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Sunshine Week: Despite successes, FOIA needs improvement

It's Sunshine Week in South Carolina and the nation.

March 18, 2015 | By Bill Rogers, SCPA executive director C-I guest columnist | Columns


Parker: Hillary & the media -- Act 2016

WASHINGTON -- Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.

March 18, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: Sunshine Week -- Your right to know

This week marks the 10th annual observance of Sunshine Week by, primarily, the nation's newspapers, but other forms of media as well.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Old money and old yards

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, "Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through." I think, "Oh, one day…."

March 16, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Morgan: Education -- A catalyst for economic development

Economic development is undoubtedly the front burner topic in our state and in Kershaw County. For good reason. Economic development is the key to stable employment and to developing and nurturing a tax base that will support community needs for education, public safety, recreation, roads and infrastructure, and human services.

March 16, 2015 | By Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Joseph: It’s in the numbers…

The grumbles resonated from the kitchen. The sound wasn't particularly loud or piercing at least in the beginning. I guess you could describe it as a low, irregular whine of sorts. I walked in and there he was -- my 11-year old son slumped over his math sheet looking as if the world would end if he did not finish the problems before him. Of course, he was absolute in the fact his mom could not help him with this "math Armageddon." He insisted he would fight this battle alone. I thought to myself, "Does anyone like math? He must ...

March 16, 2015 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tucker: Free speech isn’t absolute

Here's a good thing about the internet: it gives everyone a chance to be heard.

March 13, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: Cyberbully attacks on women

WASHINGTON -- The first time my dad noticed somebody on the internet had called me an idiot, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

March 13, 2015 | By Catherine Rampbell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: Promises, promises

This column is printed every Friday in the Chronicle-Independent, but, like everything else we do, it has to be written at least a day or two ahead of going to print. I normally write my column on Wednesday. That's what I did last week, as usual. My point is, I would have written this column last week if I could have.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Tatum: Very superstitious…

"Very superstitious, writings on the wall

March 11, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Mims: Life-long crape myrtle enthusiast has more to say

A friend told me I should have kept my mouth shut and should not have written the letter to the editor concerning crepe myrtles. Why? … because she cannot ride down DeKalb Street without seeking the tree that is different from all others and "doesn't want to cause a wreck." I also received a call this morning informing me that my sleuthing missed the real reason for the Crape murder column. Tree pruning in the historic district was the cause of the column rather than my choice of the only "different" crepe myrtle on DeKalb. It is just that when ...

March 11, 2015 | Richard Mims C-I guest columnist | Columns


Parker: Dunking the president

WASHINGTON -- With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.

March 11, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: When justice is derailed, we all lose

I'm not the bloodthirsty sort. I don't usually cry out for devastating vengeance against groups or individuals. If there was one person I wanted to know was heading to the electric chair, however, it was Nickolas Jermaine Miller, who will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for brutally murdering Beverly Hope Melton in December 2011.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The ‘Justified’ South

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are both amazed and appreciative.

March 09, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gunn: Employee engagement drives performance improvement

During the past year, the administration and board of trustees of KershawHealth have made a concerted effort to ensure our employee team both understands and embraces the hospital's role in our community. We celebrated those relationships with the YouAreVital and What Matters Most marketing campaigns, with town hall meetings and other internal initiatives. It's had an impact I recognize every day in our team members who are energized and excited by what we are accomplishing and about our future.

March 09, 2015 | By KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tucker: Prom night

I was browsing through a community newspaper recently -- not this one -- when I came across photos from the senior prom at a particular high school.

May 22, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Bab(i)es on campus

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.

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


Phillips: All flash and no substance

I am a musician, so I am, of course, also a big music fan. As far back as my memory can stretch, way before I ever learned to play an instrument, I loved to listen to music. Mostly it was on the radio, but my parents and older sister had a few record albums, too.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 22, 2015

Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.

May 22, 2015 | | Columns


Parker: Jeb Bush’s unfortunate honesty

WASHINGTON -- You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

May 20, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: Memorial Day reflections -- Reprise

I have a picture -- probably my favorite of my parents -- which sits on my desk in my office at home. It was taken circa 1960, give or take a year or two, on the evening of the West Point Founder's Day ball.

May 20, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Noble: The myth of the lost cause and the reality of S.C.’s future

More than 60 percent of us who live in South Carolina today were born here. As native South Carolinians, we grew up imbibing the history, heritage and myths of the South. And there is no stronger myth of the South than the myth of the Lost Cause, as beautifully and brilliantly portrayed by the 1939 romantic historical film epic, Gone With the Wind.

May 20, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: My other dream location -- Australia!

Last week, I revealed my birthday wish come true of traveling to New Orleans next month -- my No. 1 choice of cities to visit I've never been in before.

May 18, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: When time melts away

It was over Sunday dinner when my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend, the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible, was sitting vigil with her husband as death crept close.

May 18, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Morgan: Favorite teachers and memories

One of the groups I meet with on a regular basis is Student Cabinet, which is made up of students from each of our three high schools. It's always interesting and informative for me to hear the insights, opinions and perspectives from this very formidable group of young people. They don't hold back on what they think, which is a good thing.

May 18, 2015 | By Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - May 18, 2015

It is a rare occurrence, but occasionally in the world of professional sports an individual comes along who becomes the standard bearer for his particular field of competition.

May 18, 2015 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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