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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


The civil right of marriage equality

Growing up the way I did, I couldn't help but to learn the fundamental truth that we are all human beings with the fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I've lived in too many places, and been counted as a minority enough times, not to realize that it's always wrong -- always -- to believe that anyone's claims to those fundamental rights are inferior to anyone else's.

April 01, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Duggars are adopting

Everybody has their own opinion about the infamous Duggar clan -- I love them. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar recently revealed that, after a miscarriage in 2011, they are contemplating adoption.

March 29, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Of trains, convertibles and not making plans

Lost among the daily news hoopla of the Great Recession, the housing comeback, the stock market run and the decline of the euro has been a bit of economic news that most people would probably find surprising:

March 29, 2013 | | Columns


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Hillary's heel

WASHINGTON -- When I wrote the headline "Hillary's heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range ...

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


I'm a BIG KID

I am pretty sure you all have realized that I am a "young 'un". But I have a confession: underneath these 173 pounds of cuteness ...

August 26, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


Because I'm passionate about it...

I'm trying recall the last time I actually took the time to dispense a load of good advice to people I barely know. It ...

August 23, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A nice column about Trump

WASHINGTON -- When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive ...

August 23, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The Olympics opened my eyes

I have been without a television set for a few days, but I know that the Olympics are the thing right now. I watched the ...

August 19, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


Beach burkini bingo

August 19, 2016 | | Columns


Aggravation lurks in the remote…

Yet another thing I've noticed about my galloping downhill ride into curmudgeon-hood is my intense and ever growing dislike of television. More specifically, I ...

August 16, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Driven to distraction

OXFORD, Md. -- Reflexively, I type "Dru" and The Drudge Report pops up. I hate myself for going there but as a columnist ever in search ...

August 16, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Hurrah for John Oliver

WASHINGTON -- Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It's August. I'm Trumped out ...

August 12, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My boyfriend and I are moving together

I want you to re-read that sentence. I know I am in the Bible Belt, and folks probably read that as "My Boyfriend and I ...

August 12, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


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