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The writer in you

Over lunch the other day with friends -- all in the newspaper business -- I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.

November 18, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


‘Flexibility,’ or throwing the baby out with the bath water?

I've been doing this work for a long time, almost 39 years. I've seen probably every educational fad, movement, silver bullet, innovation, reform, program and change you can think of, and then some. The flavor of the month in South Carolina is elimination of minimum standards and quality control in the name of "flexibility." This "reform" comes up every so often as the grand solution to solve all of our problems. On the surface, it's not a bad concept. But because it's rarely done with some level of measure or common sense, it usually falls on ...

November 18, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Payments deferred

Many of the most important occupations receive the smallest salaries. For example, policemen are notoriously underpaid, as are firefighters. Teachers, entrusted with children, the most valuable items for both the parents and the world, receive the least for the most. I remember my first salary to be $2,785 a year! In spite of the fact that I was certainly better looking, more energetic, idealistic and gullible enough to think all students wanted an education and bringing an "A" diploma and teaching certification, the payment was small in terms of money. However, little did I expect or anticipate that the ...

November 18, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Obamacare’s gift to the GOP

WASHINGTON -- In spite of everything -- the GOP's internal scrimmages, the government shutdown, the party's transparent attempts to derail Obamacare -- Republicans keep getting second chances.

November 15, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Chris Christie in the White House?

Who's become the favorite whipping boy of both the left and the right?

November 15, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Gaga to perform in space

Lady Gaga will be the first artist to perform in space.

November 15, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Hunley submarine replica returning to Camden

A 43-foot-long replica of the H.L. Hunley will return to the Camden Archives and Museum from on Dec. 13 and 14. The replica last appeared in Camden in May 2012.

November 15, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Celebrity blues

One of my friends was griping to me recently about "the problem with my generation." He's slightly older than me and enjoys lecturing me every now and again on the troubles of the youth of America today. He said the problem with my generation is that we believe everything we see on YouTube.

November 13, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


A sorry state of affairs

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaking, chin-trembling apologist.

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


Fixing our elections

In many places in South Carolina, we just finished with our local elections. And, as usual, we are now hearing folks talking about what's wrong with our election system.

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


Legality and laughter

Contrary to the opinion of most people, schools have always had to serve all types of people. In fact, I remember a lawyer and legislator who was appalled when I suggested that drivers' licenses be taken from young people who broke the law instead of having them pick up trash when their parents could not or, wisely, would not pay their fines.

November 11, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A museum I’d want to be a part of

I may just have to look for part-time living accommodations back up in the Washington, D.C., area. Why in the world -- or, more precisely, why in the whole universe -- would I want to subject myself to living up there, even part-time?

November 11, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Last Lap

Somehow I ran across an out-of-print book called The Last Lap. It is now 15 years old, but tells an intriguing, timeless tale of the early days of America's first stock car racers.

November 11, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Front steps

The small boat slid quietly from the soft, muddy bank and righted herself in the anxious waters of Lake Moultrie. She was eager for this return to her element and the buoyancy made her feel at home as she waited patiently for her crew and belongings to be gathered and stowed. Feet and hands clamored aboard and small eyes became big with anticipation. They were on a short journey, some 75 years in the making, to the old house at the bottom of the lake.

November 08, 2013 | By Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A new Sound of Music

What do you get when you combine one of today's most electrifying performers with the grandest, most phenomenal, sappiest sound track of all time?

November 08, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


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Parker: You know what they say

CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.

July 22, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Looking back at highlights of a year of achievement

After the school year ends and the dust settles, it's always fun and gratifying for me to look at the accomplishments of our students ...

July 19, 2016 | Frank Morgan C-I Contributing Columnist | Columns


I don't want to

As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...

July 19, 2016 | Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Parker: Who will keep us safe?

WASHINGTON -- Nice, France.

July 19, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Looks like this is the end

And with those famous words from the old Underdog cartoon show, I bid you all a fond adieu.

July 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Tatum: So long, and thanks for all the fish

I met the guy -- seems just like yesterday -- one day when I was home from the Lowcountry visiting the office. I think I had met ...

July 12, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: America’s killing fields

WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.

July 12, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: A holler of desperation

The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.

July 12, 2016 | | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 12, 2016

I was talking with Darlington (S.C.) County Treasurer Belinda Copeland last week and we were having a bit of fun over some of the ...

July 12, 2016 | | Columns


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