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War, history and the big lie

(Columnist Clarence Page is on vacation. In his absence, Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer, is featured today.)

December 30, 2011 | Syndicated columnist Robert Koehler | Columns


2012 session set to start

Let's start with some good news:

December 30, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Blame it on the cows

Unless you've been holed up in a basement somewhere for the past few years -- if you seldom read a newspaper or watch a news broadcast on television -- you are aware of global warming and the catastrophic effects it could have upon our planet.

December 30, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Have your say on No Child Left Behind

Even without knowing the intricate details of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), many have come across a teacher or two who says that their creativity and long-term effectiveness in the classroom has become limited since the implementation of NCLB. Consequently, it is honorable that the state of South Carolina has been motivated to submit a request for flexibility in NCLB requirements early next year and requests the input of the "community" of South Carolina.

December 30, 2011 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


New Year’s resolutions for better government

Ah, a New Year.

December 28, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


Extremism in pursuit of judges is a vice

(Columnist Kathleen Parker is on vacation. In her absence, Ruth Marcus, a columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group, is featured today.)

December 28, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Requiem for a master contrarian

Only once since my foolish adolescence do I recall actually feeling fortunate to be a smoker, a truly insidious addiction that I have since kicked. It was the slightly chilly Washington evening on which I was joined during a smoke break at a friend's birthday party by Christopher Hitchens, one of the few people who can be called a journalist-intellectual without it sounding like a punch line.

December 26, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Our energy potential

Imagine a place where jobs are plentiful, and the housing market is thriving. A place where even low-playing service jobs come with signing bonuses and other benefits.

December 26, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


A look back at the (crime) year gone by

Last week, I named Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews as my 2011 Person of the Year. Inevitably, any thoughts of law enforcement bring me thoughts of crime. Sometimes reading crime reports can be the most enjoyable part of the day.

December 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


There was just one Hitch

WASHINGTON -- The Republicans' final debate preceding the Iowa caucuses is suddenly uncompelling. There is nothing to do but write about Christopher Hitchens, whose death has made the world immeasurably less interesting.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Taking the leap

Choosing a career in the media makes me a willing martyr. Although I am drawn to the glossy covers of magazines and daydream about seeing my 10-point byline in publications nationwide, making a living as a reporter means continuously living in my most vulnerable state.

December 23, 2011 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


‘All-American’ Muslim bashers

A conservative Christian group has launched a boycott against "All-American Muslim." The TLC reality TV show about Muslim families in America fails to live down to the group's narrow-minded stereotypes. Their gripe, in my view, makes about as much sense as boycotting "The Cosby Show" because it doesn't mention black street gangs.

December 23, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A last-minute letter to Santa

Dear Santa:

December 23, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


The temptation of Callista Gingrich

WASHINGTON -- Callista Gingrich has done something she might come to regret -- succumbed to the Twitter fairy and opened the door to unwelcome scrutiny.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Romney’s wager

WASHINGTON -- Oh, quelle gaffe.

December 21, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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‘This I Believe’

For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I've really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year's book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?

August 18, 2014 | | Columns


Greenville is doing it right

Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.

August 18, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

August 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Remembering Robin Williams

I am man enough to admit that I have cried more than once since the news broke that Robin Williams had died by what local officials said was suicide.

August 18, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A’s for everyone

WASHINGTON -- Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation!

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


Strike up the band

Since I have lived in this area for about eight months now, I have made a discovery about Camden. There's quite a bit of music talent here, especially for a town this size. I have to also say that my opinion comes from just the musicians I know and have heard perform personally. I'm sure there are countless others I don't know about -- yet.

August 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘I’m the best in the world’

I watched Rory McIlroy win the PGA title Sunday, his third straight golf tournament victory and his second major title within three weeks.

August 15, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Taming the wilderness

I jokingly call my backyard "the wilderness." My house, built in 1912, sits fairly close to my downtown street, as is the custom in the Historic District in Sumter. The Victorian cast iron fence and neat little patch of grass in my front yard belie what is happening behind my house. The deck at the back of my house overlooks a very deep backyard filled with towering oak and pecan trees. Just over the fence at the rear of the yard is a magnificent willow oak which is probably 100 years old. It rises majestically above all and makes a ...

August 15, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Myths about the social safety net

"Some of my friends are destitute. Some of them are beggars/But, for me, there's a subsidy if I spend my whole life preggers."

August 13, 2014 | | Columns


I have two beerkats

Yippee! It is August! We all know what that means. Is it the month when we celebrate Augustus Caesar? No. Is it the month when we have our sweat glands all working at full tilt? No. Is it the month that we get the air conditioning bill and faint dead away because it is higher than the GNP of Costa Rica? No.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Welcome to the new 30…

So I received my first invitation to join AARP, complete with membership card, explanation of benefits, and even an offer for a groovy free tote bag.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim Tatum Summerville Journal Scene reporter | Columns


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