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‘Poor’ miscues will give Obama edge in general election

When Mitt Romney said his now infamous words -- "I'm not concerned about the very poor" -- he was adding to an already disconcerting track record of tactlessness toward unemployed and lower income Americans.

February 08, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Haw jelly

Combine juice from the May haw berry, from crabapples, along with some sugar and you have makings of the finest jelly ever to grace a biscuit or piece of toast. End of subject, you muse, but the paper's fresh, and you have a sweet tooth after downing a real Southern breakfast. "Hon, we got any haw jelly?" Now, unless you live in a kind of narrow swath of geography between Wedgefield and Camden, bordered south by the Wateree River swamp and north a tad on the Yankee side of old and new Highway 521, your answer is going to ...

February 08, 2012 | Johnny Roland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The cost of conscience

WASHINGTON -- Two of the top news stories this past week have revolved around reproductive rights, though both raise far more troubling issues than a woman's right to contraception or abortion.

February 08, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Newt’s secret Alinsky love

Saul Alinsky is a name most people don't know, so why does Newt Gingrich drop his name at every opportunity without explaining who he is? Because it is not what the Republican presidential candidate says that counts; it is what his audiences feel when he says it.

February 06, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


An essential limp

WASHINGTON -- When a friend was writing a novel, he was concerned that his protagonist was too perfect.

February 06, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The symbols in our city

Everyone knows what a red octagon with four white words in the middle held atop a pole stuck in the ground means. Stop, of course.

February 06, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Man vs. reality TV

I gave up television several years ago when I bid farewell to Jack Bauer and the final season of "24." Not sure why I was drawn to the series about a fictional counter terrorist unit and its main protagonist, Jack Bauer; perhaps it was the excitement of watching the unit diffuse major terrorist attacks in merely one hour of real time in one very bad day. Other than sports, worthwhile news and the occasional "Office" episode, I've chosen to put the box on the back burner.

February 03, 2012 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Voting is your right, your responsibility

Jim Rex won the statewide election for superintendent of education in 2006 by 455 votes.

February 03, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


The music plays on

A digital jukebox?

February 03, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Where did Haiti donations go?

Two years after a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands, more than a half-million Haitians are still sleeping under tarps, often in camps without enough water or toilets. As another hurricane season approaches, many people are asking, what happened to the generous donations that Americans gave? Congress should make it easier to find out.

February 03, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Newt in Wonderland

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to Newt Gingrich's post-speaker activities on the Hill, it all depends on what your definition of "lobbying" is.

February 01, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Showing our appreciation to those who keep us safe

Several recent incidents in the Palmetto State have underscored the dangers facing the men and women of law enforcement:

February 01, 2012 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


Drivers hungry to dethrone past champions this season

No other name besides Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart has appeared on the NASCAR Sprint Cup series championship trophy in the past seven years. With the sport's top circuit set to kick off Feb. 26 with the Daytona 500, virtually every driver will be aiming to make sure that streak comes to an end.

February 01, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Happy 8th, Opportunity!

This past Thursday, Time Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger wrote a lovely homage to Opportunity, the little Mars rover that could.

January 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


1947 train derailment at Cassatt revisited

Several mishaps at railroad crossings or elsewhere in eastern Kershaw County occurred during my youth. The derailment at Cassatt occurred in 1947 while I was away from the community serving Uncle Sam in Italy.

January 30, 2012 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | 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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