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Lighten up on the first lady

WASHINGTON -- The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on First Lady Michelle Obama.

April 02, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Why fake is sometimes OK

When it comes to tanning, fake is OK with me. Wait, let me clarify, fake in the sense of spray tan or self-tanners, not tanning bed fake. I think one realization I've come to over the years is that skin care is absolutely essential as I grow older. This includes moisturizing daily and always wearing sunscreen.

April 02, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


S.C. and missing the future

You may not know the name, but we in South Carolina need to listen to Larry Page. He is a very bright and very rich young man.

April 02, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fifty minus one and counting

In 362 days, I will be 50 years old. That means I am already three days into my 50th year of life. In other words, Friday was my 49th birthday.

March 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Merging and purging

For years, I blamed it on those richly royal blue suede high heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

March 31, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A little bit about....

THIS……

March 28, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Let’s fill up ‘The Cup’

What I am told is the biggest annual event in Kershaw County is tomorrow, and I get to experience it for the first time. The 82nd Carolina Cup is here, and as the newest member of the Chronicle-Independent staff, I get the honor of attending and documenting the event.

March 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Frosts and Freezes not over, oh my!

To say these past few months have been cold is an understatement and while my northern roots have relished getting my wool sweaters out of the cedar chest, our trees and other plants have not had the ability to bundle up for warmth. No matter how you slice it, our woody friends have been exposed to dramatically cold temperatures this winter and even though spring is officially here, we have yet to see how Mother Nature's wintery touch has affected (or may still affect) all things green.

March 28, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dershowitz & Starr: A matter of principle

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.

March 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The über-wealthy and their toys

We read about people who make hundreds of millions of dollars a year, but for most of us, it's difficult to even imagine such wealth.

March 28, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A map never hurt anyone

In this changing world, I occasionally find myself looking for the things that last. What I mean is, basically everything from the way we do business to entertainment to communication has been revolutionized over the past 20 to 30 years with the advent of computers and the Internet. Computers are awesome, but there are times you just need a person rather than a machine to help you out.

March 26, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Finland: the best schools in the world

We hear lots of talk, especially around election time, about improving schools in South Carolina. What we don't hear much about is what a truly world class school would look like, or how we would go about creating such a thing.

March 26, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Basketball prowess

When I listened to the news yesterday, I heard that a school resource officer (and part-time policeman) was in trouble for a problem concerning a basketball and lack of respect from a student. While I do now know what happened -- just that, according to the news, the gentlemen shoved a 14-year-old male. I also had a problem concerning these two, except my male student was older. I did not receive coverage in the newspaper or the television. Here is what happened.

March 26, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Photo-oping salvation

WASHINGTON -- This week's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

March 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


An award and an honorable mention

I was absolutely thrilled Saturday with the C-I's win of the Reid Montgomery FOI award from the S.C. Press Association. It was a real surprise. A good number of papers in this state spend a lot of their time on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and open government issues. Some of them file FOIA requests right and left. Some papers' stories end up setting legal precedents.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Outrageous

You know what the most commonly used word in the English language seems to be?

April 18, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


“Robert Mills: Designs for Democracy”

Robert Mills was the first American born and trained architect. He called himself "Robert Mills, Architect of Public Buildings." Indeed, Mills established a new scale and standard for public buildings in Washington, D. C. when he designed the Treasury Building, the Patent Office, and the General Post Office in the 1830s and early 1840s. In other parts of the country, Mills designed buildings that were sensitive to regional values and local architectural traditions. Always his attention was on permanency and fireproofing for his public buildings.

April 18, 2014 | Katherine Richardson | Columns


I don’t ride anything that can make its own decisions

Camden is, without a doubt, a horse town. Kershaw County is a horse county and the love for horses extends throughout this great area of South Carolina. However, it stops at my door.

April 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


My preperation for Easter

Easter is a holiday of two extremes. On one side is a covert celebration of springtime with cute bunnies and pretty dresses and Easter egg hunts and chicks and flowers and lambs. On the other is a lamb being slaughtered on Passover. There is a bloodstained cross on which a Jewish man is dying who proclaimed that he was the Son of God, and that he had to be killed so that God's wrath against my sins could be carried out not against me but against him.

April 18, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Columns


Erasing the race card

WASHINGTON -- One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

April 18, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


A scorned South Carolina hero

April 11, 2014 was a very important day in the history of South Carolina. Few people noticed that anything much happened – but I would argue that this was the day we as a state did two very important things.

April 16, 2014 | Phil Noble | Columns


The Colbert Report

WASHINGTON -- In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.

April 16, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Diamonds are the ‘better gang’ now

Americans love their sports. We especially love baseball, basketball, football and hockey. We love the Super Bowl, March Madness, the Stanley Cup and World Series.

April 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Focusing on finding the best healthcare outcomes

Recently, I attended the Congress on Healthcare Leadership presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and I was most impressed by one presentation: Building the New Healthcare Delivery System. In particular, I was struck by the fact that healthcare executives from across the country were focused almost exclusively on this new world of healthcare and its impact on how the organizations they lead are designed.

April 14, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Beautiful in a different way

She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round that they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.

April 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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