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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: Waylon’s advice hits the mark

My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County called me, all hot and bothered, about the big outlaw gang biker shootout a couple weeks ago in Waco, Texas.

May 29, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Mischner: Glenn Tucker, a helluva newspaperman

After many, many years, today may be Glenn Tucker's final column with the Chronicle-Independent (hopefully, he may choose to periodically write one from time to time when he gets the urge). Additionally, he has written the lion's share of this newspapers editorials and that important duty will now be handled by others at the newspaper.

May 29, 2015 | Mike Mischner | Columns


Phillips: ‘To protect and serve’

Every now and then I revisit a topic I've already written about here, especially when there's new information to pass along or a new observation I've made or conclusion I've reached. Such is the case this week.

May 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Parker: Being Bill Kristol

WASHINGTON -- One can understand why The Weekly Standard's William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.

May 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Parker: Who’s the studliest of them all?

WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

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


Noble: S.C. profiles in courage

As a very young boy of 9 years old, I first became interested in politics when my father off-handedly encouraged me to watch the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate in 1960. It changed my life -- literally.

May 27, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Note to self…

The great comedian Bill Engvall coined the catch phrase, "Here's your sign."

May 27, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cahn: The news from next door

I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a $100 bill in hand.

May 25, 2015 | | Columns


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