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Friends are the family you get to choose

Last week, two poignant events occurred in my life. The first was that I celebrated turning another year older, the second being the death of one of my very best friends' mother after a brutal battle with cancer. During the course of the week, I experienced a variety of conflicting emotions from utter heartbreak of losing someone close to me and also "celebration" that I was able to turn another year older. This was difficult due to the fact that some of the people closest to me, including myself, were grieving the loss of a life during a time that ...

May 08, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Still moving foward

The present concern of the city council, working with the Camden Business Alliance led by Jonathan Bazinet and Patricia Richardson, remains our downtown. Without question, the Lowes/Walmart/Kmart shopping district on the west side of town will continue to thrive, as it should, but for most people driving into Camden off I-20, downtown Broad Street sets the tone of who we are and makes a statement about our community identity.

May 08, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Prude or prudent?

WASHINGTON -- They lost me at the word "women."

May 06, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Public records are public everywhere

I should really add the following to the headline of today's column: "...or at least they should be."

May 06, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Corner of Broad and York

Introduction

May 06, 2013 | | Columns


Monitoring ‘Generation M2’

"You've got mail!" Ah, the words so many of us associate with our first email accounts, our AOL email accounts. Hearing that proverbial voice almost produced an air of excitement in an otherwise monotonous day behind our desks, a welcomed distraction in the daily grind. Of course, a great deal has changed since the late '90s. My son was quick to tell me recently our AOL account was a dinosaur and we should really update as soon as possible. He belongs to what some call "Generation M2," highly tech-savvy children ages 8 to 18, whose lives are immersed in ...

May 03, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Show some appreciation everyday

As the Chronicle-Independent's education reporter, April usually brings lots of "graduations" and ceremonies celebrating students' achievements from throughout their high school career. Last year, I determined, and confirmed this year, that if I ever have a child I will be one of those moms who cries at all of my kids events.

May 03, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Tucker for President -- of Clemson

Clemson University is looking for a new president, and I'm interested in the job.

May 03, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Give ‘bomb control’ a chance

He thought his wife was in love with another man, police say, so James L. McFillin of Baltimore decided to blow the other man up.

May 01, 2013 | | Columns


Sexuality in athletics

Earlier this week, NBA player Jason Collins came out to the public as being gay. His announcement made headlines on just about every news website and blog that I scanned over and, of course, Facebook and Twitter were taken over with personal opinions regarding the subject. I support Collins and commend him on his bravery for deciding to "come out of the closet" and to be honest with the public about his sexuality. I'm proud of how far we as a society have come that key professional athletes are able to be open about who they are and are ...

May 01, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


The Bush I knew

WASHINGTON -- In a reprieve from the horror of the most recent terrorist attack, the nation's attentions turned to the man who declared the war on terrorism, George W. Bush.

May 01, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Big Al and the rabbit fish

More than 50 years ago, I spent many a day fishing with my maternal grandfather on Lake Wateree. He was known to all as Daddy John and the lake was always called The River. Daddy John knew the location of every Bream/Crappy-Bed and Catfish-Hole at The River. Amazingly, he knew all of the fish in the lake by name. He also knew a great big turtle that he affectionately called Big Al.

April 29, 2013 | By William 'Rusty' Major C-I guest columnist | Columns


A few items from the grab bag

This is one of those weeks where I don't have any one thing in particular to write about. That is due in part, at least, to the fact that I was sick most of last week with a touch of bronchitis. What fun.

April 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The terror of not knowing

WASHINGTON -- As the manhunt for the Boston bombers reached its climactic conclusion, Americans of all hues and backgrounds heaved a sigh of relief. Thank goodness it wasn't ... fill in the blank:

April 29, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gay marriage battle not same as civil rights movement

No one wants to be labeled a bigot. Not in this day or age. Not at this time in American culture, and especially not pertaining to the current battle on gay marriage.

April 29, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Columns


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Beware of sloppy journalism

Elsewhere on this website is our editorial about the Zemp Stadium scoreboard.

July 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Poor everyone

WASHINGTON -- Eventually, everyone in this town seems to wind up with the word "poor" in front of his or her name.

July 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Summer at CMA

The temperature is rising and vacations have commenced, which signals that summer is in full swing. That leads some to believe that school is out ...

July 28, 2017 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Moment of Nature - July 28, 2017

Having received positive feedback to last month's column regarding tree questions, I thought it appropriate to continue the series, as there are lots of ...

July 28, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Jumping the shark

P.J. O'Rourke, the editor of American Consequences and one of my heroes of journalism -- one of the funniest writers on the planet and ...

July 25, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Homage to a great editor

WASHINGTON -- Behind every great column is a great editor -- a truism never more so than when Alan Shearer puts highlighter (not red pen) to copy.

July 25, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The end to a great character

One of my favorite characters ever and one that readers have unfailingly enjoyed is my friend, Poet, the scion of a cotton family who speaks ...

July 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The love of animals

Your pedigree, history and looks don't matter for a special Kershaw County area couple. If you are an animal and need help -- Tony and ...

July 25, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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


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