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What comes after the welfare state?

The welfare state is now omnipresent in every part of the United States. The federal budget is dominated by entitlement spending, with 45 percent of federal spending in 2012 going to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare (among other health care entitlements). Simultaneously, states are struggling under the fiscal burdens imposed on them by mandatory entitlement programs: for example, spending by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (primarily on Medicaid) has averaged $1.21 billion over the last three budget years.

December 09, 2013 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


The 11th hour: Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina

What if I told you that it's the 11th hour, and that the proof is Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina?

December 09, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drop off our kids safely, please

I'm the parent of a Camden Middle School (CMS) student. Each weekday morning, I drop him off after taking his brother to another school.

December 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The poor dirt farmer

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it for it's all they've ever known.

December 09, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The GOP’s toxic messaging

WASHINGTON -- As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.

December 06, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


What I AIN’T grateful for

Last week I told you about a lot of things for which I'm thankful.

December 06, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


‘Tis the season of lots to do

A blog I follow posted a piece last year about Christmas traditions. The woman who writes the blog is newly married and wanted to start some holiday traditions with her husband and carry them on if they should ever have children.

December 06, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Imagine your crimson pot

I'll be first to admit I'm a pushover when it comes to stories of do-gooders and their noble deeds of "giving back." As it goes, at this time of the year -- the season of giving -- many of us find ourselves looking for ways to be charitable, for ways to help others in some capacity. No doubt, the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's finds most of us in that feel-good benevolent mood (we hope). And in this bountiful season, exactly where we fall on the generosity meter quite frankly depends less on what we think determines our ...

December 06, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Spend the money and get what you want

Shopping for friends and family members can be fun, but it can also be very stressful. I can't tell you how many holidays have come and gone where I've waited until the last minute to buy Christmas presents for my nearest and dearest. It's not because I don't have the opportunity. Bien au contraire, mon ami, ce n'est pas vrai.

December 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Food stamps and turkey tales

WASHINGTON -- If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.

December 04, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Classically Carolina

"We are Camden, a place surrounded by history. Long a home of Native Americans, we were founded not long after Carolina was separated into North and South. Here, King Haigler, the Catawba chief, worked for peace among natives and colonists along the banks of the Wateree. Here, Patriots suffered one of the worst defeats in the Revolutionary War. Yet, from this place the tide of war would turn and ultimately lead to victory for a fledgling nation built on ideals of equality, freedom, and hope."

December 04, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Remembering Christmas 1941

Since the close of WWI, the United States had followed a foreign policy of isolationism and neutrality. As the 1930s drew to a close, the rise of Hitler in Germany and of Mussolini in Italy, and the continued aggression of Japan in the Pacific led to war in Europe and a change in United States foreign policy. The nation began serious preparations for the possible entry into this European war. That change in policy began to manifest itself throughout Kershaw County.

December 02, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Oh, the stories of woe

Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.

December 02, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Deputies’ lives touched thousands

I did not know Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Rob Evans, who passed away last week. I knew him, but only in the sense that I spoke to him a few times when the two of us happened to be at KCSO headquarters at the same time. Evans certainly seemed like a nice guy; I remember him smiling a lot.

December 02, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Talking turkey about Bleak Friday

WASHINGTON -- For children, Christmastime may be the favorite holiday, even if their families don't celebrate the birth of Christ. The twinkling lights and aura of magic that suddenly transfigure the most plebian edifices are nearly as seductive as a round-trip ticket to Never-Never Land.

November 29, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | 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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