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Turning a blind eye to government benefits

Why do Americans so often vote against their own economic interests? Because money isn't everything. Values matter, too, especially when your values tell you that cuts in government spending won't bring new pain to hard workers like you.

February 24, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


No advances on fuel front

As the price of gasoline approaches $4 a gallon -- with many saying it will reach $5 -- I was thinking recently of a column I wrote a few years ago during a similar spike in prices.

February 24, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Controversial Hall of Fame class could overshadow qualified candidates

Next year may go down as the year of the steroid user for Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. Three players whose careers were given a proverbial black eye for using performance-enhancing drugs will be on 2013's ballot.

February 22, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Civility is golden

WASHINGTON -- Can civility be saved?

February 22, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Grants and savings equal city improvements

Just recently, I was talking with a group of local citizens when someone mentioned the new street lights. In the past three years, the City of Camden has received and utilized grants in excess of $3 million for several improvements. A combination of grant funds and some tax dollars has been spent to move many electrical lines underground:

February 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Quality education has cost

A community member asked me recently why I place so much emphasis on the budget. The exact words were, "I think that's all you ever talk about." I guess I have to plead guilty to keeping the budget as a front burner issue. When I think about the discussions I have about our schools with parents, staff, students and community members, most of these discussions revolve around smaller class sizes, additional academic and extracurricular programs, competitive compensation, materials and supplies, technology and additional staff in areas such as nursing, maintenance, classroom assistants and clerical. All of these are areas ...

February 20, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America in ‘decline’ denial

Is America in decline? No way, says President Obama, proudly speaking of our standing overseas. But some grim new reports on our educational gaps remind us that decline is like charity -- it begins at home.

February 20, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Madonna, Whitney, Adele

It's no secret I love music. I was a radio announcer in an earlier life, after all. I love all kinds -- rock, jazz, pop, soundtracks -- just about anything.

February 20, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The power of losing

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's recent losses to Rick Santorum in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota revealed a truism that Romney might want to study -- but not too much!

February 17, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Don’t be ‘that’ person; make a difference

Doing the research for my column on voting statistics encouraged me not to be that person. You know -- that person who complains but doesn't do anything to help the cause. As I get older and gain more life experience, I find that it is really important to get interested in life, not on the surface but really dig deep into how the world is changing socially, culturally, fiscally.

February 17, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


A virus of violence

As a fan of Stephen Colbert's satirical skills on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," I didn't know what to expect when he sat down to interview the daughter of Jeff Fort, one of Chicago's most notorious gang leaders since Al Capone.

February 17, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The brute mentality

I've come to the conclusion that women's friendships might be tighter than men's.

February 17, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


New radio show will boost former presidential candidate’s presence

Talk radio's No. 1 blowhard Rush Limbaugh will soon have competition in his afternoon timeslot with former White House contender Mike Huckabee set to begin a new program over the air waves in April.

February 15, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Stubborn and stupid

Many people believe what is necessary to gain a Ph.D. is superior intelligence. Such a belief is certainly a fallacy. What a person requires is two items: obstinacy and stupidity. As a person who has washed a rather large wooden house with a rag, water, and scouring powder; cut front and back yards, when yards really were yards, with a pair of scissors; and dressed a half a hog, chitterlings and all -- I know. These examples occurred in my youth, and, seemingly, I gathered only worn and blistered hands as my lessons. I did learn from an admonition from ...

February 15, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Birth control redux

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans can hardly believe we're having a national debate about birth control in the 21st century -- more than 50 years after The Pill became available and decades after condoms became as commonplace as, well, balloons.

February 15, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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The question unanswered

WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates' names might stand for Denial.

October 22, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Dreams thankfully deferred

Growing up, I had a hand full of career goals. My parents signed me up for basketball in 3rd grade, which put the idea of playing for the WNBA in my head.

October 22, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Prince returns to his classic funky ways

Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns


Musical talent … or the lack thereof

I was in Boston recently and just down from our hotel, in the heart of the Back Bay, is the Berklee College of Music.

October 17, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A little panic might be helpful

WASHINGTON -- Now, now, let's not panic.

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


That little cabin in the woods

I obviously enjoy sharing stories from my childhood and other eras of my life in this column. I've told you about the time my pony took me on a crazy ride through a shed with a low ceiling and the time I got "lost" at the New York World's Fair. This week I'm going to tell you about a very special place that was the scene of many of my happiest childhood memories.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Not just guns - Part Two

Hollywood's most recent spate of pirate movies, the Pirates of the Caribbean series starring Johnny Depp, illustrates the age-old stereotype of "the pirate." Depp is the perfect swaggering pirate, his full head of dreadlocks wrapped in a cloth, waistcoat belted with heavy leather, on occasion an 18th century skirted frock coat and a tricorn hat. Pistols and swords in his belt within easy reach for a fight. Soft leather boots folded down at the top. Swashbuckling at its best. Depp embodies the definitive pirate style.

October 17, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A remedy for high turnover

ASPEN, Colo. -- One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen -- yes, I realize the irony -- is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government "handouts" are good for the bottom line?

October 15, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Music appreciation

My taste in music is pretty diverse. I seriously listen to every genre. However, I do have my favorites as I am sure many people do, and I have found that my preference for some genres are restricted to certain decades.

October 15, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Tough times come, tough times go

Lately, I seem to be reminded of the old adage "tough times never last but tough people do." It has me wondering: do tough people simply outlast the tough times or is it that people actually become tough as a result of surviving adversities over and over? Perhaps the answer lies in what we find on the other side of those difficult times. Perchance on the other side of these really burdensome and painful moments in our lives lay tougher people. It does make sense. Trying and practicing to be tough over and over would have to deliver a positive ...

October 15, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


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