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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


Musical talent … or the lack thereof

I was in Boston recently and just down from our hotel, in the heart of the Back Bay, is the Berklee College of Music.

October 17, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A little panic might be helpful

WASHINGTON -- Now, now, let's not panic.

October 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


That little cabin in the woods

I obviously enjoy sharing stories from my childhood and other eras of my life in this column. I've told you about the time my pony took me on a crazy ride through a shed with a low ceiling and the time I got "lost" at the New York World's Fair. This week I'm going to tell you about a very special place that was the scene of many of my happiest childhood memories.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Not just guns - Part Two

Hollywood's most recent spate of pirate movies, the Pirates of the Caribbean series starring Johnny Depp, illustrates the age-old stereotype of "the pirate." Depp is the perfect swaggering pirate, his full head of dreadlocks wrapped in a cloth, waistcoat belted with heavy leather, on occasion an 18th century skirted frock coat and a tricorn hat. Pistols and swords in his belt within easy reach for a fight. Soft leather boots folded down at the top. Swashbuckling at its best. Depp embodies the definitive pirate style.

October 17, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A remedy for high turnover

ASPEN, Colo. -- One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen -- yes, I realize the irony -- is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government "handouts" are good for the bottom line?

October 15, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Music appreciation

My taste in music is pretty diverse. I seriously listen to every genre. However, I do have my favorites as I am sure many people do, and I have found that my preference for some genres are restricted to certain decades.

October 15, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Tough times come, tough times go

Lately, I seem to be reminded of the old adage "tough times never last but tough people do." It has me wondering: do tough people simply outlast the tough times or is it that people actually become tough as a result of surviving adversities over and over? Perhaps the answer lies in what we find on the other side of those difficult times. Perchance on the other side of these really burdensome and painful moments in our lives lay tougher people. It does make sense. Trying and practicing to be tough over and over would have to deliver a positive ...

October 15, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Malala and Kailash at the best of us

There have been times when the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize seems political at best, pandering at worst. Nobel prizes, in various categories, including peace, are supposed to be awarded to the person or persons the Nobel committee believes have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

October 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A lifetime of bad decisions

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

October 13, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Column: We need to talk

One hates to think we could actually start the day saying something like, "ho hum; another mass shooting," but sadly, it sometimes feels that way.

February 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago, when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

February 20, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Going Hogg wild

WASHINGTON -- It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as ...

February 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The Alexander Young portrait

Well-known, long-time Camden resident William M. Shannon wrote a series of articles for the newspaper in 1876 that described Camden and its people of days ...

February 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Unsportsmanlike conduct

On Wednesday, February 7, I drove down to Columbia to watch my older son play in his last JV basketball game -- perhaps his last basketball ...

February 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Small newspapers make big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper.

February 16, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Reflections

We all had that special teacher or coach who inspired us to believe and achieve while we were in school. Take a minute and think ...

February 16, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Invasion of the bots

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia.

February 16, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Whispered prayer

Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing's beautiful. You startle ...

February 13, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Do-er or dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

February 13, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Karma loves football

WASHINGTON -- The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady's defeat ...

February 13, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: I wrote about it, then suffered it

I've written about the flu here in Kershaw County twice. It seems only fitting I should experience it, right? Well, no, actually I don ...

February 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: #Fairness

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes before the start of President Trump's State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton dumped a mea culpa onto her Facebook page ...

February 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Jazz

In 1903, when historian and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois heralded the Negro spiritual as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side ...

February 09, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A call to civility

"I'm sorry."

February 09, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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