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Let's make national park status happen

I recently attended the National League of Cities conference. This annual event, attended by representatives from thousands of cities, provides local leaders with resources, contacts and continuing education. The League is focused on helping cities build stronger communities. Advocacy, job creation, economic growth, effective policy making, and feasible collaboration are only a few of the topics we explored for continuing and creating sustainable, vibrant communities.

March 16, 2012 | By Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


How about a 'GED' for college?

Could millions of college dropouts get a second chance through a GED-style equivalent of a college diploma? In today's age of blue-collar blues and online education, the idea of college-equivalency exams doesn't sound so outlandish anymore.

March 16, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


What women want

WASHINGTON -- Introducing her husband on Super Tuesday night, Ann Romney said women this election season are interested in jobs, the economy and the debt.

March 14, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Political knowledge should be desired trait in leaders

"Oops." That single word in a November 2011 presidential debate endeared then-candidate Rick Perry to some voters and allowed him to be written off by others.

March 14, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Public land

They put the war dead in the library. The Yankees took all of the livestock, food, and feed. The hungry rats quickly became a problem.

March 12, 2012 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Brash Limbaugh

Americans praise civility, but we constantly reward rudeness. That annoying fact of life helps to explain why the blessings that Rush Limbaugh brought to the Republican base recently turned into a curse.

March 12, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Heading for ‘Sunshine’ at the beach

This coming Saturday, publisher Mike Mischner, Localife/West Wateree Chronicle Editor Keri Todd Boyce and I (and our families) will attend the S.C. Press Association's (SCPA) winter meeting. If we're very lucky, we might pick up a few awards. At the very least, we'll enjoy a lovely meal, a very nice hotel and one of the better beaches on South Carolina's coast.

March 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A sad state of affairs

Some might call Rush Limbaugh the "slut" after his mediocre apology to keep advertisers in bed with him after the Sandra Fluke debacle. Eight of his sponsors have walked out the door unsatisfied with the conservative talk show host's remarks.

March 09, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


More than one apology warranted

My, my, isn't Rush Limbaugh getting contrite now that his advertisers are abandoning him?

March 09, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Breitbart’s culture war ends

Speak no ill of the dead. So goes a saying from ancient Greece. I must beg for an exception in the case of the late Andrew Breitbart. Like Donald Trump, Breitbart had his sweet and gentle side, but that's not what made him interesting.

March 09, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Letter to Mitt

WASHINGTON -- Dear Mitt: Consider me a neighbor leaning over the picket fence. You have a picket fence, don't you? An ivy-covered wall? Fine, I'll get a ladder.

March 09, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


'Heartbeat' of journalism

Localism is trending today in the realms of food and finance. The institution of the local community newspaper is also popular, but it wasn't blogged into being - it was born long before videos started going viral. Major-metropolitan newspapers may be a slowly dying breed, but community newspapers prove that American journalism is alive, well and living in the rural areas, small towns and suburbs of our land.

March 09, 2012 | Bradley J. Furnish Access Advertising LLC | Columns


Rush the uniter

WASHINGTON -- Who'd have thought that Rush Limbaugh would become the great uniter in this divisive political season?

March 07, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A hiding place

Life often becomes so hectic that an individual would like to hide. Walt Disney's movie gave a hint with the lyrics "Everybody needs a laughing place to go, ho, ho." If someone can have a laughing place, he certainly needs a hiding place when no laughter exists. Such a place is possible. All an individual needs is the ability to leave his body while still standing in line or facing a tirade of some sort. Of course, the individual must be able to reenter reality and have some gist of what has occurred there. I have long had a ...

March 07, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cooler heads heading home

Add Olympia Snowe's name to the list of senators exiting Washington D.C., in 2012. The moderate senator from Maine announced last Tuesday that she will not be seeking re-election to the Senate where she has served for nearly two decades.

March 07, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | 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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