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There’s more to beauty than being ‘pretty’

Several years ago, I visited a plastic surgeon's office to find out what kinds of "work" I needed to have done in order to look my best.

October 28, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Passing time with good folks

If you are over 50 years old, or were raised in a small Southern community or "from these parts," then you may have a better appreciation of this story than others would.

October 28, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Good TV, bad politics

WASHINGTON -- The operative maxim in cable television can be summed up as follows: Is it good TV?

October 26, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Celebrate Halloween with some spooky favorites

A few weeks ago, a friend and I happened to stumble upon a great old-timey store during a trip up to Clemson. No, we weren't in the market for handle-bar mustache wax or a top hat and monocle, but we did want to pick up something we haven't bought in a long time -- a movie from Blockbuster.

October 26, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


For protests, simplicity matters

After spending an afternoon with Occupy DC, the District of Columbia's branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I now understand why they avoid formal leaders. For one thing, when things go wrong, it's easier to spread the blame around. That's something the young radicals have in common with the folks on Wall Street and in Washington.

October 24, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


It's definitely time to talk about Phase II

In 2007, just as I was arriving in Kershaw County, the school district began work on Phase I of the Facilities Equalization Program. Phase I was envisioned to encompass eight construction and renovation projects at a cost of $102 million, which was generated through Installment Purchase Plan bonds. Through a combination of excellent management and a favorable construction market, the $102 million has been stretched to complete several more projects beyond the original scope. The additional projects included a new Jackson Elementary School (also the first LEED-certified Gold School in South Carolina), an addition and media center renovation at Blaney ...

October 24, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Camden’s other Native American leader

Perhaps it's because most of my elementary and junior high school education took place in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Perhaps it's just the too many years since I moved on from high school and college. Perhaps I just didn't pay attention.

October 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Photo giant near sad collapse

When musical great Paul Simon wrote the hit song "Kodachrome" in 1973, nobody could have foreseen that 38 years later, the photographic giant Eastman Kodak would be on the verge of bankruptcy.

October 21, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Growing Camden while preserving historic treasures

Over the last few months I have been meeting with people in this great community that I call home. I have been in people's homes, on the streets and in businesses talking about the direction in which the city is heading.

October 21, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Herman Cain’s anti-race card

Tea partiers are delighted that their support for Herman Cain proves they don't hate black people. Unfortunately, judging by some of his statements, Cain doesn't seem to like black people very much, either.

October 21, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


‘Facts’ not always truth

There's a funny thing about facts nowadays: everyone has their own.

October 21, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Celebrating failure

WASHINGTON -- By the time Steve Jobs' Wikipedia page had been adjusted to past tense, eulogists had added a footnote to his biography of success. Failure.

October 19, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Struggling Colts should look for Luck in 2012

With about one-third of the pro football regular season over, the line between playoff contenders and divisional basement dwellers is becoming clear.

October 19, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


How local festivals improve our quality of life

During a recent weekend, I attended the Rock Around the Clock Festival in Winnsboro.

October 19, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller | Columns


Solyndra case underscores flaws in 'stimulus act'

If anyone needs more proof that the White House sold us a bill of goods when it pressured Congress to pass the "stimulus" act of 2009, just look at what has happened with Solyndra Inc.

October 17, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.

August 22, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mob mentality

I have admitted in this column many times that I have become a "grumpy old man." Well, folks, here I go again. I often blame technology and the instant sharing of news and opinions on many of society's ills, and that's what I'm doing again today.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


How to grow grass under a tree

I have many colleagues who are of the turf persuasion and we have come to an understanding to agree to disagree. I think grass is a weed, they think a tree is a weed -- in nature the two aren't meant to meet. This is why only grass grows on the Great Plains and only trees grow in the forest. But since we aren't on the Plains or in the forest, we try and get plants to co-exist in arranged landscape designs we like to see.

August 22, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


When practice just kills time

Last week we spent a few minutes talking about being the best in the world in a particular field.

August 22, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The ‘Harmony County Stud Muffin’ column

As the primary pundit at the "Harmony County Weekly Blister," I am frequently called upon to perform many tasks. So, besides winding up the cat and putting out the clock, I also write the advice to the lovelorn column entitled, "Ask the Stud Muffin."

August 20, 2014 | Jim McGowan | Columns


A case for Zemp

I never played high school football. My glory days ended with the little league Lions and the gridiron of my youth is now a stand of depressingly mature pine trees across the old, worn foot bridge in Woodward Park. Like many, I now enjoy the pleasure of watching and cheering on younger generations and look forward to each new season as it plays out on our home field at Zemp Stadium. It is my opinion that we, as a community, should keep Zemp and prepare the old facility for the future.

August 20, 2014 | Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Here comes Entrepreneur Barbie

WASHINGTON -- Lego's groundbreaking female-scientists set sold out almost immediately after it was released this month. But never fear, fans of feminist toys: A new Barbie doll, now in stock, is also shattering the plastic ceiling.

August 20, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


‘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


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