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Blue Transition

Six weeks have passed since my oldest son walked through our back door. The mere mention of this makes the stretch seem even longer. Of course, aside from a normal dose of missing their brother, for his siblings, this time represents six weeks of more slices of pizza at dinner, shorter waits for the bathroom, and total control of the TV remote. For me, it suggests more intangibles. It is the void, the missing place setting at our table, and the one less body charging down the stairs for breakfast like a horse running for open country.

October 05, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


We’re not really getting smarter

Research tells us Americans are getting smarter as time goes by.

October 05, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


G-L-O-R-I-A

WASHINGTON -- Gloria Steinem is unmistakable.

October 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ryder finish gives glimpse of 2013 tour

The European's triumph during the final round of the Ryder Cup Sunday may provide a preview of things to come on the PGA Tour.

October 03, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A visit with Coota Montgomery

That morning, a piano tune from boyhood days echoed down the halls of Pinedale, a senior citizens care facility located near Camden. As we drew abreast of the piano player's room, there sat Neva Shannon ("Coota") Montgomery with her near 100-year-old, yet nimble fingers "tickling the ivories" into the song "Jesus Loves Me."

October 01, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


A mouse tale of not so epic proportions

If there's one thing I have an unnatural fear of, it's insects of both the crawling and flying variety. I've known that about myself since I was at least 12 years old when a huge bumblebee landed on my head. Not knowing what it was, I reached up and grabbed it only for it to -- naturally -- sting me. Luckily, I'm not allergic, but, boy!, did it hurt. Why that translated to a fear of crawling insects, I'm not sure except that I remember a giant millipede (or something like that) crawling up my bedroom wall ...

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Emergency rooms aren’t free

Amidst a necessary, but life-threatening, debate on the future of health care for millions of Americans, presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed why it's OK that almost 50 million Americans are uninsured. Romney said in an interview with a TV broadcast news program that people who are uninsured are "care(d) for" with the help of America's emergency room services:

September 28, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Time to take a ‘joyology’ test

You might not be finding much to laugh about these days.

September 28, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Dail Dinwiddie: Once upon a disappearance

WASHINGTON -- I've written variations of this column a couple of times during the past 20 years, but certain occasions bear revisiting -- and surely the disappearance of a friend is one.

September 28, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Arbor Day: a 25-year local celebration

With the official start of autumn last week and the holidays soon upon us, my thoughts turn to a truly unique American holiday. No, not Thanksgiving but Arbor Day. Perhaps you may recall celebrating Arbor Day in elementary school, perhaps you remember hearing John Denver singing "Trees for Your Tomorrow" on television or radio on behalf of the National Arbor Day Foundation or perhaps you've seen an article about it in The Chronicle Independent with a photo of people standing around a newly planted tree.

September 28, 2012 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mitt in Fantasyland

WASHINGTON -- In Mitt Romney's Fantasyland version of the American Dream, all it takes to succeed in this country is determination and hard work. Government merely needs to get out of the way, roust the Entitlement Society slackers, and let the Opportunity Society strivers go for it.

September 26, 2012 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A football legend off the field

Last summer, then-68-year-old Steve Sabol told his doctors that he needed to stay alive at least until August. That way, although battling a brain tumor, he could see his father, Ed, enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He made it, but unfortunately Steve's fight with cancer came to an end last Tuesday in his hometown of Moorestown, N.J.

September 26, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Clinton’s secret: make little words matter

Bubba is back. As a word man, I was most impressed at the Democratic National Convention by Bill Clinton's skillful speech, much of it ad-libbed.

September 24, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Cyborg Mitt

WASHINGTON -- What's a day without a leaked video, a scandal, an unintended sliver of truth?

September 24, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Romney’s already lost the election

Mitt Romney blew his chance at becoming the next president of the United States. Actually, he lost the election back in May, we just didn't know it at the time. No one did. We didn't know until last week when Mother Jones magazine published the contents of a secret video of Romney talking during a private fund-raiser about how he doesn't need to worry about 47 percent of the American people.

September 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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The bad rep of for-profit colleges

For-profit colleges can't get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too.

October 01, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Sweet Home Oklahoma

I have always heard that home is where the heart is -- not always worded in that exact way, but it is definitely what was meant.

October 01, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


S.C. won’t be the next Ferguson

It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide -- a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen.

October 01, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why loyalty matters

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


We should all be feminists

I couldn't be prouder of "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson if she were my own daughter.

September 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


From the mailbag

• My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County tells me that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Palestine.

September 26, 2014 | | Columns


Cry, you’re on hidden camera

WASHINGTON -- Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

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


The future is bright

I really like Camden and Kershaw County. In the nine months I've lived and worked here I've met some wonderful friends, acquaintances, news sources and coworkers. Those who have lived here all their lives may not realize what a jewel they have here. I have lived and worked in several places over the years and I know the difference.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Ten at the Top

This week more than 800 movers and shakers from 10 Upstate counties gathered in Greenville. It was an amazing event because of (1) what they said, (2) what they did not say and (3) what it means for the rest of the state.

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