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Passing the time on I-81

As interstate highways go -- long on speed but generally short on scenery -- I-81 is one of the most attractive. It winds its way up the scenic Shenandoah Valley from southern Virginia to Scranton, Pa., and beyond.

November 01, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Fighting the fruit fight

I was grocery shopping a few days ago and overheard a girl telling what I assume must have been her mother that she hated vegetables. This is not anything out of the ordinary to hear in a grocery store, I'm sure, but what stuck out was that the girl was probably in her 20s and adamant about hating vegetables. I could hear it in her voice and she had a no-nonsense look on her face when she said it.

October 30, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


The White House Comedy Club

WASHINGTON -- While the nation's attention has been riveted on the Keystone Congress, the executive branch was busy developing its own comedy routine. Picture the cast (you know the characters) shrugging their shoulders in unison: "Who, me?"

October 30, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A changing of fortune

It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting stuff occurs in that magical city that sits grandly on the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.

October 28, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The evidence is clear: CSI still strong

I was amazed the other day to realize that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation -- the original of the CSI franchise -- is now in its 14th season, hitting its 300th episode this past Wednesday night.

October 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Superman and fixing education in South Carolina

A couple of years ago a movie came out called Waiting for Superman. It was about how education in this country is broken and too many of us are simply waiting for a Superman to come flying out of the sky to fix it for us.

October 28, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Witchcraft

The Annex deserves a note by itself. In my teaching years, I had to man the office during my lunch period, share classrooms with other teachers, and have no books for subjects unless I wrote them myself. However, the Annex sticks in my mind as the most exasperating assignment!

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


Behind every great woman

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans of a certain age grew up hearing the adage: "Behind every great man is a great woman," or some variation thereof.

October 25, 2013 | | Columns


The passing of some Southern giants

They are known by many different names: historic, significant, heritage and living legacy. No matter what we call them, they are unique and have persevered for over a century in the face of civil war, storms, droughts and human encroachment. They have also been witnesses to the everyday occurrences that surround them. "They" are some of Camden's giant trees. A giant tree, in my opinion, is one that measures 40 inches or more in diameter or 10 feet in circumference. Camden is fortunate to have trees of this size still in existence as they are long gone in most ...

October 25, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A much needed vacation

Today is my mom's birthday, so I'd like to begin this by saying Happy Birthday, Mama! You're the best!

October 23, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


The crux of Cruz

WASHINGTON -- Two things are often said in this town: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."

October 23, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Speaking the truth

The waitress set down the cup of coffee and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while quietly reflecting, pondering something.

October 21, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The skinny on the Common Core Standards

When I'm traveling between schools, I alternate listening to sports talk radio, political talk radio and Motown CDs (showing my age, I guess). Recently, I was listening to a nationally syndicated radio show, and I heard the host ranting about the Common Core Standards and government brainwashing. I know we live in an age of overstatement, but this seemed over the top. It might be useful for someone working with the Common Core Standards at the ground level, versus in the sensationalistic world of talk radio, to provide some information about this topic. To be sure, I don't ...

October 21, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Uncle Pete and the shutdown

(This column was written prior to the end of the federal shutdown.)

October 21, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


An hour in the classroom

I spent an hour Thursday morning with Erica Peake's writing class at North Central Middle School (NCMS).

October 21, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Many questions, few answers

The late, great George Carlin was a man of many inspired observations on our society. One of many things he noted, and rightfully skewered, is ...

September 27, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Eyes wide open on debate night

September 27, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The Trump letters

WASHINGTON -- As the first presidential debate approaches, fists clench, jaws tighten and invectives giggle in anticipation.

September 23, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


I miss making videos

When I first entered college, my goal was to be the journalist everyone loves. I am interested in journalism because one of my pet peeves ...

September 23, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


Trump’s truth sets us free

WASHINGTON -- At long last, Donald Trump has set himself free.

September 20, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fun with the family photo album

It's almost time for our annual family reunion, that one day of the year when you can go and actually see for yourself what ...

September 20, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


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