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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


Are the good guys finally winning?

So I read where a restaurant near Pittsburgh is finally implementing a policy I'd like to see everywhere: as of Friday, no children younger than 6 will be welcome there.

July 25, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Bachmann's 'submerged' benefits

She's a famous foe of "big government" in her presidential campaign. Yet Rep. Michele Bachmann says it is no big deal that her family is reported to have received several hundred thousand dollars in government benefits. We'll let the voters decide how big of a deal they think it is.

July 25, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Honor Caylee by helping children here today

Is she in Ohio? Is she in Puerto Rico?

July 22, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Good to the last clam

On the coast of Maine, a couple of hours down from Acadia National Park, there's a village with the wonderfully euphonious name of Wiscasset, and on its outskirts sits the Sea Basket.

July 22, 2011 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Fannie and Freddie: bad tenants

Want to improve the housing market? Evict Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

July 22, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


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


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Cahn: What the All-County students said

Several times during the nearly 15 years I've spent here at the Chronicle-Independent, I've had the privilege of covering the Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic Team banquet, as I did a week ago tonight. As I continue to work on the education beat I took over a few months ago, I'm sure I'll attend many more of these special events in the years to come.

April 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The fire

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was -- my sister and I -- and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

April 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: A long, proud history of incompetence

After I wrote a column last week detailing my secret dream of becoming a symphony conductor, my friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County called me.

April 24, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

WASHINGTON -- When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

April 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: The entitled generation

In what could be considered an extension of my column from last week, which was about the misuse and abuse of government programs such as "food stamps," EBT cards and welfare, I've been giving the matter a lot of thought on a broader scale.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Noble: Business leaders in ‘small town’ S.C.

It is often said South Carolina is a big small town where everyone knows everyone else. And if we don't know someone personally, then it's usually "I know who they are."

April 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: 2016 -- The woman trap

WASHINGTON -- Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.

April 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: No one seems to be discussing this

By now, everyone has weighed in on the various police transgressions all over the country.

April 22, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Jenkins: Nature is all you need

Much has been made in the last few years about the disconnect between children and nature. Richard Louv popularized the issue in his best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods. While the trend isn't necessarily intentional, it cannot be ignored either. The awareness we are attached to something more is a key component to our continued existence upon Earth. Fortunately, I think the roots of this respect are already planted in the passions of the most perfect people, our children.

April 22, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: Some Americans can’t vote for president

Who would have thought a goofy looking guy with bad teeth from Britain named John Oliver could make us laugh so hard about the insanity of American government excesses, healthcare bureaucracy and even something as seemingly boring as net neutrality?

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The chainsaw assault

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory which has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

April 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Morgan: Challenges

I was extremely pleased earlier this year to be invited with school board Chairman Ron Blackmon to participate in the Kershaw County Council planning retreat. It was a very informative experience for both of us. At the retreat, I was asked to outline what I see as the school district's most critical challenges. I've since been asked by several other groups to do the same presentation, so I thought what I had to say might be of interest.

April 20, 2015 | By Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tucker: My dream job? Smphony conductor

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

April 17, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Ring in the olde?

WASHINGTON -- Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.

April 17, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: For those who truly need it

I read with great interest last week news reports about a lawmaker in Missouri proposing tighter restrictions on what food products would be allowed to be purchased using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card is the modern-day equivalent of what is commonly called "food stamps," and is a government-provided program for people of lower income to acquire food. EBT cards have a benefit amount credited to them each month and at the store function the same as a debit or credit card.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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