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Wagging the Dog

A few months ago, I was talking with a mother of a private school student, and I asked her if she minded telling me why she chose a private school for her child. I've asked this question to numerous private school parents over the years, and I always learn something. But the answer I got in this case was one that I hadn't heard before. This mother said, "I don't want my child to be a test score." She went on to tell me that in her opinion, standardized testing in public schools had become more important ...

December 16, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Remembering those who left us this year

As we approach the end of 2013, I thought about those who have left us -- those whose deaths are notable either because of who they were or the circumstances of their passing. While everyone notes the passing of luminaries, what about the people we've lost this year in Kershaw County? My list is not long, although there were certainly a lot of obituaries to go through; some even made the front page.

December 16, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Where Charlie Tinker lies buried

(This is a three-part series on Charlie. This is the first installment.)

December 16, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What was the question?

Verbal communication can be very surprising. Sometimes it can be annoying. It can also be so amazing that the listener hardly has a reply except a gasp.

December 16, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


American Party of S.C. hot at State Fair

Like tens of thousands of other South Carolinians, I went to the State Fair in Columbia a few weeks ago. It was great fun, and all the usual attractions were there. But there was something new this year -- and it was hot.

December 13, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Clearing the clutter at year’s end

I walked into my room the other day and some horror movie music should have started playing, because it was a nightmare in the 29223 zip code. After standing in the doorway looking at all of my stuff, I made it my mission to get rid of everything I don't need, properly store what I'm not using and better organize everything that I use on a daily basis. I don't know too much about feng shui, but I'm pretty sure the concept is accurate. I couldn't remember the last time I'd opened my blinds ...

December 13, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


‘The Christmas Letter’

It's that time of year again, when "The Christmas Letter" arrives from friends.

December 13, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Make a girl laugh

WASHINGTON -- Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

December 13, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The pope and the president

WASHINGTON -- We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.

December 11, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Why Christmas is just awesome

I went with my friend, Jody, and her daughters recently to see the Christmas lights at Swan Lake in Sumter. It was so fun to spend an evening with the excitement of children at Christmas. I have a real love for driving around with the heat blasting in my face, Mariah Carey Christmas turned up and singing, as loudly as I can, "All I want for Christmas is YOU!"

December 11, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


What comes after the welfare state?

The welfare state is now omnipresent in every part of the United States. The federal budget is dominated by entitlement spending, with 45 percent of federal spending in 2012 going to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare (among other health care entitlements). Simultaneously, states are struggling under the fiscal burdens imposed on them by mandatory entitlement programs: for example, spending by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (primarily on Medicaid) has averaged $1.21 billion over the last three budget years.

December 09, 2013 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


The 11th hour: Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina

What if I told you that it's the 11th hour, and that the proof is Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina?

December 09, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drop off our kids safely, please

I'm the parent of a Camden Middle School (CMS) student. Each weekday morning, I drop him off after taking his brother to another school.

December 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The poor dirt farmer

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it for it's all they've ever known.

December 09, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The GOP’s toxic messaging

WASHINGTON -- As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.

December 06, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Cahn: Parsing the Foster v. Chatman ruling

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against lower courts in Foster v. Chatman, finding Georgia prosecutors purposely used what are known as "preemptive strikes ...

May 27, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: A trump too far?

WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.

May 27, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 27, 2016

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Contrast this with the official start of hurricane season just a week away. The 2016 Atlantic ...

May 27, 2016 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: Come here and talk about guns

The papers this week had big stories about Donald Trump speaking to the National Rifle Association convention and accepting their endorsement. Among his promises to ...

May 27, 2016 | | Columns


Tatum: Let the colors fly

I have two large flags I will be displaying this week. Pretty pieces of cloth, indeed, few things are more beautiful than the flag of ...

May 24, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Election disaffection

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity -- a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during ...

May 24, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: The stones of life

The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris, Ga., was raised by a remarkable mountain woman. Folks around those parts called her "Miss Birdie" while her ...

May 24, 2016 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Walker: A fun destination in Kershaw County’s ‘backyard’

Right outside of Camden is a farm which plays home, restaurant, store, bed and breakfast and community learning center. Old McCaskill's Farm is quite ...

May 24, 2016 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: Mid-life romance in the digital age

It is very, very weird to be 51 and single in the second decade of the 21st century.

May 20, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Hillary’s viral nightmare

WASHINGTON -- You could say it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, it's hell to have a public record.

May 20, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Richardson: The view from here

In working on the next changing exhibit at the archives, I have had to research the Battle of Hobkirk Hill pretty extensively. I am the ...

May 20, 2016 | By Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: ‘Understanding each other’s history’

Last week in Charleston, a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big ...

May 20, 2016 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Trophies for everybody!

As always, I vacillate between disgusted and amused.

May 17, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rampell: She saw something -- and said something

WASHINGTON -- Last week, a 40-year-old man -- with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent -- boarded a plane. It was to make an ...

May 17, 2016 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: The boy in overalls

The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we had just encountered with someone we had sought to help.

May 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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