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Restructuring efforts moving in the House

Accomplishing more with less is a critical challenge facing the state in 2011. In order to help meet this challenge, lawmakers are considering a variety of government restructuring proposals. Restructuring government is a positive investment in the future of South Carolina.

February 21, 2011 | State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Regretting the errors with a smile

Today, you'll find a correction and clarification to a story I wrote recently about a pair of neighboring home invasions.

February 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A star blogger's hard-learned lessons

If a courtroom trial is a contest between dueling narratives, Shirley Sherrod's lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart reads like Little Nell taking on Snidely Whiplash.

February 21, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The leadership vacuum

WASHINGTON -- Failure of political leadership knows no party. The past few days have offered an unfortunate demonstration of this sad maxim: House Speaker John Boehner ducking his appropriate role in countering the belief that President Obama is a Muslim, and the president himself, once again ducking a leadership role in dealing with the nation's fiscal crisis.

February 18, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mandela's lesson for Egypt

Egypt's latest pharaoh has surrendered his crown.

February 18, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A veteran's story

The grizzled veteran Marine pilot from Cassatt watched as Chinese fishing boat crews fought fiercely with their 18- to 20-foot oars for position to be first in line in order to save the airplane crew which had gone down in the South China Sea. The fishing boat which brought in the U.S. crew received a financial reward. Those who finished second wasted a lot of time and effort.

February 18, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


All facts, no feelings

If you're a fan of the television quiz show "Jeopardy!" you probably already know that a computer named Watson waxed superstar champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a three-game competition that ended Wednesday night.

February 18, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


First, they were people like you and me

If someone would have told me 15 years ago that Michael Jordan didn't make the varsity basketball team when he was in high school, I probably would have fallen out of my chair in disbelief.

February 18, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Take a step in history today

There have been many important days in Camden's history, and today will be another one.

February 16, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tanks vs. Twitter

NEW YORK -- It is hard to think largely about the sweep of events when one is reacting instantaneously to breaking ... tweets.

February 16, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Hoping things turn out right in Middle East

Events in the Middle East, especially Egypt, were so fluid Thursday and Friday that I could barely keep up. As a result, what you're reading today is the fourth version of this column.

February 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


How business can do business with Obama

Even for a speaker as famously gifted as President Barack Obama, business executives are a tough crowd.

February 14, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Fixing a dysfunctional tax structure

When people talk about the tax structure in South Carolina, "dysfunctional" is the word most often used to describe it. This is especially true in terms of the way in which K-12 education is funded in our state. The revenue structure used to fund K-12 education is a morass of provisos, special legislation and conflicting statutes. It is complicated, confusing and arbitrary; it just doesn't work. (A metaphor related to duct tape comes to mind when I think about it.) The overdependence on the sales tax for school funding, caused by Act 388, has worsened the impact of the ...

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


Back row view to state government's spending problems

We sit on the back row of the state senate with a fairly good view of the good, the bad, and the ugly in our state's government. One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. But more important than party affiliation is a commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That's why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies. Deficit spending by South Carolina's government is just wrong, and business as usual just doesn ...

February 11, 2011 | | Columns


Happy in the Palmetto State

Those of us who are lucky enough to live in South Carolina are accustomed to reading all those quality-of-life surveys that usually place us among the dregs of society.

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


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The hand that rocks the ballot box

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women -- the so-called "Beyoncé voter" demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered.

July 23, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


S.C., immigration and ‘Us vs. Them’

First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment but a simple geo-political fact.

July 23, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Impeaching the president

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.

July 18, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The real meaning of ‘freedom of speech’

With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘Not Just Guns:’ The Ross E. Beard Collection

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 11 a.m., the Ross E. Beard Collection became the property of the city of Camden, as Mr. Beard signed the paperwork at the Camden Archives and Museum. City officials, long-time friends of Mr. Beard and representatives from the Friends of the Archives and Museum looked on as City Attorney Lawrence Flynn, Mr. Beard, Ed Royall (his attorney) and Austin Sheheen (his accountant) processed the paperwork.

July 18, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tiny Tim

Isn't it odd how every once in awhile, something pops in your head that's been buried for a long time -- a distant memory that for some reason comes alive?

July 18, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Op-Ed: Supreme Court autopsy ruling trumps public accountability

For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.

July 18, 2014 | By Bill Rogers S.C. Press Association Executive Director | Columns


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