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What is legitimate rape, Mr. Akin?

Rep. Todd Akin made some frankly repulsive comments this week about rape and the female body. The U.S. Senate contender responded with the following after he was asked about his ideas on abortion on a Missouri TV station:

August 24, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Moment of Nature -- Aug. 24, 2012

This job affords me the luxury of being outside, which I love. During these past two years, I've had the opportunity to observe and capture many moments of nature up close as I prune young trees, perform tree exams and/or water our newly planted trees. The Chronicle-Independent has graciously allowed me to begin sharing my various nature experiences and knowledge of trees with you. It is my hope that your knowledge be enriched by the many wonders right here in our fair city.

August 24, 2012 | | Columns


All roads lead to Rome

"Under a democratical government, the citizens exercise the powers of sovereignty; and those powers will be first abased, and afterwards lost, if they are committed to an unwieldy multitude."

August 22, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Not in the rule book

College classes endeavor to give aspiring teachers guides to help them prepare for the classroom. Such instructions are helpful, but they do not address the unusual behavior of people. Age does not necessarily matter, unless you consider teenagers and adults have more experience.

August 22, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The 24-7 school district

I've been doing this work for a pretty long time. The coming school year will be my 38th, which probably qualifies me for "dinosaur status." A lot has changed in education since I walked into my first classroom in 1975. One of the most significant areas of change has been the way in which schools and school districts interact and communicate with families and the general public.

August 20, 2012 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Food-stamp folly

Do you know what Maryland gives its welfare recipients so they can access cash and food benefits? An "Independence Card."

August 20, 2012 | By Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


A stark choice come this November

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was.

August 20, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Paul Ryan's magical thinking

Among other "awesome news" about Paul Ryan, as my son would call it, we have learned that Mitt Romney's running mate was voted prom king and "biggest brown noser" by his high school classmates. Obviously, he was destined for success in politics.

August 20, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Baron of the Piney Woods a facinating Camden native

It all began with a letter penned in 1953. By then the writer was 70 years old and he was answering an inquiry from Judge Allison P. DuBose of Camden. The letter from Inman F. Eldredge (1883-1963) was in the Camden Archives and Museum's vertical file on the Hobkirk Inn. I was working on the Camden Gardens exhibit and the Hobkirk Inn was one of the gardens in the exhibit -- so I "found" Inman on the way to looking for other things. His father and mother owned and operated the Hobkirk Inn during the heyday of the "Winter Colony ...

August 17, 2012 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Romney’s ‘welfare queen’

Whose side is he on? Mitt Romney's assault against President Barack Obama's welfare reform policy sounds good, except that it gets in the way of putting welfare recipients to work.

August 17, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A nationalist’s secret heritage

Csanad Szegedi, 30, once the face and spokesperson for the far-right Jobbik Party in Hungary, claimed Jews were buying up the country and destroying Hungarian property while making anti-Semitic remarks until he unearthed a family secret.

August 17, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Boring white-guy derangement syndrome

WASHINGTON -- One is hard-pressed to top silliness this political season but a strong contender would be recent speculation about Mitt Romney's likely running mate and the benighted "boring white guy (BWG)."

August 15, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Teenage pranks

The news recently carried the information that some schools in Kershaw County would be delayed by two hours. The reason was vandalism of school buses. I am certain many individuals self-righteously thought or said, "We would never have done such a thing." Remembering just a few activities might give new insight.

August 15, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Among contenders, Ryan made most sense

Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate could mean the White House will have its first VP from the U.S. House of Representatives in 80 years. In fact, only four sitting members of the House have even been on a Democratic or Republican ticket since 1900.

August 15, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Onward Christian ‘Teavangelicals’

Despite the tea party's well-known fiscal focus, the anti-tax budget-slashing movement's most underappreciated energy source may be its evangelical Christians.

August 13, 2012 | | Columns


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Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

October 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Grilling steaks, frying turkeys

It's said that Bear Bryant, the legendary football coach at Alabama, once remarked, "Every man thinks he knows how to do two things perfectly: grill a steak and coach a football team."

October 24, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Aging leaves and Autumn color

Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse Southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of a tree's life cycle is autumn color.

October 24, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The question unanswered

WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates' names might stand for Denial.

October 22, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Dreams thankfully deferred

Growing up, I had a hand full of career goals. My parents signed me up for basketball in 3rd grade, which put the idea of playing for the WNBA in my head.

October 22, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Prince returns to his classic funky ways

Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns


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