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When politics stop working

Former first lady Betty Ford's funeral reminded many of us of how great she was. She also left some timely reminders of how great we could be, too.

July 22, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Overseas cash proves double-edged sword for campaigns

The 2012 presidential race made its first splash overseas last month after Republican candidate Mitt Romney held an official campaign fundraiser in London.

July 20, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A story not quite right

WASHINGTON -- Most would agree that one would have to stoop pretty low to question the story of a man's mother's death.

July 20, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


When 'journalism' runs amok

"Journalism" is not a word one should attach to the now, thankfully, defunct News of the World. It certainly didn't practice the type of journalism we here at the C-I engage in ... and never will, I might add.

July 18, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Indulge yourself, sometimes

WASHINGTON -- I'd like to speak up for Michelle Obama's 1,700-calorie lunch the other day at Shake Shack. ShackBurger, 490 calories. Fries, 470. Chocolate shake, 740.

July 18, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Rural electrification of Kershaw County

C. H. "Herb" Leaird, CEO of Black River Electric Cooperative, Inc., recently wrote, "Do you have a recollection of when electric power was extended to the Cassatt area? We want to assemble a more accurate history of Black River Electric Cooperative, Inc. Will you help us in Kershaw County?"

July 18, 2011 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


Britain's tabloid scandal sounds familiar

It is with a mixture of outrage and envy that an old-school newspaper veteran like me views Great Britain's newspaper hacking scandal.

July 18, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


When athletes had honor...

On the Maine island where Wife Nancy and I spend time, I come in contact with lots of tourists -- over the course of a season, thousands of them who visit Acadia National Park.

July 15, 2011 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Sometimes justice is hard to take

As much as I tried to avoid being drawn in by the reality-TV drama known as the Casey Anthony trial, I was jerked alert by its conclusion, the most controversial murder acquittal since that of O.J. Simpson.

July 15, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Debt talks a case of politics, not principle

Most people are taught early on that they will not always get what they want in life. It's a lesson gained through personal experience, taught in schools, preached in churches and even the title of one of my favorite songs by the Rolling Stones," You Can't Always Get What You Want."

July 13, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


An illusory 'peace dividend'

For most of us, it's the season of sun, sand and backyard barbecues. But the U.S. Conference of Mayors seems to think it's Christmas.

July 13, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


The just-no-vote crowd

Washington -- A debt crisis is a terrible thing to waste in a presidential election season, and Democrats and Republicans alike are responding on cue.

July 13, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Writers Group | Columns


Veto session reveals differences

At the Governor's budget veto briefing, her Deputy Chief of Staff was tasked with explaining to the members of the legislature why the Governor vetoed roughly $105 million from the $5.8 billion General Fund budget and the entire $107 million Capital Reserve Appropriations bill.

July 11, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A response -- Author Chris Crutcher

I've been informed that my book, "Angry Management," has been removed from your summer reading list because a concerned parent, Douglas Berry, brought the "number of expletives" in the text to the attention of your district's Director of Communications.

July 11, 2011 | | Columns


Some scandals won't sit still

It's hard for a social commentator to keep up with all of the legal, moral and political lessons offered up by the still-unfolding Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex mess. But the most important is this: Don't rush to judgment.

July 11, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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Tucker: Lies, lies and more lies

Lying is in the news these days.

February 27, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Twitter as America’s conscience

WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.

February 27, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - Feb. 27, 2015

Murder is a strong word and truth be known it's not really what happens (unfortunately) when a crape myrtle, a Southern signature tree is topped, but it has become a familiar vernacular amongst plant people. If crape myrtles did in fact die when they were butchered, then the practice would stop.

February 27, 2015 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: The love litmus test

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.

February 25, 2015 | | Columns


Tatum: Surfing back to the library

"Seriously, moron? How about just clean up the place already!"

February 25, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Wilson: Another tragic display of South Carolina’s domestic violence problem

On Feb. 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina (USC) received a text message warning "SHOTS FIRED" -- two words which would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.

February 25, 2015 | By Alan Wilson, S.C. Attorney General C-I guest columnist | Columns


Cahn: ‘This isn’t why I moved down South’

During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Out of control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

February 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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