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The sound of (mostly) silence

Last April, I wrote an article called "Switching frequencies" about how local agencies were on track to meet federal emergency communication mandates. In short -- and this is a somewhat complex issue -- local agencies all across the country needed to meet "interoperability" and "narrowbanding" requirements by Dec. 31.

January 14, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Stop the virus of Chicago violence

For once, Chicago has beaten New York in a competition that the Windy City had no desire to win. Chicago ended 2012 with more homicides than the Big Apple. No cheers for that.

January 11, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Message board mania

It doesn't take a genius -- or even a dim-witted newspaper columnist -- to know that the practice of communicating in 2013 is nothing like it was a decade ago.

January 11, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The future of home economics

A friend of mine recently posted a piece from The American Conservative entitled "A Radical Defense of Home Economics" on Facebook. The article highlighted an essay called "Workingman's Bread" in New Inquiry by Christine Baumgarthuber on the "history and possible future of home economics classes."

January 11, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


El futuro habla espanol

WASHINGTON -- The new year has begun with an avalanche of Republican retrospectives: What went wrong? What must the GOP do?

January 09, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Despite setbacks, Nadal will remain first-rate

It's been more than six months since former world No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal has played competitively on the ATP tour, but tennis fans shouldn't be counting out the 26-year-old Spaniard in 2013.

January 09, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A hidden side to Honey Boo Boo

It was hardly surprising for Time magazine to choose President Barack Obama to be its "Person of the Year." But for a new face that represents the spirit of these times, I believe a serious argument can be made for Alana Thompson, better known to many as TLC's pint-sized reality-TV star, Honey Boo Boo.

January 07, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The best Star Trek started 20 years ago

My love of science fiction, especially Star Trek, is well known to long-time readers. I have enjoyed every incarnation, from the original, somewhat campy series of the 1960s to the 2009 "reboot" movie by J.J. Abrams. I've enjoyed each series, but -- and this may surprise some people -- none more than Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

January 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Trends: are they important?

A friend of mine recently commented about his 30-pound overweight problem, "You know, Teal, I looked down at my waist and realized the pounds had just crept up on me over the years." That's the nature of trends. Some develop slowly while some others develop quicker and become more noticeable.

January 07, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Plots and clots

WASHINGTON -- The new year began not with a cannonball off the fiscal cliff but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism.

January 07, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lincoln freed us for this?

No slavery is quite as pernicious as that which we impose on ourselves.

January 04, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A family history of military service

Ready to travel the world, Ronald Moss joined the U.S. Army in 1946. He went to Ft. Bennon, Ga.; Ft. Louis, Wash.; Camp Stoneman, Calif.; the Philippines; Hawaii; and learned to speak Japanese while in Japan. He was a part of the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. During his time in the military, he graduated from the National Radio Institute and worked as a radio technician.

January 04, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Pigskin love

This past Sunday, I walked into my neighbor's house and was met by a wave of burgundy, gold and white. I quickly wondered how I could hide the obnoxious blue and white scarf I was wearing. Where were the other Dallas fans, I thought. And then from across the room, I spotted a lone comrade donning the Cowboys jersey. Two fans are always better than one. However, three interceptions later, the Redskins are in the playoffs and Dallas goes home. Maybe next year, Tony. I continue to be amazed at the enthusiasm and allegiance of the American football fan ...

January 04, 2013 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Print’s longtime passing

HASHTAG, America -- It is comforting to think of death as a passing rather than an end. In that vein, I prefer to think of Steve Jobs' final words as editorial commentary: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

January 02, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


At city hall

When people ask me, "How's it going?" I tell them, "exhilarating," a new word for me.

January 02, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tatum: Those critters of mine

Lately, I've been thinking: If there's anything to reincarnation, then I want to come back as one of my critters.

February 09, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Hillary’s golden tongue

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton's allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump's $1 ...

February 09, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: Hollywood gets it wrong again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

February 09, 2016 | | Columns


Rampell: Low-wage Senate workers get a raise -- and then the shaft

This story was supposed to have a happy ending.

February 09, 2016 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: Feds give orcas, dolphins new protections

I'm a sucker for orcas (a/k/a killer whales), dolphins and whales. I just love them. Depending on the species, they are, in ...

February 05, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Scully: The heart and mind of Bud Ferillo

During Black History Month, one particular white man is worth talking about. A descendent of the founders of Charleston, Bud Ferillo embodies a singular vantage ...

February 05, 2016 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: Paper or plastic and ‘glocal’ issues

A few years ago my company did some work for the city and mayor of Barcelona, Spain, developing innovative internet and new technology strategies. Both ...

February 05, 2016 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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