the Caribbean series starring Johnny Depp, illustrates the age-old stereotype of "the pirate." Depp is the perfect swaggering pirate, his full head of dreadlocks wrapped in a cloth, waistcoat belted with heavy leather, on occasion an 18th century skirted frock coat and a tricorn hat. Pistols and swords in his belt within easy reach for a fight. Soft leather boots folded down at the top. Swashbuckling at its best. Depp embodies the definitive pirate style.

October 17, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A remedy for high turnover

ASPEN, Colo. -- One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen -- yes, I realize the irony -- is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government "handouts" are good for the bottom line?

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


Music appreciation

My taste in music is pretty diverse. I seriously listen to every genre. However, I do have my favorites as I am sure many people do, and I have found that my preference for some genres are restricted to certain decades.

October 15, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Tough times come, tough times go

Lately, I seem to be reminded of the old adage "tough times never last but tough people do." It has me wondering: do tough people simply outlast the tough times or is it that people actually become tough as a result of surviving adversities over and over? Perhaps the answer lies in what we find on the other side of those difficult times. Perchance on the other side of these really burdensome and painful moments in our lives lay tougher people. It does make sense. Trying and practicing to be tough over and over would have to deliver a positive ...

October 15, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


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