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How long is a long good-bye?

Lately and more than once, that irritating detail known as "time" has saturated my mind in an especially tense and poignant manner. Tick –tock. Tick-tock. Shut off that annoying sound. Can time be disguised as sound? It can be for some. Perhaps it's the sound of an alarm clock at first light; or the sound of a bell when the school day is complete; or the sound of a buzzer when the game is over; or the sound of a flat line at the end of a life. Time can relate to sound, whether it's the sound we ...

March 04, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The power of early education

One of the many priceless moments in the 1990 film "Kindergarten Cop" takes place when Detective John Kimble, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, tries to explain why he is a kindergarten teacher. To a teacher colleague, who is unaware he has entered the school in an undercover role, he explains, "I got tired of teaching teenagers because by the time they came to me I felt there wasn't much I could do with them. I realized that the real action is in kindergarten."

March 02, 2011 | John Moncure, Ph.D. Headmaster, Montessori School of Camden | Columns


Lifting the heavy thumb

WASHINGTON -- Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage.

March 02, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Music to make you smile

Music makes the world go 'round. A world without music is a world in which I wouldn't want to live.

March 02, 2011 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


A crisis offers union-busting opportunity

If anything is clear in the labor clash that has brought Wisconsin government to a screeching halt it is how neither side has been all that clear about what the fight really is about.

February 28, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Councils' strategies are smart moves

Both Camden City and Kershaw County councils seem to be made up of people with good heads on their shoulders.

February 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The face(s) of Kershaw County public education

While sorting through the papers of a deceased friend of mine who wished them given to the South Caroliniana Library, I came across a 1970-71 annual of the Kershaw County Vocational Center. I soon visited Howard Branham, director of the Camden Archives and Museum, to see if they had a copy in their collection. They did not but in a few minutes Howard made a copy and added it to their collection.

February 28, 2011 | Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Doing multiculturalism right

Among their other headaches, some of Europe's biggest leaders are troubled by the lukewarm state of their countries' melting pots.

February 25, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


We need an energy solution ... fast

Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi is screaming bloody murder and vowing to be a martyr.

February 25, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


A personal recollection

As South Carolinians continue their celebration of Black History Month, I am today even more uplifted than ever by the profound contributions of African-Americans to the never-ending challenge to improve our communities, our state and our nation.

February 25, 2011 | Fred R. Sheheen Camden | Columns


County sets efficiency, prosperity as targets

The 2011 Kershaw County Council is off to a quick start. First, we were faced with the resignation of the county administrator. Fortunately, Frank Broom, a seasoned county and city administrator, stepped forward. The Council unanimously voted for Mr. Broom to become the interim county administrator. Mr. Broom has wasted no time in demonstrating his exceptional leadership skills in the public arena. Many lingering issues were immediately resolved and many new initiatives were suggested.

February 25, 2011 | Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Thumb-twiddling no option

WASHINGTON -- Procrastination is rarely a cost-free strategy. That is true when it comes to fixing Social Security -- as much as the Obama administration and, even more forcefully, its allies on the left may wish to believe otherwise. Their "what's the big rush?" message goes like this: The retirement program isn't really contributing to deficits in the short run. Indeed, its finances are healthy enough so that it can continue paying all promised benefits for more than two decades, until 2037. Even then, if absolutely nothing is done, Social Security would be able to pay about 75 percent of ...

February 23, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gardens and guns

NEW YORK -- Now would be a very good time to be a cartoonist. Or perhaps not. As the late cartoonist Doug Marlette frequently lamented, "How do you cartoon a cartoon? We're living in ÎToon Town.'"

February 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


How to make a city special

Asheville, N.C. – I dig red leather chairs.

February 23, 2011 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


Restructuring efforts moving in the House

Accomplishing more with less is a critical challenge facing the state in 2011. In order to help meet this challenge, lawmakers are considering a variety of government restructuring proposals. Restructuring government is a positive investment in the future of South Carolina.

February 21, 2011 | State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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A scorned South Carolina hero

April 11, 2014 was a very important day in the history of South Carolina. Few people noticed that anything much happened – but I would argue that this was the day we as a state did two very important things.

April 16, 2014 | Phil Noble | Columns


The Colbert Report

WASHINGTON -- In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.

April 16, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Diamonds are the ‘better gang’ now

Americans love their sports. We especially love baseball, basketball, football and hockey. We love the Super Bowl, March Madness, the Stanley Cup and World Series.

April 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Focusing on finding the best healthcare outcomes

Recently, I attended the Congress on Healthcare Leadership presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and I was most impressed by one presentation: Building the New Healthcare Delivery System. In particular, I was struck by the fact that healthcare executives from across the country were focused almost exclusively on this new world of healthcare and its impact on how the organizations they lead are designed.

April 14, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Beautiful in a different way

She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round that they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.

April 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


‘NEGU’

Life requires courage. Courage doesn't always roar like a lion. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice, unassuming in all its resilience and fortitude, the gentle giant among us, the self-effacing titan in our presence. Remember the line, or was it a show on television -- "kids say the darndest things?" For the moment, I'm going to change it to say, "Kids do insanely courageous things." I always find it an amazing occurrence when certain people or groups of people are put in our paths. They dissect our "straight" lines for reasons often unknown to us. Most of us just ...

April 11, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Time again to grab from the mailbag

If you're glad spring is here and you're looking back on this winter as one of the worst ever, you're right. But if you want a few weather statistics that are really cruel, try these on for size:

April 11, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The bigger they are…

I have been watching with great interest this week the news reports on the trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker. As many of you know, I came here from Pageland in Chesterfield County in late December and when I first went to work there in early 2011, Parker was the sheriff. So, I knew Parker well through my work.

April 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Southern charm

WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.

April 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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