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Back to the real world...

Well, we made it back.

May 30, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Squeaky gets the blues

Yea, Squeaky's got 'em all right; any red-blooded American knows "The Blues" denote rhyme, rhythm, lyrics and notes picked, strummed, sung or whined, and in a minor key if possible. Squeaky, alias William H. VanDeaver the IV, Yankee panhandler come lately to Edisto Beach, saved from hunger and heat stroke by a single mom, waitress Cindy who was working at Whalen's restaurant and bar. If you read the local papers, you may remember Squeaky and Cindy striking up a friendship, Squeaky cleaning up his act, his story climaxing when Cindy revealed him to be the father of her ...

May 30, 2011 | Johnny Roland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


'Health care reform'

Welcome to "Health Care Reform" at our community level.

May 27, 2011 | Tray Dunaway, MD | Columns


Taking 'bullying' to an extreme

This teenage girl, you see, was thinking of having her oversized ears pinned back against her head in a surgical procedure.

May 27, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Lessons from a failed doom

Harold Camping, the religious broadcaster who said Judgment Day would come last weekend, now says he doesn't want to talk about that anymore. I'm sure he doesn't. But I don't believe he has received enough ridicule.

May 27, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Eat, drink and watch out

NEW YORK -- Once upon a time, Ma would say: "Sit up and eat your vegetables." Pa said: "Don't talk with your mouth full."

May 25, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


NBA draft: the known vs. the unproven

Every year around the time of the NBA Draft, the top sports outlets like Sports Illustrated and ESPN try to predict which players in high school, college and overseas will be the next stars of the NBA.

May 25, 2011 | Michael Ulmer C-I (Camden, S.C.) staff reporter | Columns


Republicans vs. invisibility

Donald Trump departed from the 2012 presidential race, which he never actually entered, in typical Trump style, supremely confident that he would have won if only he actually had run.

May 23, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Local footprints of history

The S. C. Confederation of Local Historical Societies held its 2011 annual convention in Walterboro April 14-16. Its conventions consist of a business meeting, presentations on historical topics, tours of local historic sites, and an awards banquet. The theme of this convention was the Revolutionary War.

May 23, 2011 | | Columns


‘Smallville’ finale was worth the wait

After 10 years and a sometimes absurd number of plot twists, Tom Welling -- er, Clark Kent -- finally flew.

May 23, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Boeing complaint would take away S.C. jobs

South Carolina is what's known as a "right to work" state -- meaning workers can't be forced to join a union. Twenty-two states have "right to work" laws safeguarding employees' rights to decide for themselves whether to join, or financially support, a union.

May 20, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller general | Columns


Presidential disqualifier

WASHINGTON -- Some people believe that Mitt Romney is unfit to be president because the health reform he instituted as Massachusetts governor included an individual mandate.

May 20, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


An un-common culture war

How delighted the Chicago-based rapper Common must be to find that someone still views him as controversial.

May 20, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Plentiful fuel

I just learned I'm going to save money! My apartment building in New York will switch from heating oil to cleaner natural gas. Gas is much cheaper than oil now because energy companies found ways to get more of it out of the ground.

May 20, 2011 | John Stossel Fox Business Network | Columns


Tales of the red tape

Hotels, restaurants, airlines and other businesses open to the public need to make some adjustments soon. The federal government says they must accommodate the animals that help the blind and others with disabilities.

May 18, 2011 | Edwin Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


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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


Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


51 days in a car with boys

If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.

July 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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