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Can this really be happening?

Seldom have I witnessed such a gross malfunctioning of local governments as that which has developed in Camden and Kershaw County over the future of recreation programs to serve the citizenry.

June 15, 2012 | By Fred R. Sheheen C-I contributing columnist | Columns


In awe of people who can jam

You might have seen the segment on TV recently that spotlighted a guy who had virtually no musical talent, then dived one day into the shallow end of a pool and suffered a severe head injury, and days later sat down at a piano and played it like a virtuoso.

June 15, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Top three's dominance likely to continue at Wimbledon

Regardless of the outcome of Monday's rain delayed French Open final, the record books were destined to change.

June 13, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Tobacco

Tobacco was an important part of life in Georgia during the thirties and forties. Every man smoked -- a pipe, cigar, or cigarette. Farmers raised tobacco as a money crop and their own use. Most women did not smoke; if they did so, they did it in private, certainly not on the street. My mother considered women who smoked to be "hussies," although she dipped snuff. I cannot remember her, in her few times of leisure, without a dip of snuff and a twig in her mouth and a spit can by her side. I certainly was not interested in becoming ...

June 13, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Nobody likes a loser

WASHINGTON -- For the past year, we've been relentlessly reminded that Republicans didn't especially love their front-running presidential candidate.

June 13, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Our mirror-kissing culture

Psychological experts are engaged in a heated debate over a curiously underappreciated issue of our times: should "narcissistic personality disorder" continue to viewed as a mental illness? Or should we concede, in my view, that mirror-kissing personalities have become not only the norm but a national passion.

June 11, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


An unconscionable mandate

"We have tried negotiation with the (Obama) administration and legislation with the Congress -- and we'll keep at it -- but there's still no fix. Time is running out."

June 11, 2012 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Leaving behind a 'life' of crime

Whenever you get a promotion, or a new, better job somewhere else -- as you take on more responsibility -- you leave something behind.

June 11, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich Diddy isn't the problem -- inequality is

Seldom has anybody's scholarship kicked up so much controversy.

June 08, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Passions take you farther in life

Someone I met during the end of my junior year of college really showed me the difference between having a passion and an interest. Throughout my relationship with this person, I've recognized the importance and value of having interests and fueling passions.

June 08, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Absentee father

I never knew my father; he died when I was five months old, leaving my mother with me and my 3-year-old brother. We were not his first family. He had nine children by his first wife, eight girls and one boy -- five little graves attested to the mortality rate in earlier times. Many first wives died before their husbands, not surprising since childbirth was so dangerous and the mortality rate so high. I cannot imagine having more children -- especially since my father was 63 when I was born and my mother was 40. Back then, people just had the number ...

June 08, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


It's good to be queen

Being queen is a heck of a job.

June 08, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A budget plan that adds up

It has been more than three years since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. The last time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fulfilled his legal responsibility, Conan was still on NBC, Tea Parties hadn't come together, and the iPad hadn't yet been introduced.

June 06, 2012 | By Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Formerly fruitless Falcons may fly high in 2012

With the start of the NFL season less than 100 days away, the proverbial clock is now ticking for every franchise hoping for success in 2012.

June 06, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Awash in undisclosed cash

WASHINGTON -- To grasp the clear and present danger that the current flood of campaign cash poses to American democracy, consider the curious case of Post Office Box 72465. It demonstrates that the explosion of super PAC spending is only the second most troubling development of recent campaign cycles.

June 06, 2012 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Parker: Who’s the studliest of them all?

WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

May 27, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Noble: S.C. profiles in courage

As a very young boy of 9 years old, I first became interested in politics when my father off-handedly encouraged me to watch the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate in 1960. It changed my life -- literally.

May 27, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Note to self…

The great comedian Bill Engvall coined the catch phrase, "Here's your sign."

May 27, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cahn: The news from next door

I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a $100 bill in hand.

May 25, 2015 | | Columns


Tucker: Prom night

I was browsing through a community newspaper recently -- not this one -- when I came across photos from the senior prom at a particular high school.

May 22, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Bab(i)es on campus

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.

May 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: All flash and no substance

I am a musician, so I am, of course, also a big music fan. As far back as my memory can stretch, way before I ever learned to play an instrument, I loved to listen to music. Mostly it was on the radio, but my parents and older sister had a few record albums, too.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 22, 2015

Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.

May 22, 2015 | | Columns


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