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Tatum: Governing the passions...

The next time I am within earshot of an individual who uses the phrase "I have a passion for…" to describe anything other than the first moment he or she met their significant other, I'm very likely to passionately beat them senseless with a five pound bag of oranges.

June 15, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and can even believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't. That what he has is an illusion, a mirage he tried to turn into reality.

June 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Morgan: A year of great accomplishments

It's hard to believe that the 2014-15 school year is over. The longer I work in this profession, the faster the school years seem to go. June is a month that I try to both reflect on the past year and set my sights on everything that needs to be done during the coming school year. In looking back at the past school year, I can say without any hesitation whatsoever that 2014-15 has been a year of great accomplishments. Here are some of our highlights:

June 15, 2015 | By Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: More to fix when it comes to agendas

A week ago, this newspaper applauded both the S.C. House and Senate for unanimously passing a bill requiring governing bodies to publish agendas and to require a two-thirds majority vote before amending those agendas during and up to 24 hours before such meetings.

June 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Pool party mayhem

WASHINGTON -- Video imagery doesn't get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African-American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries, and drawing his gun on other teens.

June 12, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Phillips: What now?

Every year around this same time, early June, a certain thought occurs to me. The timing is simply because this is graduation time at high schools, colleges and universities all through our area and the entire United States.

June 10, 2015 | | Columns


Parker: Caitlyn Jenner’s politics

WASHINGTON -- Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown.

June 10, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Noble: Andy Griffith is stopping progress in South Carolina

OK, the headline got your attention, so now hopefully you will read the whole column -- and no, it's not technically true. Andy Griffith died in 2012 and he was from North Carolina, not South Carolina.

June 10, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Elliott: Red, white and true blue

There are times when folks ask me questions about NASCAR and I find myself at a loss for words -- which is the rarest of occurrences, believe me -- and then there are other times when folks ask me questions about NASCAR, and I can't say enough.

June 09, 2015 | | Columns


Tatum: A cunning plan

Whoever said "money can't buy happiness" either never had it or just took it way too seriously. With enough money, you can, in fact, buy a lot of happiness, or rather, peace of mind, which is a very clearly marked and well-paved route to happiness.

June 08, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: How fast rumors go

Carrie called the other day and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

June 08, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gunn: Journey to nursing excellence

Healthcare is undergoing a fundamental transformation, and nurses are in the midst of many of the changes taking place. Recognizing it is critical to engage nurses throughout the process, KershawHealth has developed our Journey to Nursing Excellence initiative, a three-pronged approach encompassing shared governance, workforce development and staff recognition.

June 08, 2015 | By Terry Gunn, KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: A reintroduction of sorts

One of my "rules" about journalism is to always write a story with the assumption there is at least one person who has never read about the subject before. If you're writing about an ongoing debate over, say, school taxes, assume there's someone who has no idea what you're talking about.

June 05, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Jenner’s coming-out party

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.

June 05, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Scully: Moving forward in the new economy

In visiting towns across South Carolina, I see unprecedented progress. Everywhere, it seems, city and county residents are organizing to improve their downtowns, their schools and their industrial parks to attract new business and ramp up economic development.

June 05, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tatum: Eavesdropping on E.T.

I read the other day Stephen Hawking is leading a new effort to look for extraterrestrial life.

July 27, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: It goes so fast

A friend said something the other day which has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

July 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Walker: Cat-tastrophe

America is No. 1 in the world for the number of cats with an estimated 74 million felines. Experts believe there are millions of unspayed, unneutered, unwanted and uncared for cats. They roam our streets and are multiplying at lightning speed.

July 27, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: Abbeville case key to S.C.'s future

There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix it. The question is will we?

July 27, 2015 | | Columns


Cahn: Looking back at myself

My father recently pulled the old "baby picture" trick, but for the modern age.

July 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Trumping himself

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.

July 24, 2015 | | Columns


Moment of Nature - July 24, 2015

The mere mention of the word "root extraction" concurs up images of the dentist chair, Novocain and the shrill sound of the drilling tool, which sends a shiver up my spine! Thankfully, extraction in this context is not of tooth roots but of tree roots.

July 24, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: A modest proposal for humanity

WASHINGTON -- In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.

July 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: The roots run deep

My mother's family has six in her generation. She is the oldest, followed by my Aunt Doris and my uncles Mart, Bill, Jim and John. They grew up on a small farm in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri, but are now scattered about, as many families are. They are a remarkable bunch.

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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