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Leaders must set example for open government

I got a call from a school board member recently asking what to do when her board goes into executive session and then talks about things that cannot legally be discussed there.

August 05, 2011 | Bill Rogers Executive director, S.C. Press Association | Columns


Got game?

I am not ashamed to admit that, at the instant the ref blows his final whistle and the scoreboard flaunts her last digits, a palpable degree of sadness, of disappointment comes over me like a dark cloud stealing the sun's warmth on a winter day. Reality sets in. Football season is over. The rivalries and intensity, the festivities and friends, the tradition -- all will be missed until next season. And I'm not alone. For many, it's about playing the game but, in more, watching the game. The game, defined one way as "a physical competition conducted according ...

August 05, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Teen mothers, show seem to have lost their way

Last year, I wrote a column defending MTV's popular reality show, "Teen Mom."

August 05, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Throw the bums out

Back when I was in journalism school -- in the days when Gutenberg was still trying to figure out movable type and four guys named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were just starting to jot down their thoughts -- we were always taught to be subtle when writing opinion pieces.

August 05, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Tiger's return brings added questions

Last time golf fans saw Tiger Woods at a PGA event he couldn't make it to the final round at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Set to make his comeback this week at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Woods has had two months to recuperate from that forgettable performance at the Players and will now try to return to that championship-winning mindset that defined his game for so long.

August 03, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


The Tea Fragger Party

Fragging: "To intentionally kill or wound (one's superior officer, etc.), esp. with a hand grenade."

August 03, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Breivik's real enemy: himself

Anders Breivik, the far-far-right-wing monster charged in Norway with the biggest mass murder by a single gunman in modern memory, reminds me of how often delusional minds hate others for what they really see in themselves.

August 01, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


I'll take the middle road, thanks

Perhaps the best commentary I've read on the debt crisis came from Lou Zickar on CNN.com. Zickar wrote the commentary as the editor of The Ripon Forum, "a centrist Republican journal of political thought and opinion published by The Ripon Society."

August 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Why they teach

I enjoy summer as much as anyone. By about mid-July, though, I am very ready for the new school year to begin. There are probably a fair number of parents who feel the same way, but maybe for somewhat different reasons. The feeling of renewal that a new school year brings is always exciting.

August 01, 2011 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Missing Amy Winehouse

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a serious Amy Winehouse fan.

July 29, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Rec facility an opportunity to expand sports tourism

In Camden, we are known for our rich history, our generous hospitality and our renowned horse culture.

July 29, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Juan Williams' payback time

Revenge is a dish that is best served cold, as an old saying goes. Juan Williams, the Fox News analyst who was famously fired last fall from NPR, serves up a generous platter of the cold dish in his latest book, if only as an appetizer.

July 29, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Not tonight, dear

WASHINGTON -- If only the migraine problem had been Mitt's. Or Newt's. Or any man's rather than a woman's.

July 27, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ard's ethics violations put spotlight on office

Ken Ard has turned his job as lieutenant governor from one of virtual irrelevancy to one shrouded in controversy and scrutiny after racking up thousands of dollars in ethics violations since being sworn in six months ago.

July 27, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Time to reform pension system

While it doesn't often make headlines, funding the State Retirement System is among the most important challenges facing state government.

July 25, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller general | Columns


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The man who played Tony’s piano

On the Maine island where Wife Nancy and I spend time, Church of Our Father sits nestled among the hills near a small harbor called Hulls Cove.

August 01, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Smart people, smart ideas

When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.

August 01, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sick? Some of you can stay home

NEW YORK -- Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who've never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that's a good thing.

August 01, 2014 | | Columns


New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns


Rock of Ages

I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...

July 30, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Me Inc. offers plenty of dividends

WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."

July 30, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The legend of Lloyd Seay

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Star Trek ... in the news!

OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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