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Recalling all mavericks

WASHINGTON -- As congressional leaders depart the nation's capital for a much-deserved five-week break, it is with a sense of relief and pride in accomplishment: a grand bargain budget that ends sequestration and makes rational spending cuts, a sane immigration reform package, and progress on a cost-cutting health care plan.

August 07, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Dr. William Blanding’s ‘treasure’ map

Dr. Blanding wrote "This gold mine is on the land of Mrs. Kirkley on the east side of Big Lynches Creek-two miles from the Brewer Gold Mine. In 1830 some gold was found in a branch which in a short distance passes into Big L.[ynches] C.[reek]. Soon after this discovery it was found on a sand hill nearby. Some detached pieces, from 1 to 5 pie[ces] were found-others attached to the fragments of quartz.

August 05, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Weiner’s Schnitzel

WASHINGTON -- Would that Anthony Weiner were old news.

August 05, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Artificial intelligence, artificial life?

Some of the most fascinating stories in science fiction center around artificial intelligence, or AI. One of the most famous examples is Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, who also fulfilled the Pinocchio trope of being an android who wanted to be more human.

August 05, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Is tax-free weekend worth it?

Tax-free weekend, another bizarre, but popular shopping weekend, is among us.

August 02, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Give Obamacare a chance

Why are congressional Republicans so determined to repeal Obamacare? They're terrified that, once Americans have it, they might want to keep it.

August 02, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Rev up your Harley trike

A few years ago we talked about a trend I had noticed which was almost startling -- baby boomers riding the country's highways on tricycles.

August 02, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Coziness befits this town

WASHINGTON -- I'll probably regret this, but here goes: I write today in defense of coziness. My text is Mark Leibovich's "This Town," his delicious indictment of inside-the-Beltway incestuousness in its various manifestations.

July 31, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Less than 5 percent chance for the American Dream in SC

The American Dream is very simple. It is the foundation of our country and our state. It is not written into the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution; no Congress or legislature ever passed laws to make it official.

July 31, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A ‘small’ paper’s look into corruption

As a community newspaper editor, I'm always on the lookout for stories about papers like the C-I either doing stories you wouldn't expect from "small" publications or that are thriving in some way.

July 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Celebrating Parents’ Day

Yesterday, Sunday, July 28 was Parents' Day! Designated by Congress in 1994, the fourth Sunday of July is the day each year that we celebrate parents in the United States. Parents are very important to our future because they are the ones raising our next generation of leaders. Here in South Carolina and across the globe, parents are working hard to be sure their children have a healthy start in life and access to all the early learning experiences their children need to thrive in school and in life.

July 29, 2013 | By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A wife’s deja vu moment

WASHINGTON -- She had the ghastly, frozen look of a prisoner in a hostage video.

July 29, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Friendships

My friendships have always been important to me, but as I get older and can see how easily relationships can fade, they've become even more of a priority.

July 26, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


I’m George the VII, I am

Once the United Kingdom had a new royal heir, Brits were all atwitter to see what Prince William and Princess Kate were going to name the little fellow -- little being a relative term, as he weighed about 8 and 1/2 pounds.

July 26, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Moment of Nature - July 26, 2013

I do not consider myself an alarmist nor do I normally get overly excited about things, but there is definitely cause for concern regarding a recent find in town. In late May, I performed a residential tree check in the Kendall Lake area. As a general rule, I do my best not only to look at the tree of concern but also to walk the property to make sure other trees are OK as well. In doing so at this particular property, one tree caught my eye. Then I saw another and another and another. My first thought was, "Uh-oh ...

July 26, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Once a sinner...

Why is it that even now, as a middle aged adult, I have a difficult time keeping a straight face in church?

January 17, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Hosea, can you see?

WASHINGTON -- Republicans can argue until their last breath that Trump objectors are sore losers, but isn't more at stake than "mere politics"? This phrase ...

January 17, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Celebrate MLK for the right reasons

When I was in elementary school, I used to love MLK Day. Not for the shallow reason that we had the day off, but for ...

January 13, 2017 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


Dylann Roof's last act

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city's federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the ...

January 13, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Talking about the weather...

Wow – I thought I lived in South Carolina, not South Dakota.

January 10, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


President-elect Trumpschenko

WASHINGTON -- First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack ...

January 10, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Loner/loser syndrome

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- As convicted murderer Dylann Roof prepares to defend himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives ...

January 06, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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