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When our community chooses to come together

I had been in Kershaw County just a few months when I got one of the worst phone calls of my professional career. At about 8 a.m. on a gray Saturday morning in early December of 2007, I was coming inside from a morning run, and the phone was ringing. I vividly remember a momentary pit in my stomach; a phone call early on Saturday morning is rarely good news. I had no idea; however, how tragic the news would be. A young man in our community had been shot and killed the night before in a gang-related incident ...

December 17, 2012 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Horsin’ around the High Country

A very wise man who happens to own one of my favorite hideaways in the North Carolina High Country once told me, "You need a horse in the mountains the same way you need a boat in the Lowcountry."

December 17, 2012 | By Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America’s reluctant First Father

WASHINGTON -- One of my great hopes for a Barack Obama administration -- and thus one of my personal disappointments -- was that he would use his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children's well-being.

December 17, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Read a textbook in 2013?

A couple of months ago, I "rejoined" LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals. I got back in to it because the network was beginning to expand from simply helping people network for that next big job to helping them with their current jobs. A few friends and family members had also joined up at the same time that LinkedIn began adding some more news-oriented and thought-provoking features.

December 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Yankee seasoning

Which local business man and his wife have been deck hands on the U.S.S. Constitution?

December 14, 2012 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Trappist beer a rare commodity

Westvleteren 12 is a highly sought after beer made by Belgian monks at the Abbey of St. Sixtus of Wesvletern, Flanders, Belgium.

December 14, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Who’s afraid of the fiscal cliff?

Maybe the Tea Party folks were right about the corrupting influences of Washington. Two years after the Tea Party radicals hit their high point with a wave of mid-term House elections, Republicans are pointing fingers at one another and bickering so much that it is hard to tell them from Democrats.

December 14, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Will you keep my secret?

I'm going to let you in on a little secret, but you've got to promise not to tell anyone. Do I have your word you're going to keep this absolutely confidential?

December 14, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The double-down president

WASHINGTON -- Americans are justified in feeling numbed by the car alarm of Washington politics.

December 12, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


PGA makes right call in putter ban

The belly putter needs to go. That seems to be the consensus in the world of golf, except of course, for some of the world's top players that still use it.

December 12, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Charity care costs on the rise

For the last 100 years, KershawHealth has been guided by its mission to care for everyone, and we believe that has made for a stronger community and a better hospital. Today, we continue to hold fast to that mission in spite of the seismic shifts occurring in healthcare.

December 10, 2012 | By Donnie Weeks, KershawHealth president and CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The initiation of Susan Rice

WASHINGTON -- A variety of insults have been deployed in opposition to Susan Rice's likely nomination for secretary of state: she is not qualified; she's too aggressive; she "misled" the public following the lethal attack on the American consulate in Libya.

December 10, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Islamophobia in word and deed

In its never-ending effort to avoid misleading language in news coverage, the Associated Press Stylebook has decided to declare "Islamophobia," "homophobia" and presumably other non-clinical uses of the word "phobia" to be a new taboo.

December 10, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Why do these things happen?

I'm 64 years old, and I'm no closer to figuring out life's why-things-happen-the-way-they-do mystery than I was when I was a teenage pup.

December 07, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Command presence matters

A Nov. 16, 2012, op-ed by Lucian Truscott IV published in The New York Times declares that our post-World War II military leadership has traded true fighting spirit for "talk shows and photo spreads" and "military-spec business suits" and, therefore, has failed to succeed in battle since "the stalemated Korean War." Truscott's linkage between alleged military failures and a general officer population of "strutting military peacocks" is readily contradicted by the two men he invokes, George Patton and Lucian Truscott Jr., his own grandfather.

December 07, 2012 | By John S. Rainey C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Arrants: ‘So, how’s Texas?’

"So, how do you like living in Texas?" Overwhelmingly, that is the question I've been asked repeatedly by both people I interact with here and back in South Carolina. Most pose the question in an uncomplicated way, often wanting to know what I like about Texas and what I might miss from South Carolina. Some follow up with another, more in-depth question about what I think is similar and/or different about the two states. Well, let's start with at the top and work from there.

April 15, 2015 | By Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Rolling Stone gathers dirt -- on itself

WASHINGTON -- "As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong..."

April 15, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: Does Tsarnaev deserve death penalty?

We journalists are, usually, taught not to use questions as headlines. This time, it's really to ask myself the question: Does convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarvnaev deserve the death penalty?

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Miss Elinor’s thank you

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me, but I feel that we are friends."

April 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gunn: Joint replacement center offers new option

When the Joint Replacement Center at KershawHealth opened last month, it was a truly collaborative effort resulting in significant benefits for those having total joint replacement surgery. Today, the majority of patients will have surgery, begin therapy the same day and return home on the third day to continue their rehabilitation in the comfort of home. They will return to the things that mean the most to them -- home, family, work, and favorite activities -- sooner and further along in their recovery than before. Already, those who have been through the new program are excited about the change. They recognize the ...

April 13, 2015 | By Terry Gunn, KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Beckham: ‘Oh, you’re the talent’

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Hollywood star? How would you feel strolling on the red carpet as flashbulbs popped and adoring fans called out to you on Oscar night?

April 13, 2015 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tucker: Union fights an academy’s ‘Success’

Like most people, I'm interested in the public school system of this county and state. Often my interest goes beyond that, to other areas of the country, especially urban school systems, which have often struggled.

April 10, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Revenge of the help

WASHINGTON -- The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious -- and utterly lacking in nutritious content.

April 10, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: The mysterious masked man

Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly offering here know I am a big fan of older TV shows. To me, the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" truly applies in so many cases.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Joseph: The rent you pay

I had the pleasure of attending the United Way's volunteer recognition dinner this week.

April 10, 2015 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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