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Pedophiles and polar bears, oh my!

WASHINGTON -- Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn't do what he's alleged to have done, which might give the U.S. Senate another Democratic vote.

November 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Celebrating our accomplishments

Autumn's crisp air and bright colors encourage us to venture out and enjoy our exquisite hometown. This delightful time of the year inspires us to reflect upon our many accomplishments and to envision a future with limitless potential. This is a time when our great nation pauses to remember the valor of our beloved veterans and when we count our blessings, embracing a thanksgiving state of mind. It is indeed a beautiful time of year!

November 14, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 14, 2017

NASCAR's playoffs -- which I'm still stubbornly calling the Chase just because I think it's a better name -- are nearly finished, and I'm not feeling so great.

November 14, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Election 2017 a better reflection

There were no votes to be cast Tuesday here in Kershaw County, S.C. Nonetheless, looking at the outcome of Election 2017 across the country affords everyone -- including those of us here at home -- a chance to gauge the direction America is taking.

November 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Charlie, the patriot

It was on the eve of our national election that I ran upstairs to file a couple of things in my office. As I started to leave, a large storage box caught my eye. I had not noticed it before. I opened it and discovered that Charlie Tinker was wanting to talk again.

November 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


One year ago

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016.

November 10, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The landscape of the soul

"The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due." - Winston Churchill, 1938

November 10, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Some gave all

Veterans Day is Saturday and no doubt there will be a number of opportunities to commemorate that special day this week.

November 07, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A quarter century of Clintons

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-five years ago on Nov. 3, 1992, William Jefferson Clinton was elected president of the United States -- and Hillary Clinton is still trying to take his place.

November 07, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 7, 2017

There's a giant billboard currently on display at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) proclaiming that "Chase Elliott is the People's Champion."

November 07, 2017 | | Columns


Six seconds to live

What we didn't know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

November 07, 2017 | John F. Kelly C-I guest columnist | Columns


The Little Red-Haired Girl lives in Boston

She didn't know before I wrote this, but there's a woman in Boston who I've long thought of as my Little Red-Haired Girl. (My mother nicknamed me Charlie Brown for a while, so...)

November 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Can we do it again?

Several years ago, I struck up a friendship with a reader named LaTrelle. It began because she was on the mailing list of my weekly newsletter so she'd often reply with her thoughts and comments on what I had written.

November 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


We will never forget

Regardless of the small percentage called to serve and protect our nation, it is probably reasonable to assume that most of us know someone who has served or is serving in our military, whether the service member is part of our family, our neighborhood, our circle of friends. Because Veterans Day this year falls on a Saturday, the national holiday will be observed on November 10, a week from today.

November 03, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


How politically correct can you be?

In my continuing quest to be politically correct, I've been trying to decide what sort of American I am.

November 03, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


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Column: ‘…or of the press…’

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ...

January 19, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Buckley, Trump and immigration

CAMDEN, S.C. - While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip ...

January 19, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The EOC agenda

Last year, I wrote a column about the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) and why this superfluous group needs to be fundamentally reformed, or even better ...

January 19, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Duncan and Mary 'Found in collection'

Museums and archives have coined a term for those unexplainable objects or documents they inevitably have in their care. They are labeled "Found in Collection ...

January 19, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Darwin is calling

As if I needed yet more proof that the idiocracy is here, now and firmly established as the new normal in our society and our ...

January 16, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Gratitude in 2018

Hello 2018! A new year is upon us, and I am so excited about all the great things in store for our beautiful city! I ...

January 16, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


I couldn’t come up with anything, so…

(Remember "Noted and passed"? Let's go back six whole years to Jan. 9, 2012, when I had a little trouble -- like I am this ...

January 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Cooking in Connecticut

It is well known, by this point, that I married a Yankee from Connecticut. One who never knew the joy of comfort foods until he ...

January 12, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Sully’s purpose

Why do certain life events grab hold of our heartstrings so tight as though they'll never let go and others just pass right by ...

January 12, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cornbread and Carolina Gold

Granted that most cultural mythologies embody truths or would-be truths, studies of the South nevertheless reveal it to be a more complex, more fluid, more ...

January 12, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘Richard dances with the angels’

It was one of the more cryptic messages I've ever received.

January 09, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Like a child

WASHINGTON - I'm almost beginning to feel sorry for him.

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


CMA’s 2018 looks bright

How was your 2017? Did you keep your new year's resolutions? Did you exceed the goals that you set for yourself?

January 09, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Timely financial reporting is vital

Each October, many state agencies -- including public colleges and universities -- are required to submit to me their financial statements for the previous fiscal year. I ...

January 09, 2018 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


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