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No biology teacher

I have taught many subjects, for some of which I certainly did not have certification, such as speech, debate and mathematics. I have even been pressed into emergency teacher status for a special education class and the band. Each one of the preceding two could have a paper printed about the experience. However, the one I feared most and the one the students really wanted me to do was become their teacher for the sex education part of the biology class!

April 10, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why I can’t have nice things

Recently I have learned to really understand the phrase "this is why we can't have nice things" which I heard all through my childhood but never really understood the significance of. After spilling juice on tablecloths staining them for eternity or somehow managing to ruin the playground set in our backyard, I would always hear my mom -- in a very exasperated tone, I should add -- exclaim: "See! This is why we can't have nice things!" And being my young and carefree self I would think to myself "it's not my fault the playground set couldn't handle ...

April 10, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Red carpet-bombing to save the girls

NEW YORK -- The striking juxtaposition of the preternaturally perfect Angelina Jolie, waifish and wispy in a ghostly gown, and the punchy Pakistani schoolgirl Malala, her face cruelly misshapen by the effects of a Taliban bullet to the head, captures the confluence of feminine power assembled here to "lean on" the world to save women and girls.

April 10, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Plant Sex Ed

Do all plants have flowers? It is a timely topic in spring, with flowers abounding and air that is laden with pesky pollen. Like any good love story, plant sex has no paucity of details and drama. To make our investigation easier, we can divide plants into four groups. They all do it differently, in ways that make a lot of sexual sense depending on the respective environment.

April 08, 2013 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Where Obama should listen to Rand Paul: legal pot

As the nation's capital prepares to open its first legal medicinal marijuana dispensary and Sen. Rand Paul's call for legalization basks in bipartisan praise, it's time for President Barack Obama to clear the air around his own passive-aggressive position on pot.

April 08, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Books offer real, alternate histories

Two books recently transported me to the past, one real, the other not. Both featured late President Richard Nixon, one prominently, the other not so much. They provided me with food for thought … of where we have been, where we are now and where we could be.

April 08, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Last Chronicle

I believe this to be the last entry in my insipid but genuine "chronicles of a college freshman". At least for now. In a way, I wish I could jot down a brief survival guide of sorts for other parents preparing to travel a similar road. But regrettably, we know that's not how it works. It's not a chapter in a spicy novel we can rush through but a scene in a play that must be acted out. It must be lived and felt. The first year of college ushers in difficult and, at times, heart-rending change for ...

April 05, 2013 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The simple art of being polite

It's no secret that the hand-written note is going the way of the buggy whip and the adding machine.

April 05, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Ode to iPod George

Remember how excited you were when the product of your dreams hit the market?

April 05, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


A monument to reconciliation

CAMDEN S.C. -- It isn't often that one gets to hear both the strains of "Dixie" and an African drum concert in the same public square. Nor, usually, are statue unveilings the riveting stuff of storytelling.

April 05, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Keynesian economics and gridlock

WASHINGTON -- The item was too delicious to resist: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, he of the don't-worry, be-happy approach to the federal deficit, had been forced to declare personal bankruptcy. Except, it wasn't true.

April 03, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Four Months In

Marvelous things are happening in Camden and Kershaw County. Yes, sometimes, we take two steps forward, one step back, but as every airline pilot knows, if a strong headwind takes us off-course, we get back on track and head for our destination, which in this case is a happy, prosperous City.

April 03, 2013 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Slow down you crazy child

A few weeks ago I shared with the community my frustration with the stoplights around town. Since then I have received lots of feedback from locals who share my sentiments as well. However, there is one particular email that has really stuck with me for the past couple of weeks. In this particular email, the sender agreed with my frustrations and feelings regarding being trapped within my vehicle while waiting for a change of color but he also shared something else: "maybe it's just divine intervention for us all to slow down and reflect on how wonderful life is."

April 03, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Not quite on the high board yet

WASHINGTON -- Listening to the Supreme Court hear arguments in the same-sex marriage cases was like watching a novice diver inch to the edge of the high board for the first time.

April 01, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


‘Travels’ of a Historical Document

On June 9, 2012 at a Civil War show in Columbia, S.C., I browsed along from one dealer table to the next searching for Civil War relics in my fields of interest. As I examined the items on the table of the Broadfoot Publishing Company, with much excitement and anticipation I opened a folder labeled, "Immortal Six Hundred -- original manuscript." When I realized I was examining a Lieut. William E. Johnson Jr. 1864 manuscript list of the Immortal Six Hundred, goose bumps arose on my arms.

April 01, 2013 | | Columns


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Random visit from an old enemy

I hope this never happens to you.

July 26, 2016 | Jim Tatum C-I Editor | Columns


How much freedom does law and order cost?

Parker: CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump was a man in full Thursday night as he accepted the Republican nomination: Full-throated, full of fury and full of himself ...

July 26, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Parker: You know what they say

CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.

July 22, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Looks like this is the end

And with those famous words from the old Underdog cartoon show, I bid you all a fond adieu.

July 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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