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Some thoughts on merit pay

I've been doing this work for almost 36 years. Having been around public education for that long, I've seen just about every solution to increasing student academic performance that has ever been thought up, usually more than once. In the case of merit pay, this is about the third time around for me. Déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. Legislation pending in the South Carolina General Assembly would freeze teacher salaries at current levels and require State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais to have a merit pay plan ready to present to ...

March 14, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Father's goal to read a story of courage

If there's one thing that I love about being a journalist, it's having the ability to tell someone's story.

March 11, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Today's higher education

Today we'll talk about three news stories, all released in a close time frame, and all related to colleges in the United States.

March 11, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Fox's revolving-door pols

Would I ever consider running for office? Amazingly, I sometimes have been asked. No way, I respond. Why would I want to put myself through all of the abuse that I put candidates through?

March 11, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Kershaw County is at a crossroads

Several weeks ago, while at the ALPHA center talking with Paul Napper, we discussed the problems his agency and the Sheriff's Office deal with, with regard to substance abuse. We talked about the families in our county that are being destroyed by drug abuse. We talked about the rise in incidents of criminal domestic violence caused, in part, by drugs. We also talked about the dubious distinction Kershaw County has in that we have the highest DUI fatality rate in the State of South Carolina. I brought up the issue of the extreme number of housebreakings and overall stealing ...

March 11, 2011 | Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Patiently not obsessing

NEW YORK -- This is doubtless heretical, but I'll say it anyway: I can wait to find out who the Republican presidential candidates will be.

March 09, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


On goodness, Godness and hedonism

Where does one draw the line between living a life that makes one happy and being a "good" person?

March 09, 2011 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


Being the best, for you

"You are holding a first-class newspaper in your hand."

March 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


First lady's fitness vs. her critics

Everyone supports physical fitness, it appears, until first lady Michelle Obama calls for it.

March 07, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


When selling yourself is a short sale

I've quite decided that I'm going to become one of those life coach guru types. They're making a killing these days. Surely I can swindle, uh, coach my way to fame and fortune.

March 07, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dark days for solar power

Ever heard of the Solyndra solar-cell plant in Fremont, Calif.? Most people haven't. That's a shame, considering how much taxpayer money has been poured into it.

March 07, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


A 'Where's Waldo?' presidency

WASHINGTON -- For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president. There are a startling number of occasions in which the president has been missing in action -- unwilling, reluctant or late to weigh in on the issue of the moment. He is, too often, more reactive than inspirational, more cautious than forceful.

March 04, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


At the movies ... at home

If Hollywood depended on people like me, the movie industry would be busted flatter than Bernie Madoff's investor friends.

March 04, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


How Rahm defused the race bomb

It seemed like a good idea at the time. After Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he would not run for reelection after almost 22 years in office, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other prominent black leaders saw a golden opportunity.

March 04, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Figuring out the dollars and sense

I'm a journalist, which, by definition, means that I hate math.

March 04, 2011 | Ashley Ford | 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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