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GOP reboot: A ‘Grand Open Party?’

Will Republican leaders listen to a bruising new internal report that calls for more minority outreach? First, they have to convince their party's right-wingers to avoid making younger and non-white voters feel about as welcome as a cheeseburger at a vegan buffet.

March 22, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Why the sequester was so important

The recent experience with the "sequester" in Washington, D.C., revealed in many ways what is wrong with Washington. But it also contains a silver lining that I hope bodes well for the future.

March 20, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Does drinking coffee make you a grownup?

Recently, I've had to go through some big adjustments due to the fact that I now have a "grown up job." I was kind of under the impression that once I landed one of those I would start to feel, you know, like an actual adult. And I mean I guess I do in the sense that I have deadlines and more responsibilities and a paycheck but other than that… no, not really. It's been a hard adjustment, to be honest. Having to wake up while it's still dark outside, going to bed while it's ...

March 20, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Silent on rape no more

WASHINGTON -- Mariska Hargitay, better known as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Detective Olivia Benson, is the human intersection of life and art.

March 20, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Media myopia in Rome

WASHINGTON -- All things considered, I'd rather be in Rome. Isn't everyone?

March 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Thirty years of personal computing

Technically speaking, the personal computer -- usually referred to as a desktop computer -- was born as a programmable calculator in 1965, the year of my birth. During the 1970s, Hewlett Packard introduced a BASIC computer that could fit on a desk. It included a keyboard, small one-line display and a printer. The Xerox Alto, that (according to Wikipedia) inspired the Apple Macintosh, came along in 1973. IBM had a small CRT display computer two years later.

March 18, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


School Facilities -- Moving on to Phase II

Phase I

March 18, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Military Monday - March 18, 2013

In an old family bible that my brother owns, there is a story of how our great-great-grandfather escaped from a Union prison. He was a Confederate soldier, captured and sent to a prison in Illinois. He somehow escaped, stole an Indian canoe and floated down the Mississippi River to an area between Arkansas and Mississippi. He got out on the Arkansas side and tried to swim across and nearly drowned. He was finally able to cross the river with the help of some others and walked to Baird, Miss.

March 18, 2013 | By LTC John Baird C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Freedom to make stupid decisions

Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world.

March 15, 2013 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Holding back on scathing emails

Many years ago, I adopted the "wait till the next day" philosophy regarding letters I wrote to people which were penned in -- how shall we put this? -- the heat of battle.

March 15, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Voices across the decades

On the afternoon of February 15, 2013, the famed Beard Collection began to arrive at the Camden Archives and Museum. On March 5, the last large load arrived around 1 p.m. and the archives was a beehive of activity, with police and firemen carrying collection items in from trucks, cars and vans. As our new curator of collections, Rickie Good, and I checked items in, Mr. Beard told stories and related anecdotes about each one while it was being photographed by the police camera man. This significant collection represents many voices through the years it spans -- from 1514 to ...

March 15, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Craft beer takes you to the high end

I think it's safe to say that I'm on my way to beer snob-dom.

March 15, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Fruitful fire

When I was young, I remember arriving home to find Mom's face was awash with concern and intent. She told me there was a fire down in the pinewoods below the neighborhood. We were evacuating. I remember feeling intrigued by it all. The seriousness never set in until some of my closest friends lost their homes to the flames.

March 13, 2013 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Optical illusions

WASHINGTON -- The media love optics and no one understands this better than President Obama.

March 13, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The trouble with stoplights

There is something that has been bothering me lately. And no, I'm not referring to the fact that there will never again be a new episode of 30 Rock (RIP Liz Lemon) or the fact that the writers of Downton Abbey (SPOILER ALERT) decided to kill off two of the most likable characters on the show in particularly gruesome fashions. My beef is with something that we are servants to almost every single day of our lives -- stoplights.

March 13, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


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Parker: Wife of the party

WASHINGTON -- The life of the wife of a presidential candidate can sometimes be like the government. Taxing.

May 06, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: The world keeps turning

If I were a bit more of a religious man, I might be seriously worrying about the end of the world here.

May 06, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cahn: What now, Baltimore?

Six Baltimore, Md., police officers are facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American resident who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury while being arrested April 12.

May 04, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Historical Society Column - May 4, 2015

When the 15th and 17th Corps of Sherman's Army entered Kershaw District on February 23, 1865, at Peay's Ferry on the Wateree River west of Liberty Hill, then crossed the district in three days, and were poised to exit it on Lynches River at Young's Bridge, Tillers Ferry and Kelly's Bridge, locally the war was all but over.

May 04, 2015 | | Columns


Rich: Tink and the chainsaw

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get him out of my hair.

May 04, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: The raw boys of summer

Baseball and cursing have been a pair since the first days of the game.

May 01, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Fear of free speech

WASHINGTON -- True words are often said in jest, it has long been said. But a harsher idiom has been taking shape in recent years: Jest is becoming the only way to express truth.

May 01, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: Protesters versus those who riot

I like to write my weekly column on humorous topics when possible. During my months here, I've managed to sprinkle in some stories of goofy things that have happened in my life and there are more I would love to convey to you. I'm probably not as funny as I sometimes think I am, but those are still the kinds of musings I prefer.

May 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Scully: In the community

I wanted to share with you selections from recent speeches I delivered in and around Camden, two on April 11 and one on April 18.

May 01, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Lee Correctional visit with Claire Bryant a moving experience

BISHOPVILLE -- Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press -- from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago.

April 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: Yet another joy of middle age

I am afraid I am slowly driving my beautiful, long-suffering Beloved nuts.

April 29, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


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