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Not just business as usual

We often hear politicians and government officials say that running a government, at any level, is the same as running a business. There obviously is some truth in that. Governments have expenses for personnel, equipment and supplies. They receive funds from their clients (taxpayers) to pay for the services the citizens hopefully receive. Government officials have to budget that money and decide how and where to allocate it to be used.

March 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Obama’s best hope for change

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color -- "My Brother's Keeper" -- is cause for cheer.

March 05, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A nice, quiet evening

This weekend I'm going to a bachelorette party. Actually, it's a combined bachelor/bachelorette party where both the bride and groom-to-be and their closest friends will be in attendance. I'm looking forward to it, but there's always a little bit of anxiety before taking part in an event such as that. I'm sure that's partly due to the Hangover movies and partly due to my own experiences in the past with bachelorette parties.

March 05, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Why are we abusing our children in South Carolina?

This is a simple question, and the answer is not simple, but there is something that we can all do to help, and we can do it right now -- today.

March 05, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Be a pig or be a possum

Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.

March 03, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Images from the Mud Puddle

Introduction

March 03, 2014 | | Columns


Telling a tragedy in the community

I have said before -- in fact, not that long ago -- that covering tragedies is no fun. This is especially true when the tragedy takes place where you live, or at least close by. When you can say that you either know the people involved, or are friends of their friends, it hits you even harder.

March 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Bubba Bobby Jindal waves war flag

WASHINGTON -- This town can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves.

February 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Accepting the hand we’re dealt

I have a friend who says he's stopped asking people how they're feeling.

February 28, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Springing into organization

I recently read an article online about ways to get your wardrobe ready for spring and the one thing it encouraged, above everything else, was organization. It suggested that the time between the end of winter and the beginning of spring was a very important time to evaluate what you need and what you don't when it comes to clothing.

February 26, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Make love not war

WASHINGTON -- We've heard much about the Republican war on women. Exhaustingly.

February 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


12 candidates, 12 ideas

In the 2014 election, the post of State Superintendent of Education is open. The incumbent Mick Zais is not running again. By my count, to date there are 12 people that are announced candidates -- 10 Republicans and two Democrats.

February 26, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A somber, but important anniversary

Of all the hundreds of stories I have written for the C-I, perhaps the most gratifying and the most tragic was "Death of a Deputy," a five-part series we published in 2009.

February 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Keeping the dream alive

By chance, we happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk recognizing me laughed and said, "What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!" She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men's sweaters.

February 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Should S.C. pay for surveillance?

Gov. Nikki Haley's executive budget grabbed a few headlines for its items on education, transportation and Medicaid waiver programs. One component of the budget was almost completely ignored, however, and it shouldn't be. The governor's proposed spending plan includes $8.5 million in total funds -- $5.3 million from the federal government -- for a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Fusion Center.

February 24, 2014 | By Shane McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


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Saving S.C.'s natural treasures: the Edisto River

Recently, I was invited to speak to the Friends of the Edisto and I met Hugo Krispyn who lives on the headwaters of the North ...

December 02, 2016 | Phil Noble | Columns


Fire follows drought

Kershaw County is currently 6-8 inches behind the average rainfall for the year. The rest of the state, for the most part, is experiencing the ...

December 02, 2016 | | Columns


No tears for Fidel

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes history doesn't have to wait to judge -- and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn't either.

December 02, 2016 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Garbage on television

How are cable companies maintaining stability in this present day? I am curious because a few of my friends from college and even the ones ...

December 02, 2016 | | Columns


Garbage on television

How are cable companies maintaining stability in this present day? I am curious because a few of my friends from college and even the ones ...

December 02, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


No tears for Fidel

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes history doesn't have to wait to judge -- and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn't either.

December 02, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Some thoughts on the "biased media"

As we dig out from the aftermath of a bizarre election season, I have noticed the screaming, gloating and finger pointing never ends. One continuing ...

November 29, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The only perks of the holidays

By the time you guys put on your peepers to read this, I will be in Summerville either sleeping hard or my mother will be ...

November 25, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


The meaning of Mitt

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump's flirtation with Mitt Romney as a possible pick for secretary of state has injected a sliver of hope and change ...

November 25, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Truth and consequences

WASHINGTON -- Of all the losers in this season of discontent, the mainstream media top the list. I don't say this lightly and sincerely fear ...

November 22, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Grateful to so many for so much

We're coming into that season where being thankful is allegedly supposed to be front and center in our thoughts and deportment. I like to ...

November 22, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


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