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There’s no bench in cross country

Why do people run? Why would anyone want to leave the geniality of a warm bed on a cold morning to spend 30 minutes of breathless agony? Why would someone choose to end a harried day at work with a pointless endeavor like running? They just do. And they do for reasons unbeknownst to many, explicable to others. Delivered to those who sprint, jog, dart, or dash are amazing enhancements sending them out the door three, five, even seven days a week, some asserting never to stray from one sole run. Every runner has their own schedule, own motivation, own ...

November 14, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘Tricky Nikki’ has done it again

Late Thursday, I read the news that the man Gov. Nikki Haley narrowly beat in 2010 -- Camden's own State Sen. Vincent Sheheen -- was calling for the entire S.C. Board of Health and Environmental Control's resignation. The board oversees the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

November 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Cain has a tax issue with women, too

When I first heard Herman Cain call his tax plan "9-9-9," it sounded like something I might have heard a fraulein tell me years ago when I was a GI in Germany: "Nein, nein, nein!"

November 14, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Unions: 1, Workers: 0

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo: "Do you think it's right that Boeing has to close down that plant in South Carolina because it's non-union?"

November 14, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


U.S. in decline, if we allow it

Is the United States in decline? With protesters in the streets, Washington in gridlock and our economy on life support, it's easy to understand why the question is being asked a lot these days. But, as an old saying goes, where you stand depends on where you sit.

November 11, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Herman Cain’s woman problem

WASHINGTON -- If you were Herman Cain, what would you do?

November 11, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Take the voter test

It's a simple-yet-intriguing idea: a web site that allows presidential candidates from across the country -- and politicians vying for a host of other races, too -- to simply and unequivocally state their positions on important issues so that voters can know exactly where they stand.

November 11, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Let’s have a real Thanksgiving

It's been nearly two weeks since Halloween.

November 11, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Lack of effective energy policy will hurt America’s economic future

To this point in the 2012 election cycle, the Republican contenders have been all bark and no bite when it comes to the nation's energy future. President Obama's approach, however, hasn't been much better.

November 09, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Much ado

WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain searched his memory for details about what might have caused a woman in the 1990s to accuse him of sexual harassment.

November 09, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Wellness matters

You might wonder how KershawHealth meets the health and wellness needs of our community. After all, creating a healthier community is an integral part of our mission. How do we provide the education, support and activities that will accomplish this worthy goal?

November 09, 2011 | KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Herman Cain’s scandal pain

President candidate Herman Cain came to Washington to talk about his tax plans but ended up talking about sex. Welcome to the life of the top-tier candidate, Mr. Cain.

November 07, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Railroad artifacts

Beginning in the 1830s and continuing to about 1980, the railroad was a very important component in the "warp and weave" of the nation's fabric. During this period the railroad was one of the chief transporters of passengers, mail, and goods used in America.

November 07, 2011 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


‘You can lead a horse to water...’

I admit it.

November 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Musings on a fall day

Random thoughts on a brilliant fall afternoon:

November 04, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


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The bad rep of for-profit colleges

For-profit colleges can't get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too.

October 01, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Sweet Home Oklahoma

I have always heard that home is where the heart is -- not always worded in that exact way, but it is definitely what was meant.

October 01, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


S.C. won’t be the next Ferguson

It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide -- a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen.

October 01, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why loyalty matters

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


We should all be feminists

I couldn't be prouder of "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson if she were my own daughter.

September 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


From the mailbag

• My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County tells me that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Palestine.

September 26, 2014 | | Columns


Cry, you’re on hidden camera

WASHINGTON -- Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

September 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The future is bright

I really like Camden and Kershaw County. In the nine months I've lived and worked here I've met some wonderful friends, acquaintances, news sources and coworkers. Those who have lived here all their lives may not realize what a jewel they have here. I have lived and worked in several places over the years and I know the difference.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Ten at the Top

This week more than 800 movers and shakers from 10 Upstate counties gathered in Greenville. It was an amazing event because of (1) what they said, (2) what they did not say and (3) what it means for the rest of the state.

September 26, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The one fight to have before your wedding

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.

September 03, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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