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On the road with Steinbeck

Last week we talked about John Steinbeck's 1960 journey across America. Today I'll share a few stories about the months-long trip he took.

October 25, 2010 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | 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


Politics today

NEW YORK -- Witches vs. bearded Marxists. Actors vs. hicks. Toon Town vs. Parodyville.

October 20, 2010 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Penny tax would be boost to future

For those unaware, I don't reside in Kershaw County. But this doesn't mean I'm careless about what happens here.

October 20, 2010 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


Elite anti-elitism

In her continuing effort to distance herself from her own beliefs, Delaware's Christine O'Donnell is trying her level best to convince the world that she's a genuine, regular person. If she can fake that, as an old saying goes, she's got it made.

October 18, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A penny could be worth millions

With the Boston Tea Party, colonists who would soon call themselves Americans took a stand: taxation without representation would not be tolerated.

October 18, 2010 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The house

The house has always been there. She will, most likely, always be there. She has never wavered from her foundation or from her purpose. She has always endured. She has reared our children, celebrated our joyous occasions, wept for our unfortunate circumstances, helped us bury our dead.

October 18, 2010 | Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Furious at an 'inside job'

NEW YORK -- If you haven't been humming tunes from "Les Miserables," you haven't seen "Inside Job," the new documentary about how our economic crisis evolved.

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


November vote on capital sales tax critical to care of cancer patients in Kershaw County

In my September column, I wrote about KershawHealth's proposed new Outpatient and Urgent Care Center at the old Burndale Shopping Center in Camden. This project is among the eight projects that would be funded from the Capital Sales Tax, which is on the November ballot.

October 15, 2010 | Donnie Weeks KershawHealth president and CEO | Columns


Wanderlust

Fifty years ago this month, acclaimed American novelist John Steinbeck stuffed his belongings and his poodle into a camper perched on top of a pickup, left his Long Island home and headed out to cross the United States, determined to rediscover a country that had become increasingly unrecognizable to him.

October 15, 2010 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


'Teen Mom' shares hard realities

Farrah Abraham, Maci Bookout, Amber Portwood and Catelynn Lowell.

October 15, 2010 | Ashley Ford | Columns


An ugly price for free speech

Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church protesters, now nationally infamous for waving hateful signs at military funerals, may sound crazy but they're not stupid. Not totally.

October 13, 2010 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


If Dems win, will Pelosi still be speaker?

Here's a crazy-sounding question: Could Nancy Pelosi lose by winning? If Democrats manage to retain the House, could the speaker's job be in jeopardy?

October 13, 2010 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Meet Steve Schmitt

We spread Steve last week.

September 19, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Many life milestones are out of millennials’ reach

WASHINGTON -- We want to move out. We want to own our home. We want to marry. We want to work.

September 19, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Musings from a Cardinals, Cowboys, Chiefs, Rams, Panthers, Dolphins and Gamecocks fan

It sure has felt good to have some cooler days lately. After a long, hot summer, it's nice to know the more pleasant breeze of a pre-autumn day. I have heard many people say similar things in the past week or two, and then there's usually also a follow-up comment about how it won't be long until we're complaining about how cold it is or there's snow and ice on the roads. All true.

September 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Give me air!!

Hot, hot, hot! We're on the second day of 99 degrees-plus-the-heat-index weather. I'm on my wide front porch on the shady side of the house with a woven Palmetto frond fan in my hand. Back and forth, waving steadily. It helps a little -- fanning my sweat glistened cheeks and neck. The ladies a century ago would have said they were "glowing." They used these fans too -- in fact my older friend bought dozens of them for her daughter's summer wedding at Salem Black River Presbyterian years ago -- before they put in air conditioning. She gave me this ...

September 19, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Driving therapy

Music has the power to influence. It has the power to evoke deep thoughts, which ultimately lead to a flow of emotions and feelings. Driving paired with music seems to increase that flow of emotions. Maybe it is the sometimes calm rhythmic movement that the steady turn of the wheels creates that appeal to the mind and body. I make a 45 to 50 minute drive to and from work five days a week, so I get plenty of time to daydream, think and devise plans of action for any situation that is heavy on my mind. No one is ...

September 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


More on S.C. snakes

Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...

September 17, 2014 | Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

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


The one fight to have before your wedding

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.

September 03, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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