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When is a vacation not a vacation?

I don't know exactly when it happened -- sometime after I got married, I suspect -- but I can't remember the last time I took a vacation that was, actually a vacation.

October 15, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘Preferences’? What ‘preferences’?

Is the Supreme Court's doomsday clock ticking for "racial preferences?" Maybe, but the states that already ban race-based admissions show how you can build diversity by other means.

October 15, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The future ain’t what it used to be…

As hard as it might be to believe, I was a French major in college. Through my coursework, I studied the great French thinkers and philosophers: Descartes, Montesquieu, Voltaire and others. However, I usually end up going back to that noted American philosopher, Yogi Berra. More often than not, Yogi hits it right on the head. Yogi was once quoted as saying, "the future ain't what it used to be." I think that pearl of wisdom relates very well to the topic of the relationship between education and economic development.

October 15, 2012 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘Big Bird’ snafu not the first

Sesame Workshop isn't pleased with President Barack Obama's new ad featuring Big Bird.

October 12, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Obama’s second-term blahs

After scraping around for something -- anything -- good to say about President Barack Obama's debate performance, I came up with this much: at least he didn't look at his watch.

October 12, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The wooden box

There's this prison, you see, but there's something different about it. People who visit don't come away with visions of iron bars and murderers and breakouts and hardened men desperate to find a way out.

October 12, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The swing set

I tore down the old swing set last weekend, demolished it actually. I unscrewed as many nuts and bolts as I could and then took the saw to it, leaving only the pile of sand which had broken the fall of many a crying or giggling toddler at the base of the sliding board. It was time. The old structure had become a little "shop of horrors," so to speak. There were several rungs missing from the ladder, there were damaged boards everywhere, the swings had become rusty and unreliable. She was tired.

October 12, 2012 | By Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


KO’d in Denver

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.

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


Forgotten creatures of politics

Even the best batters have to take batting practice sometimes. But it seems Barack Obama didn't heed such advice during the debate last Wednesday night. His lack of preparation was strikingly evident, only giving further credence to the idea that the president just doesn't seem to like the game of politics all too much.

October 10, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Newspapers continue to deliver

As a teenager in Pennsylvania, I delivered The Morning Call and The Evening Chronicle to customers in a suburb of Allentown. On rainy days, I'd try to make sure the paper stayed dry inside the screen door. Now, I get The State and the New York Times delivered to my driveway in plastic bags, though the Times delivery is erratic. I can, of course, also read the Times on my iPhone, iPad and desktop computer.

October 08, 2012 | By Charles Bierbauer Dean, USC College of Communications and Information Studies | Columns


We are the cornerstone of Kershaw County

Once or twice a year while living in the Washington, D.C., area as a child, my father would drive me and my sister to New York's Long Island to visit my grandparents, Ira and Barbara Cahn. They lived in Wantaugh, but spent much of their waking hours -- as well as time they should have been sleeping -- a little east of there in Massapequa.

October 08, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Revisiting Wilson’s ‘truly disadvantaged’

Twenty-five years after sociologist William Julius Wilson's important study of urban decline and vanishing "marriageable men," poverty is still with us. At least, we're finding lots of new ways to argue about it, even if our theories are no less sharply divided than the rest of our politics.

October 05, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


It’s OK ‘Honey Boo-Boo’ is a hit

Move over Duggar family, TLC has a new hit show on their hands.

October 05, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Blue Transition

Six weeks have passed since my oldest son walked through our back door. The mere mention of this makes the stretch seem even longer. Of course, aside from a normal dose of missing their brother, for his siblings, this time represents six weeks of more slices of pizza at dinner, shorter waits for the bathroom, and total control of the TV remote. For me, it suggests more intangibles. It is the void, the missing place setting at our table, and the one less body charging down the stairs for breakfast like a horse running for open country.

October 05, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


We’re not really getting smarter

Research tells us Americans are getting smarter as time goes by.

October 05, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


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Richardson: Golf in Camden

Springtime in the South comes with a guarantee of two things: great clouds of pollen and azaleas in full bloom. Springtime in the golf world means it's finally time for the Masters. My husband, an avid, albeit average golfer, was glued to the television when the Masters was being played. It was nirvana for him when his spring break fell during Masters Week. He could watch it every minute it was on the air. Of course, he was watching and appreciating the game of golf. I, on the other hand, was gawking at the golf course at Augusta every ...

April 17, 2015 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Stylin’ and profilin’

You think you're alone on the highway. You're sure of it -- not a soul in the rear view, not a glimmer on the horizon. Not even a billboard or bridge abutment.

April 15, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


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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