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Obama’s second-term blahs

After scraping around for something -- anything -- good to say about President Barack Obama's debate performance, I came up with this much: at least he didn't look at his watch.

October 12, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The wooden box

There's this prison, you see, but there's something different about it. People who visit don't come away with visions of iron bars and murderers and breakouts and hardened men desperate to find a way out.

October 12, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The swing set

I tore down the old swing set last weekend, demolished it actually. I unscrewed as many nuts and bolts as I could and then took the saw to it, leaving only the pile of sand which had broken the fall of many a crying or giggling toddler at the base of the sliding board. It was time. The old structure had become a little "shop of horrors," so to speak. There were several rungs missing from the ladder, there were damaged boards everywhere, the swings had become rusty and unreliable. She was tired.

October 12, 2012 | By Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


KO’d in Denver

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.

October 10, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Forgotten creatures of politics

Even the best batters have to take batting practice sometimes. But it seems Barack Obama didn't heed such advice during the debate last Wednesday night. His lack of preparation was strikingly evident, only giving further credence to the idea that the president just doesn't seem to like the game of politics all too much.

October 10, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Newspapers continue to deliver

As a teenager in Pennsylvania, I delivered The Morning Call and The Evening Chronicle to customers in a suburb of Allentown. On rainy days, I'd try to make sure the paper stayed dry inside the screen door. Now, I get The State and the New York Times delivered to my driveway in plastic bags, though the Times delivery is erratic. I can, of course, also read the Times on my iPhone, iPad and desktop computer.

October 08, 2012 | By Charles Bierbauer Dean, USC College of Communications and Information Studies | Columns


We are the cornerstone of Kershaw County

Once or twice a year while living in the Washington, D.C., area as a child, my father would drive me and my sister to New York's Long Island to visit my grandparents, Ira and Barbara Cahn. They lived in Wantaugh, but spent much of their waking hours -- as well as time they should have been sleeping -- a little east of there in Massapequa.

October 08, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Revisiting Wilson’s ‘truly disadvantaged’

Twenty-five years after sociologist William Julius Wilson's important study of urban decline and vanishing "marriageable men," poverty is still with us. At least, we're finding lots of new ways to argue about it, even if our theories are no less sharply divided than the rest of our politics.

October 05, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


It’s OK ‘Honey Boo-Boo’ is a hit

Move over Duggar family, TLC has a new hit show on their hands.

October 05, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Blue Transition

Six weeks have passed since my oldest son walked through our back door. The mere mention of this makes the stretch seem even longer. Of course, aside from a normal dose of missing their brother, for his siblings, this time represents six weeks of more slices of pizza at dinner, shorter waits for the bathroom, and total control of the TV remote. For me, it suggests more intangibles. It is the void, the missing place setting at our table, and the one less body charging down the stairs for breakfast like a horse running for open country.

October 05, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


We’re not really getting smarter

Research tells us Americans are getting smarter as time goes by.

October 05, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


G-L-O-R-I-A

WASHINGTON -- Gloria Steinem is unmistakable.

October 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ryder finish gives glimpse of 2013 tour

The European's triumph during the final round of the Ryder Cup Sunday may provide a preview of things to come on the PGA Tour.

October 03, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A visit with Coota Montgomery

That morning, a piano tune from boyhood days echoed down the halls of Pinedale, a senior citizens care facility located near Camden. As we drew abreast of the piano player's room, there sat Neva Shannon ("Coota") Montgomery with her near 100-year-old, yet nimble fingers "tickling the ivories" into the song "Jesus Loves Me."

October 01, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


A mouse tale of not so epic proportions

If there's one thing I have an unnatural fear of, it's insects of both the crawling and flying variety. I've known that about myself since I was at least 12 years old when a huge bumblebee landed on my head. Not knowing what it was, I reached up and grabbed it only for it to -- naturally -- sting me. Luckily, I'm not allergic, but, boy!, did it hurt. Why that translated to a fear of crawling insects, I'm not sure except that I remember a giant millipede (or something like that) crawling up my bedroom wall ...

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Finding inspiration in new planets

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced this week that scientists using its Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a total of seven roughly Earth-sized ...

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The community dipper

Many years ago, out of nostalgia mostly, I ordered a dipper from a local hardware store. If you're younger than 30, you might not ...

February 24, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Naming a new KCSO K9

Chase, Shark, Skye, Charlie, Mario, Amigo, Sonic, Crush, Blackie, Rags and Bones. Get-him, Safie, Hunter, Kersh.

February 24, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


An extraordinary family

"You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air ...

February 24, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


A failure to communicate

WASHINGTON -- To sum up President Trump's first month in office, he has exceeded everyone's expectations.

February 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


We need to tone down the hysteria

Is anyone else hearing Michael Stipe from REM singing, "It's the end of the world as we know it?" The reaction to President Trump ...

February 21, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I guest columnist | Columns


Chamber plan identifies goals

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine De Saint Exupery

February 21, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What happens in Columbia matterse

I feel like a broken record (there's an archaic cultural reference for you) every year when I say this, but what happens in the ...

February 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dispatchers, EMS are heroes, too

After writing up my recent stories on 3-year-old Brayden, the little boy who survived a drowning incident several weeks ago, I received an email from ...

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Meet Rick. Meet the football. Hike!

WASHINGTON -- By now a few million Americans have met "Rick," the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear "football" for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago ...

February 17, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


World War II in Camden

of another world war. The First Army held their second 1941 field maneuvers in Camden. Their first attempt to prepare the Army for the possibility ...

February 17, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mayor forms econ development task force

For more than 300 years, together as one, we have successfully addressed numerous challenges here in our beautiful and historic city of Camden. We have ...

February 17, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cupid, take back your bow

Here we go again.

February 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Gator

A while back, we were in Canada for a movie that was filming there. One night, the shooting lasted until late so it was about ...

February 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What’s gonna happen in 2000s?

Ever since the 1980s began, I've been counting down to the new century.

February 14, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


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