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Photo-oping salvation

WASHINGTON -- This week's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

March 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A map never hurt anyone

In this changing world, I occasionally find myself looking for the things that last. What I mean is, basically everything from the way we do business to entertainment to communication has been revolutionized over the past 20 to 30 years with the advent of computers and the Internet. Computers are awesome, but there are times you just need a person rather than a machine to help you out.

March 26, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Finland: the best schools in the world

We hear lots of talk, especially around election time, about improving schools in South Carolina. What we don't hear much about is what a truly world class school would look like, or how we would go about creating such a thing.

March 26, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


An award and an honorable mention

I was absolutely thrilled Saturday with the C-I's win of the Reid Montgomery FOI award from the S.C. Press Association. It was a real surprise. A good number of papers in this state spend a lot of their time on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and open government issues. Some of them file FOIA requests right and left. Some papers' stories end up setting legal precedents.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Lives in common

The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled. "My husband said to buy whatever I wanted."

March 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Camden’s Robert Mills jail

When you are researching Robert Mills, South Carolina's first superintendent of public buildings, you inevitably end up trekking off to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the repository for South Carolina's historical state documents. We have an "inside track" there. One of our staff members, Sarah Murray, is married to Robert Murray, a long-time state archives employee. As a prelude to some of our research trips there, we ask Robert to scope out our prospects when the on-line database at the state archives does not yield what we are looking for. Sure enough, Robert found that ...

March 21, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Being Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON -- "Once an agent, always an agent."

March 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


This is not Mayberry

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. They especially know it if my cell phone happens to ring, as my ringtone is the song "The Fishing Hole," more commonly known as The Andy Griffith Show theme song. When it goes off, how can you not picture Andy and Opie coming down the dirt road with their fishing poles?

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Little chance of corporate reform

Conservatives are mightily concerned -- rightly so -- about runaway entitlement spending in this country. Various social programs enacted since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society began in the mid-1960s are at a boiling point.

March 21, 2014 | | Columns


A very big deal: S.C. ranked seventh in digital learning

No, this is not a typo or misprint. No, we did not leave out a number, and South Carolina is not 27th, or 37th or 47th. We are indeed tied for the seventh spot in the country in overall online leaning. Amazing -- but true.

March 19, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Shakespeare speaks the truth

One of my favorite poems of all time is William Shakespeare's "That time of year thou may'st in me behold." It's one of Shakespeare's famous sonnets, one I studied in high school, undergraduate and graduate school. I've always loved it because it's not your typical love poem. It begins, "That time of year thou may'st in me behold/When yellow leaves, or none or few, do hang/Upon those boughs which shake against the cold."

March 19, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Noah’s ark of triumph

WASHINGTON -- There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie.

March 19, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Time to spread some Sunshine again

"Open government is neither a Democratic or Republican issue. It is an American value that we all must uphold." --Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), March 11, 2014, chairing this year's annual Judiciary Committee hearing on government transparency.

March 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The S.C. state superintendent of education

In South Carolina, the State Superintendent of Education's position is an elected office. I suspect having to raise megabucks and participate in South Carolina's hardball politics prevents a lot of very qualified people from running.

March 17, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Looking to help

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment but still Rodney keeps trying.

March 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Column: Time -o- the year, again...

A few years back, I was in my kitchen making coffee, the better to clear some cobwebs out of my head, when I heard this ...

October 16, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Neva’s peace and joy

There was a woman and her husband I loved most of my life. Many people loved them because they were merry, kind and loving to ...

October 16, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: How important are state assessments?

Tests and school go hand-in-hand, but that is not necessarily bad. Let me shed some light on why I think state assessments are important.

October 16, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: National Newspaper Week 2018

This week, Oct. 7-13, is National Newspaper Week, the 78th such observance. This year's slogan is "Now More Than Ever," coming on the heels ...

October 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Nikki Haley’s comet has a long tale

WASHINGTON -- Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether ...

October 12, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Cheerful giving

Arriving with autumn are falling leaves, playful spirits and a sense of cheerful giving. Each brings familiar feelings that surface each year during this beautiful ...

October 12, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: CMA’s international presence

How do students from China and Russia find out about Camden Military Academy? Why do they choose a small boarding school in South Carolina? These ...

October 12, 2018 | By Casey Robinson, CMA admissions director C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: What is Food For the Soul?

Every community has a population of homeless individuals and Kershaw County is no exception. Unemployment, poor mental or physical health, drug or alcohol addiction, domestic ...

October 09, 2018 | Michelle Hinson Food for the Soul board member | Columns


Column: TV leeches prey on elderly

Miss Opal Puckett is 90 years old. She lives with her daughter, on a limited income.

October 09, 2018 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Column: Of war and superstition

Every family has superstitions. Bill Beck's was that every time you saw a white horse he licked two fingers and slapped his palm. This ...

October 09, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Probes of destruction

As we continue examining Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's high school and college life, it has been easy to forget what this was originally ...

October 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Kavanaugh not suited for court

I wrote this Wednesday, and updated it Friday, just as a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) inquiry into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett ...

October 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Heart patient knows miracle

My own heart surgery is two and a half years behind me now, but I never will forget my emotions after being told my aortic ...

October 09, 2018 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Column: The bi-vocational preacher

In the months before we married, I sought to show Tink the Southern mountains of my raising. On a colorful autumn afternoon, I was driving ...

October 09, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Time of the year, again

Anyone who knows me knows just how much I enjoy invasive contacts.

October 09, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


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