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What's so bad about civility?

Just as it sometimes takes a scandal to engage Americans in a national conversation about sex, race or some other touchy topic, it sadly has taken a deranged gunman to launch us into a national argument about civility.

January 17, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Proposed legislation impacting K-12 education

The beginning of a new year brings the start of many activities, including the opening of the 2011 session of the South Carolina General Assembly. Obviously, our legislators face more than even the usual level of challenges because of the $1 billion budget shortfall and the redrawing of legislative districts that will be done as a result of the 2010 census. As part of their deliberations, legislators will tackle a variety of issues related to K-12 education. I had an interesting time over the holidays reading the bills that were prefiled in December. Following are some proposed laws impacting K-12 ...

January 17, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What is enough?

WASHINGTON -- "High Capacity Magazines ... When ten rounds isn't enough," the Internet site offers.

January 14, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Living with a bad case of puppy love

Is it possible to love your pet too much?

January 14, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Westerns still have their fans

I'm not much of a movie-goer -- maybe one a year, or two at the most.

January 14, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Cooperation

My first Saturday night in office started at 8:00PM in the training room at the Sheriff's Office. I joined Sheriff's Deputies, Camden Police Officers, a couple of 16-year-old minors and two of my captains for a briefing by a Sheriff's Office investigator. He briefed everyone on our operations for the night. We were going to target stores in Kershaw County that could legally sell beer just to see if they would sell to these minors who were working "undercover" for us. Later that night SLED agents would join us as we also targeted Kershaw County bars ...

January 14, 2011 | Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Huck Finn stirs trouble again

Making good on a campaign promise, the Republican-dominated 112th House of Representatives opened with a reading of the Constitution. But they copped out of reading some of the most thought-provoking parts.

January 14, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Better read than dead?

NEW YORK -- While sorting through the perennial lip-pursing tempest about a certain word in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" -- the "N-word," as we now say it -- I turned for inspiration to the master himself.

January 12, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Camping out

"You want to do what?" I said.

January 10, 2011 | Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


New year, new budget

Something I didn't do very well in 2010 was managing my family's personal finances.

January 10, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Boomers, embrace your inner grouch

We baby boomers begin to turn 65 this year, which gives us a new excuse to be grumpy.

January 10, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Is there a vaccine for that?

Good morning, and please step into my office. I'm Dr. Tucker.

January 07, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Good teen pals equal good politics

Of all the scientific studies that came out this past year, the most intriguing to me confirms an old theory: Adult politics are really an extension of which clique you joined in high school.

January 07, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Out with resolutions, in with bucket list

I refuse to make a New Year's Resolution this year.

January 07, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Crushing the winds

In part two, I continue to recount my trek through Wyoming's Wind River Range. If you didn't catch part one, I will briefly get you up to speed: This past August, while looking to recharge mental strength and energy, I connected with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and its Rocky Mountain Light and Fast Backpacking Course. Our team, eight students and two instructors, hiked 140 miles in 13 days through the remote Wind River Range as we learned lightweight techniques like cooking one-pot meals, staying warm and dry with minimal gear, and honing backpacking skills including navigation ...

January 07, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Meet Steve Schmitt

We spread Steve last week.

September 19, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Many life milestones are out of millennials’ reach

WASHINGTON -- We want to move out. We want to own our home. We want to marry. We want to work.

September 19, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Musings from a Cardinals, Cowboys, Chiefs, Rams, Panthers, Dolphins and Gamecocks fan

It sure has felt good to have some cooler days lately. After a long, hot summer, it's nice to know the more pleasant breeze of a pre-autumn day. I have heard many people say similar things in the past week or two, and then there's usually also a follow-up comment about how it won't be long until we're complaining about how cold it is or there's snow and ice on the roads. All true.

September 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Give me air!!

Hot, hot, hot! We're on the second day of 99 degrees-plus-the-heat-index weather. I'm on my wide front porch on the shady side of the house with a woven Palmetto frond fan in my hand. Back and forth, waving steadily. It helps a little -- fanning my sweat glistened cheeks and neck. The ladies a century ago would have said they were "glowing." They used these fans too -- in fact my older friend bought dozens of them for her daughter's summer wedding at Salem Black River Presbyterian years ago -- before they put in air conditioning. She gave me this ...

September 19, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Driving therapy

Music has the power to influence. It has the power to evoke deep thoughts, which ultimately lead to a flow of emotions and feelings. Driving paired with music seems to increase that flow of emotions. Maybe it is the sometimes calm rhythmic movement that the steady turn of the wheels creates that appeal to the mind and body. I make a 45 to 50 minute drive to and from work five days a week, so I get plenty of time to daydream, think and devise plans of action for any situation that is heavy on my mind. No one is ...

September 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


More on S.C. snakes

Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...

September 17, 2014 | Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

September 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


What the president said

Last week, I called for going after ISIL (or ISIS or IS, the Islamic State as it wants to call itself now), in full force. Admittedly, I wasn't very specific about that. Some may have thought I meant "boots on the ground," as opposed to only the air strikes the U.S. has already participated in.

September 15, 2014 | | Columns


Pretending to eat Southern

When business called Tink back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Marilyn’s place:

Around this time of year I get the hankering to head for the hills -- the North Carolina mountains, actually -- and this year the itch is coming on pretty heavily.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Tatum Summerville Journal Scene reporter | Columns


The one fight to have before your wedding

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.

September 03, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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