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17 years

It was exactly 17 years ago Wednesday morning, to the day, that I walked in the doors of the Chronicle-Independent as an employee for the first time. For many reasons I've explained in the past, Wednesday, July 5, 2000, was my Independence Day.

July 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Ignorance is bliss

As a goal-oriented engineer who believes we should all be lifelong learners, the phrase, "ignorance is bliss" has always made me shake my head in disagreement. Phrases like "knowledge is power" or "learn something new every day" are more compatible with my mode of thinking. I believe I must be able to argue both sides of an issue if I want to claim I am educated on that issue. This philosophy requires that I listen with an open mind to opposing views, even if that makes me uncomfortable, anxious or even angry. However, as I approach an age where aches ...

July 07, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Love of country

My family celebrated our country's 241st birthday in Pawley's Island this past Tuesday. Spending July 4th at the beach never fails to deliver a grand display of patriotism, fireworks, American flags, and of course, extreme temperatures. Those who know me best are aware of the simple fact I could celebrate this holiday just about every single day of the year.

July 07, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


South Carolina’s impending $19 billion robbery

"Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen." -- Woody Guthrie

July 07, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Independence Day reflections

I love the Fourth of July -- everything it represents.

July 04, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Remembering Mr. Ben

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden Isles, but we are normally on St. Simons or Sea Island so it had been a few years since I had been on Jekyll.

July 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Local heroes

He listened to the sharks attack his shipmates and prayed that he would be rescued. On Dec. 8, 1941, Coolie Hinson decided to drop out of Baron DeKalb High and fight the Japanese. He joined the Navy and, nine months later on the 8th of August in 1942, he was treading water because his ship, the USS Vincennes, was sunk in the Battle of the Savoy Islands.

July 04, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The ties that bind

The village blacksmith went to church on Sunday, sat among his boys, and heard the parson pray and preach. When his daughter's voice in the choir so sweetly rang out with long remembered melodies, once more he fondly thought of her mother who lay below in the church yard cemetery. With his huge calloused hand, he brushed a tear from his eyes.

July 04, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


The positivity factor

"So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'" -- Howard Beale, as played by Peter Finch, in "Network" (1976).

June 30, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


What’s ailing healthcare

WASHINGTON -- The Senate health care bill, which was scuttled Tuesday until after July 4, was doomed by two narratives: Republicans are mean, and poor people would be dropping like flies.

June 30, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The sorry state of women in South Carolina

It has always been a source of great bewilderment to me the huge hypocritical gulf between how we, as Southern men, talk about women -- and how we treat them.

June 30, 2017 | | Columns


Moment of Nature - June 30, 2017

This is what I often hear after meeting someone new and they discover I'm an arborist -- and most times I'm able to assist them. If you have a tree in your yard or one street-side, perhaps you've wondered about a particular tree thing. If so, here is Part 1 of some common tree questions I receive.

June 30, 2017 | | Columns


A funny thing happened at the mailbox

The day I received my very first package from this group, I nearly had apoplexy. That in and of itself should have clued me that maybe I did need to join them after all.

June 27, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Tink and the Garanimals

It is a sure bet, I am certain, that I am not the only wife with a husband who cares little about clothes. Like many wives, particularly Southern ones, I purchase his clothes and put together his wardrobe.

June 27, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My brain on NASCAR - June 27, 2017

I am willing to wager that mine wasn't the only dry eye in the Palmetto State when Ryan Blaney claimed his first-ever Monster Energy Cup Series victory at Pocono Raceway on June 11, driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing. In fact, I'm a little surprised our little ol' state didn't wash away entirely on a sea of happy tears.

June 27, 2017 | | Columns


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Executive sessions for ‘specific purpose’

Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their ...

July 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Alexander Young

From 1807 until his death in 1856, Camden was the home of an extraordinarily talented and intelligent individual named Alexander Young. He was born on ...

July 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 21, 2017

On July 8, under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. won his third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, although in this ...

July 21, 2017 | | Columns


Holiday PTSD

Welcome to July in South Carolina.

July 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular of presidents sometimes do great things.

July 18, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

July 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A very good year!

Once the end of the school year arrives and the dust settles a bit, we are in full planning mode for the coming year, and ...

July 18, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Working for freedom of information

During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


We were told there’d be dirt

WASHINGTON -- That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother ...

July 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The joy of a good mud hole

It's hard to find a good mud hole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

July 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Coding movement sweeping the world, nation and state

All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding ...

July 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lessons from a ‘local’

Recently, during a visit to Gorges State Park in the North Carolina mountains, I was privileged to see an amazing, rare and, yes, somewhat unnerving ...

July 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump's lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that ...

July 11, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New life at Mather

I recently visited the new Cedarbrook apartment community and quickly realized it is perfectly suited to bring new life to the former Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy property.

July 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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