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Signs that the NRA is losing

Now that they're facing Washington's first serious push for new gun violence prevention laws since the Columbine massacre, gun lobbyists are grasping at straws -- as in "straw" purchases.

March 01, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns

Hold them close, then let them go

It's funny how parenting works. At times, I am wonderfully amazed at the position; in other moments, I am utterly confused by the entire ride as if I were falling down the rabbit hole. I believe it fair to say, even with all the preparations we think we've made, no one is ever ready. We are always caught off guard when parenthood chooses us. When the "smoke clears," we realize that, of all the balls ever thrown our way, this is the one we cannot drop. Having kids -- the charge of rearing good, ethical, responsible human beings -- is ...

March 01, 2013 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns

The world of Co-ops

Last weekend I attended a cooperative (co-op) development workshop sponsored by the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) I was invited to.

March 01, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

Two little red balls

My mother certainly was horrified that I seemed to enjoy learning, often telling me, "Boys do not like smart girls." Her idea of a good life for me was to find some man to take care of me, know all home skills such as cooking, sewing, etc., and fill the house with children. Today, because of her, I know those skills and enjoy them. I did however, only have one child because of unforeseen circumstances. Knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, crewel, and regular sewing often occupy my time. In fact, one of my grandchildren recently asked me, "Nana, do you still like ...

February 27, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Droning on about feelings

WASHINGTON -- First they came for the drones.

February 27, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

A fond farewell

One of my first tastes of a slice of life in Camden came nearly two years ago after cruising down the Wateree River with a couple of pirates.

February 27, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Being reared by a mother who was a wonderful cook, I rarely had the chance to do so, Mother's idea being for me to watch her do it. As most teenagers, I had little time for this inactive pursuit. Finally, Mother allowed me the honor of preparing a cake with her being the watcher. Since the cake to be baked was a pound cake, I thought this was a one-step procedure requiring little effort. How wrong I was! Mother had no mix master or electric appliance; the cook beat and beat and beat by hand. I had a much ...

February 25, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Time for a RINO Rebellion?

WASHINGTON -- RINO-hunting, the long popular political sport that morphed in 2008 into a sort of hysteria-driven obsession, lately has become a suicide mission.

February 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

It’s Citizens United all over again

Last July, I wrote about how disheartened I was that the Supreme Court of the United States refused, on a 5-4 partisan vote, to reconsider one of its worst decisions ever: Citizens United. The original 2010 ruling opened the door for "super" political action committees (Super PACs) to accept unlimited contributions and, in at least some cases, without full disclosure on where that money's coming from.

February 25, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

A Civil War history lesson

On the slope of Malvern Hill is where John Young saved Henry Truesdale's life. Jim Sheorn and W.S. Kirby were on each side of Young.

February 25, 2013 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Being a preacher isn't easy

Many years ago, when I was a fresh-faced, full-of-spit-and-vinegar young reporter, I wrote a story indicating that a local church had hired a new minister.

February 22, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Boys in the back of the class

Every year, millions of well-intentioned American kids show up at kindergarten or first grade woefully unprepared to learn. Some can't even tell you their own complete name, let alone spell any of it.

February 22, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns

Tree Pruning 101 -- Part 2

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for Tree Care Operations for Pruning states "The purpose of utility pruning is to prevent the loss of service, comply with mandated clearance laws, prevent damage to equipment, avoid access impairment and uphold the intended usage of the utility space." When I worked for the S.C. Forestry Commission, I quoted this statement many times at community forums in places such as Elloree, Charleston, Walterboro and Beaufort. These events were always in response to a utility provider coming into town, unannounced, and "doing their thing." While the majority of cuts were technically correct, their ...

February 22, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Bowling for sanity

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When President Obama said in his State of the Union address that "This time is different," referring to his push for tighter gun-control laws, he wasn't just whistling Dixie.

February 20, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Newcomers have most to prove at Daytona

Although Danica Patrick's pole position will give her the brightest spotlight at next week's Daytona 500, other up-and-coming drivers will have the most to prove as the green flag drops on NASCAR's season.

February 20, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns

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Cahn: The power of the press

National Newspaper Week starts Sunday, just in time for our change from a three times a week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday publication to a twice weekly ...

October 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Guest Column: Why community newspapers matter

"I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…" -Roger Miller

October 02, 2015 | By Ray Mosby, editor and publisher The Deer Creek Pilot, Rolling Fork, Miss. | Columns

Scully: ‘Dear Friend’

In September, a merchant and friend emailed me about our downtown. I decided our communication was worth considering for this column.

October 02, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Noble: Molly Spearman and the state of S.C. schools

Recently at the College of Charleston, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman delivered what was billed as The State of the Schools Speech.

October 02, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Parker: The GOP brat pack

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.

October 02, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Phillips: My last hurrah?

As I have written about a couple of times here, especially last week, I have been promoted to the position of editor for The Country ...

September 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Noble: The Emanuel Nine, four months later

It's off the front page of the newspapers. There are no packs of reporters prowling the streets. The banks of television cameras across from ...

September 30, 2015 | | Columns

Parker: Yo ‘heart’ el papa

WASHINGTON -- "Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid," my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people's ...

September 30, 2015 | | Columns

Tatum: How to sing the blues

I got this a few years ago from a twisted musician friend of mine. Of course, I don't usually publish something I get by ...

September 28, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Walker: A super ‘Squeaky’ hero

Names have always been interesting and fun when it comes to Lita "Squeaky" Wagensteen. From the horse "Goldman Sox" to the dog "Zsa Zsa Goober ...

September 28, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Rich: Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me: perhaps my writing days were over. It was time to just ...

September 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns


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