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S.C. DOR hack shows frailty of online records

It may not be if, but when. That is seemingly the foreboding consensus among cyber security experts as to the possibility of a devastating large-scale cyber attack in the United States.

October 31, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Big bird, BS and birth control

WASHINGTON -- We shouldn't be talking about this silliness -- Big Bird, "bull -- er," or a girl's "first time."

October 31, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Remember the Revolution, then act!

It is said that a memorial, whether monument or statue is a promise from the present to the future -- our posterity -- about the past. The true value of that memorial is determined by how well we keep the promise. What John Hagins recently did here with our hometown Maria Kirby-Smith in honoring Joseph Kershaw and Catawba Chief Hagler is simply outstanding! Powerful personalities from our town and county's birth on whom the public can more easily ponder. John stepped up on the mound when no one else did and Maria hit a homerun with these two characters cut realistically ...

October 31, 2012 | By David Reuwer C-I guest columnist | Columns


Munn served press, police, public

Hugh Munn, a Camden native who I rarely worked with but respected greatly, died Oct. 19.

October 29, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Moderate Mitt debates himself

Obama's final debate with Mitt Romney wasn't nearly as fascinating as the debate that Romney appeared to be having with himself.

October 29, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Ethics reform: a grand illusion

Thursday, October 18, 2012 was another day with another full-throated proposal for ethics reform from the political class in Columbia. This time, our governor heralded the creation of a "commission" (at least she doesn't label it "blue ribbon") to make "recommendations" to the General Assembly concerning "reform" of the current ethics laws.

October 26, 2012 | By John S. Rainey C-I guest columnist | Columns


‘An inexorable trend’

Facebook is the answer to everything, and you better buy an iPad, folks, because the Internet is slowly, but surely taking over our lives.

October 26, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


The Archives’ little mystery figurine

Only an archivist/museum person gets excited about brand new acid-free boxes. I felt like it was Christmas when the shipping boxes from Gaylord Bros. Inc. began to arrive! Finally, the work of rehousing the collection in proper containers could begin. So, box by box, each collection was taken out of its old container and placed in new packaging. The database was checked for accuracy and the new boxes were placed back on the shelves in the stacks. All but this one box … as I peered inside to see what it contained, a little face with an agonizing expression peeked ...

October 26, 2012 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Electoral College system doesn’t work

It's time to lay the Electoral College to rest – or at least to alter it from a system that worked well in the 1700s but is hopelessly outdated now.

October 26, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Romney’s ‘binders’ bind

Mitt Romney's wince-inducing suggestion for gender equality, "binders full of women," has become almost as much of major Mitt-ism from the second presidential debate as "Big Bird" was in the first.

October 26, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


End of Wozniacki’s title drought offers optimism

Unfortunately for former World No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, her WTA success this year has come at the end of the season and not the beginning.

October 24, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Hillary’s mea culpa

WASHINGTON -- Once again, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated herself to be the classiest person in the room. No wonder she's one of the most revered public figures in America.

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


CFD chief lists fire safety tips

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night from deadly smoke and fire alarms buzzing. You frantically wake your family and try to escape from the overwhelming black smoke. Feeling frazzled, you stumble down the stairs only to realize that the fire is blocking your escape out of the front door. What is your next step?

October 24, 2012 | CFD Chief John Bowers C-I guest columnist | Columns


A father turns 70

October 20, 1942.

October 22, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Brave teen, cowardly Taliban

Did the Taliban overplay their hand when they shot a 14-year-old Pakistani girl simply because she wanted to go to school? We can only hope.

October 22, 2012 | Clarence Page Oct. 22, 2012 | Columns


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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


The loss of parents and their wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gunn: Partnership drives investment in health

You may have read about the letter of intent to be agreed upon between KershawHealth and MUSC Health/Capella Healthcare. This agreement is about more than simply the leasing of real estate and ownership of property. Ultimately, it is about an investment of organizational and financial resources in this community and its healthcare needs. MUSC Health/Capella Healthcare will invest heavily in programs, facilities, and services at KershawHealth that will increase our patient volume and, in turn, increase revenue. From an organizational standpoint, it will provide access to best practices and strategies to improve the quality of care provided, enhance ...

December 15, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: Remembering Ira

Dec. 30 isn't that far away.

December 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Tucker: Bring back intermissions

The popular web site Slate says intermissions should be brought back to movie theaters.

December 12, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: The cycle of the taxi wars

WASHINGTON -- Deregulating the taxi industry? Been there, done that.

December 12, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Phillips: Watch out for the Grinch

The holiday season is traditionally a time for joy and celebration. It's a time when we may be able to see family members and friends who we seldom get to see because of distance or available time. For many of us, it's the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, there are options in the form of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever holiday celebration you may choose.

December 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Joseph: ‘The Christmas Truce’

Earlier this week, as I sat down at my desk stacked high with a rather large "catch-up pile," flipped on my computer and opened up my browser, I was greeted by a plethora of Christmas cheer. You know, the bright pop-up holiday ad-type cheer and the Top 10 gift list-type cheer among others. In my view as well were numerous articles on a variety of topics including "How to Raise the Bar for Your Holiday Decorations," "Picking That Perfect Tree," "Best Free Apps for Christmas Shopping," "Say Cheese: Time for the Dreaded Family Portrait" and the final two but no ...

December 12, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


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