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Column: Optimism from Boys, Girls states

Each year, hundreds of South Carolina high schoolers get a close-up lesson in how government works as part of the Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State programs.

July 10, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: ‘Gotta serve somebody’

Bob Dylan's 1979 hit song, "Gotta Serve Somebody," is about a diverse group of people who have one simple truth in common. Here are the words to the chorus. "You're gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you're gonna have to serve somebody." Bob Dylan wrote this song during his "Christian gospel period," so it was an intentionally spiritual song. The song received mixed reviews, but was blasted by John Lennon who said, "No, you have to serve yourself."

July 10, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: KC and the state superintendent

Recently, the General Assembly placed on the ballot in November the question of the state superintendent of education ceasing to be elected by the people but becoming an appointed cabinet position under the governor. Some historical background on that office and its relationship to Kershaw County over time might be of value to county voters in deciding how to vote on this question.

July 10, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Column: 18 years and counting

Thursday marked my 18th anniversary with the C-I. I celebrated by doing what I usually do on Thursdays: polish up my latest article (in this case, my interview with new Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins); proofread some pages (including this one, so if you find any mistakes ... uh ... talk to the editor); and load up today's articles, columns, obituaries, etc., on the C-I's website.

July 06, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Grandma’s petunias

Vintage petunias. I had forgotten them, those flowers grandma loved. Surely I saw them in youth. As I sort through my mental album I think I recall them. Pale colors, pastel petals of white and pink, possibly lavender, and a delicate softness. Seems Grandmother Walker grew them on her porch, a wide, columned porch destined to burn. There, on that doomed veranda, they grew in pots, over-spilling, upside down, their blooms a bit like inverted antebellum skirts. In the flowers' throats, dark veins converged, a floral case of perspective.

July 06, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Message in a bottle

As I walked down the beach on this July 4th admiring all the spirited displays of American pride, my mind kept wandering to thoughts of our Founding Fathers. Looking down at the surf, I imagined seeing a glass bottle rolling in with the surf. Of course, this bottle contained a message, a note of sorts from George and friends. It would tell us the United States was not born in peace but in conflict. They would be speaking from their own experiences inside Independence Hall almost two and a half centuries ago where our Constitution was debated and, in 1788 ...

July 06, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Supreme hysteria

WASHINGTON -- If Chicken Little and Cassandra had a baby, they'd name him Jeffrey Toobin.

July 06, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: My July 4 reflections

I occasionally am accused of repeating myself, but, hey, some things bear repeating.

July 03, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Mama and the clothesline

As we all know, any large project will always have glitches. I learned this during my days of sports marketing and, thus, formed one of my enduring philosophies: No matter how well you plan, there is always somebody waiting to jump in and mess it up.

July 03, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Annapolis

On Friday, I felt ready to write about what happened in Annapolis, Md., the day before. I needed to wait at least 24 hours, in order to know as much as I could about the senseless murder of five people working at The Capitol Gazette in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday. Friday, though, I went on Facebook and posted a draft version of this column -- admitting that parts of it could have ended up being outdated almost as soon as I wrote it -- with the intention of publishing it as my column for this Friday.

July 03, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Fearing the worst

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It was far too easy to assume the worst -- that the inevitable, finally, had come to pass.

July 03, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Is your economy doing ‘very well’?

During the last two years, have you:

June 29, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Talledega Days

The sight of Exit 173 on I-20, between Anniston and Birmingham, always brings a smile to my face -- the kind of smile that is irrepressible and makes me feel good all over.

June 29, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Capturing and harvesting water

(A few years ago I came across an article and saved some of the information because the content is relevant and useful. Unfortuanately, I did not save the source, but I do know that it originated in the Lowcountry and wanted to provide full disclosure that even though I have edited and revised the information a good bit, it is based on the work of someone else.)

June 29, 2018 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: The Max vs. the Don

WASHINGTON -- If I were a cartoonist..., I would often say to my friend Doug Marlette, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who died 11 years ago. He'd listen patiently as I described my vision for his work, whereupon, he'd occasionally sometimes say, "Not bad."

June 29, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Column: Meeting Mr. Conroy

It was my senior year of high school and Pat Conroy was coming to town. Pat Conroy, for an aspiring Southern writer like me, is ...

October 30, 2018 | By Stuart Pennebaker C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Avenatti’s white man offense and red-hot lies

WASHINGTON -- At last, Democrats and Republicans have found common ground in hoping that Michael Avenatti, the wannabe progressive president, will soon disappear.

October 30, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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