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The voucher scam

The beginning of the new session of the South Carolina General Assembly will undoubtedly bring renewed efforts to pass school voucher legislation. Like fire ant hills in the summer, some new version of voucher legislation pops up every year in Columbia. Proponents package it differently from year to year, but the basic premise when you strip away the slick marketing is that public funds would be used to support private schools.

January 21, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sad farewell to an Internet freedom fighter

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Aaron Swartz, who took his own life Friday at age 26.

January 18, 2013 | | Columns


Cornwell trial stranger than fiction

Few things are as juicy as a high-profile trial involving wealthy celebrities, millions of dollars and accusations of dastardly deeds.

January 18, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Looking at the ‘nones’

National Public Radio (NPR) recently reported that a growing number of American citizens are losing their religion.

January 18, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Guns without roses

WASHINGTON -- Unlike many who recently have joined the debate about gun rights, I have a long history with guns, which I proffer only in the interest of pre-empting the "elitist, liberal, swine, prostitute, blahblahblah" charge.

January 16, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Pro legacy will lure Saban from Alabama

If not for a late night splurge at a strip club, Nick Saban could have been a mere footnote in the history of college football.

January 16, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Echo Taps

I can still hear the sound. Though many years have passed and many memories have drifted along the ebb and flow of my consciousness, I can still hear the sound.

January 14, 2013 | By Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Changing channels

WASHINGTON -- No one forced me, but I finally decided it was time to discover what all the business was about Honey Boo Boo.

January 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The sound of (mostly) silence

Last April, I wrote an article called "Switching frequencies" about how local agencies were on track to meet federal emergency communication mandates. In short -- and this is a somewhat complex issue -- local agencies all across the country needed to meet "interoperability" and "narrowbanding" requirements by Dec. 31.

January 14, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Stop the virus of Chicago violence

For once, Chicago has beaten New York in a competition that the Windy City had no desire to win. Chicago ended 2012 with more homicides than the Big Apple. No cheers for that.

January 11, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Message board mania

It doesn't take a genius -- or even a dim-witted newspaper columnist -- to know that the practice of communicating in 2013 is nothing like it was a decade ago.

January 11, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The future of home economics

A friend of mine recently posted a piece from The American Conservative entitled "A Radical Defense of Home Economics" on Facebook. The article highlighted an essay called "Workingman's Bread" in New Inquiry by Christine Baumgarthuber on the "history and possible future of home economics classes."

January 11, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


El futuro habla espanol

WASHINGTON -- The new year has begun with an avalanche of Republican retrospectives: What went wrong? What must the GOP do?

January 09, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Despite setbacks, Nadal will remain first-rate

It's been more than six months since former world No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal has played competitively on the ATP tour, but tennis fans shouldn't be counting out the 26-year-old Spaniard in 2013.

January 09, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A hidden side to Honey Boo Boo

It was hardly surprising for Time magazine to choose President Barack Obama to be its "Person of the Year." But for a new face that represents the spirit of these times, I believe a serious argument can be made for Alana Thompson, better known to many as TLC's pint-sized reality-TV star, Honey Boo Boo.

January 07, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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Again, KershawHealth is year’s top story

After years of declaring a group or person of the year, I used this space a year ago to name KershawHealth the 2013 story of the year.

December 22, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Oh, Christmas tree

It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

December 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Felder: The tragedy of Bill Cosby

I threw away my Bill Cosby book a few days ago. It was funny, and it made me laugh but now because of who wrote it, it disgusts me. Perhaps that is petty, but I cannot read it or watch shows associated with Bill Cosby any longer.

December 22, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Columns


S.C. Noble: Republicans have an attitude problem

When I was a school boy, there was a kid down the street named Rodney who had an "attitude problem," or at least that's what the adults called it. To me and my friends, Rodney was just a jerk.

December 22, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tucker: It’s college football bowl season

We're now entering the most sacred season of the year, that time when men in Kershaw County bow their heads, reflect on their good fortune and ponder COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SEASON.

December 19, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: Congress knee-caps the IRS

WASHINGTON -- Get ready for your tax rates to go up.

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


Phillips: A Merry Christmas to all

I am a big believer in everyone's right to think and feel however they choose to. It's really what makes us all American and, to make it even broader, it's what makes us all human. If I don't happen to agree with your point of view, I still respect your right to have that point of view.

December 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Camden Archives and Museum celebrates its centennial

One hundred years ago, in 1915, 1314 Broad St. was a construction site. Excavators and bricklayers, carpenters and heating contractors were busy at their task of building Camden's first city library. It had been an arduous journey getting to that point. That journey began in 1914, as best we can reckon, at a lecture to the Kershaw County Teachers Institute. In all of the factors leading up to the acquisition and completion of the Camden Public Library there is one constant: Sarah "Sadie" Kennedy Von Tresckow.

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


Owens: Year in review

To say that 2014 has had its ups and downs would be an understatement. Honestly, I don't know what words or phrases I would use to describe how my 2014 played out. It wasn't the worst year ever, but it definitely wasn't the greatest.

December 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Noble: It all started with BBQ

Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of barbecue (BBQ). We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.

December 17, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Talk about a wildfire

WASHINGTON -- First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.

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


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