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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


How long is a long good-bye?

Lately and more than once, that irritating detail known as "time" has saturated my mind in an especially tense and poignant manner. Tick –tock. Tick-tock. Shut off that annoying sound. Can time be disguised as sound? It can be for some. Perhaps it's the sound of an alarm clock at first light; or the sound of a bell when the school day is complete; or the sound of a buzzer when the game is over; or the sound of a flat line at the end of a life. Time can relate to sound, whether it's the sound we ...

March 04, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Music to make you smile

Music makes the world go 'round. A world without music is a world in which I wouldn't want to live.

March 02, 2011 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


The power of early education

One of the many priceless moments in the 1990 film "Kindergarten Cop" takes place when Detective John Kimble, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, tries to explain why he is a kindergarten teacher. To a teacher colleague, who is unaware he has entered the school in an undercover role, he explains, "I got tired of teaching teenagers because by the time they came to me I felt there wasn't much I could do with them. I realized that the real action is in kindergarten."

March 02, 2011 | John Moncure, Ph.D. Headmaster, Montessori School of Camden | Columns


Lifting the heavy thumb

WASHINGTON -- Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage.

March 02, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A crisis offers union-busting opportunity

If anything is clear in the labor clash that has brought Wisconsin government to a screeching halt it is how neither side has been all that clear about what the fight really is about.

February 28, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Councils' strategies are smart moves

Both Camden City and Kershaw County councils seem to be made up of people with good heads on their shoulders.

February 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The face(s) of Kershaw County public education

While sorting through the papers of a deceased friend of mine who wished them given to the South Caroliniana Library, I came across a 1970-71 annual of the Kershaw County Vocational Center. I soon visited Howard Branham, director of the Camden Archives and Museum, to see if they had a copy in their collection. They did not but in a few minutes Howard made a copy and added it to their collection.

February 28, 2011 | Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Doing multiculturalism right

Among their other headaches, some of Europe's biggest leaders are troubled by the lukewarm state of their countries' melting pots.

February 25, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


We need an energy solution ... fast

Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi is screaming bloody murder and vowing to be a martyr.

February 25, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


A personal recollection

As South Carolinians continue their celebration of Black History Month, I am today even more uplifted than ever by the profound contributions of African-Americans to the never-ending challenge to improve our communities, our state and our nation.

February 25, 2011 | Fred R. Sheheen Camden | Columns


County sets efficiency, prosperity as targets

The 2011 Kershaw County Council is off to a quick start. First, we were faced with the resignation of the county administrator. Fortunately, Frank Broom, a seasoned county and city administrator, stepped forward. The Council unanimously voted for Mr. Broom to become the interim county administrator. Mr. Broom has wasted no time in demonstrating his exceptional leadership skills in the public arena. Many lingering issues were immediately resolved and many new initiatives were suggested.

February 25, 2011 | Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Thumb-twiddling no option

WASHINGTON -- Procrastination is rarely a cost-free strategy. That is true when it comes to fixing Social Security -- as much as the Obama administration and, even more forcefully, its allies on the left may wish to believe otherwise. Their "what's the big rush?" message goes like this: The retirement program isn't really contributing to deficits in the short run. Indeed, its finances are healthy enough so that it can continue paying all promised benefits for more than two decades, until 2037. Even then, if absolutely nothing is done, Social Security would be able to pay about 75 percent of ...

February 23, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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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


Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

October 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Grilling steaks, frying turkeys

It's said that Bear Bryant, the legendary football coach at Alabama, once remarked, "Every man thinks he knows how to do two things perfectly: grill a steak and coach a football team."

October 24, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Aging leaves and Autumn color

Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse Southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of a tree's life cycle is autumn color.

October 24, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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