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Black hopes, white anxiety

Race relations have undergone a curious flip-flop. Polls show that blacks feel more optimistic about the nation's future than whites do, despite the Great Recession that's giving everybody the blues.

June 17, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A defense of flip-floppery

NEW YORK -- Here we go all over again. Read my lips and bring 'em on. It's the economy, stupid. Gotcha!

June 15, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Huntsman may be hard-pressed to gain traction in S.C.

Potential presidential contender Jon Huntsman, known as a Harley Davidson enthusiast in his home state of Utah, may soon hit the road as an official candidate for the Republican Party, but he'll need more than a shiny motorcycle helmet and a leather jacket to electrify voters in South Carolina.

June 15, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Oh, doctor, it hurts when I do this...

Hello, my name is Jim and I'm a hypochondriac.

June 15, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What John Edwards already has lost

Hard cases made bad law, an old legal saying goes. So, I suppose, do sad cases. The sad case of John Edwards could lead to sadder law.

June 13, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Constitutional controversy

The General Assembly will be back at the Statehouse tomorrow to continue work on items that were included in the concurrent resolution extending the session. These items are the budget, gubernatorial vetoes, conference and free conference reports, redistricting, and appointments. This end-of-session resolution is called a Sine Die Resolution because it dictates how and when the General Assembly will conclude the session. To adjourn sine die means to adjourn for an indefinite period. So when we adjourn sine die, the General Assembly does not plan to meet – barring any emergencies – until the constitutionally mandated date of the second Tuesday in ...

June 13, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


DC Comics upends superhero universe

I haven't collected comic books since my late 20s. I was still working in radio at the time, not making much money, but spending most of it on a superhero habit I could no longer sustain.

June 13, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Arness TV's greatest western hero

Matt Dillon's dead, and the bad guys in the hereafter had better be watching their backs.

June 10, 2011 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Time has come for new rec center

For years, elected officials and residents have wished for an alternative to Rhame Arena, which has become a shell of what it once was. For years, we have envisioned an active, vibrant recreation center that can become a haven for our youth, an asset for our elderly and a shining light for our city. For years, we have heard much talk but seen little action.

June 10, 2011 | By Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Don't call me 'ma'am'

I'm getting old, which is a realization that hit me like a sack of bricks when my husband John and I went to the movies recently.

June 10, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


No excuses for reckless 'sexting'

An Australian demographer has found a malady that makes some middle-aged men think they are more attractive to women than they actually are.

June 10, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The danger in 140 characters

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell says that he'd own up if it were his. Jon Stewart says that he doesn't remember his old friend being quite all that!

June 08, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Writers Group | Columns


Online to be 2012 campaign battlefield

Presidential candidates had it easy in the pre-Internet age. Campaigns considered in the increasingly distant past didn't have to worry about Internet fundraising, emailing supporters, or trying to stay up to date and compete with their opponents online. They didn't even have to create a website, a move that every candidate must now do in order to win an election -- unless you're Alvin Greene running for a nomination in a South Carolina U.S. Senate campaign.

June 08, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Race to the Bottom

The state superintendent of education, Mick Zais, and Gov. Nikki Haley will not apply to the U.S. Department of Education for up to $50 million in federal Race to the Top funds allocated for South Carolina's public school system.

June 08, 2011 | Fred R. Sheheen C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The ramp

The C-130 was parked on the tarmac, her rear door open, yawning in the afternoon sun. The small, relatively quiet corner of the runway in which she was parked stood in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the surrounding airfield. The base, elsewhere, was alive with activity. This made perfect sense given that this was a warzone; schedules had to be kept, deadlines had to be met, missions had to be completed. Her crew had dispersed, but she remained, alone and waiting. The plane, a workhorse of her generation, had carried men and machine to theaters across the globe ...

June 06, 2011 | Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Nip and tuck? No thanks

Renee Zellweger turned up last week looking nothing like ... well, nothing like Renee Zellwegger.

October 31, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Every vote matters

First off, let me wish one and all a happy, safe and fun Halloween. I hope it brings you all that you hope for. But, that's not my main topic this week.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Lessons from Patient Zero

WASHINGTON -- Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

October 29, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The deepest hole

July 27 marked the beginning of the most stressful week of my life. It began with the surprising news of my aunt's passing, and on top of having to deal with that, I also had to get through my last week of two summer classes and do work for two other classes that would end the following week.

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Bradlee contributed to our democracy

Ben Bradlee became editor of The Washington Post the year I was born, 1965. He stepped down when I was 26, in 1991, the year after I moved to the Midlands of South Carolina.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

October 27, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Ebola fear and politics, from Bamberg to Bangkok

Ebola is scary. It has scared the bejesus out of us here in South Carolina, nationally and literally all over the world.

October 27, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why a hike in the gas tax is a terrible idea

The issue of road funding -- or, to put it slightly differently, the question of how South Carolina should fix its broken road system -- is now a constant topic in politics and the media. A fair number of state lawmakers have therefore begun to advocate what politicians always advocate when they don't want to make tough decisions about the budget: raising taxes, specifically the fuel tax.

October 27, 2014 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


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