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Working for freedom of information

During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open government. I have done this not just because my job depends on the freedom of information, but because having access to government information is crucial for every single man, woman and child in the state.

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


We were told there’d be dirt

WASHINGTON -- That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother of All Tipping Points.

July 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The joy of a good mud hole

It's hard to find a good mud hole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

July 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Coding movement sweeping the world, nation and state

All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding movement is sweeping the country.

July 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lessons from a ‘local’

Recently, during a visit to Gorges State Park in the North Carolina mountains, I was privileged to see an amazing, rare and, yes, somewhat unnerving sight.

July 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump's lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that his words were damaging to our international status and democracies around the world.

July 11, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New life at Mather

I recently visited the new Cedarbrook apartment community and quickly realized it is perfectly suited to bring new life to the former Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy property.

July 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 11, 2017

2015 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch is not a happy camper.

July 11, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


17 years

It was exactly 17 years ago Wednesday morning, to the day, that I walked in the doors of the Chronicle-Independent as an employee for the first time. For many reasons I've explained in the past, Wednesday, July 5, 2000, was my Independence Day.

July 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Ignorance is bliss

As a goal-oriented engineer who believes we should all be lifelong learners, the phrase, "ignorance is bliss" has always made me shake my head in disagreement. Phrases like "knowledge is power" or "learn something new every day" are more compatible with my mode of thinking. I believe I must be able to argue both sides of an issue if I want to claim I am educated on that issue. This philosophy requires that I listen with an open mind to opposing views, even if that makes me uncomfortable, anxious or even angry. However, as I approach an age where aches ...

July 07, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Love of country

My family celebrated our country's 241st birthday in Pawley's Island this past Tuesday. Spending July 4th at the beach never fails to deliver a grand display of patriotism, fireworks, American flags, and of course, extreme temperatures. Those who know me best are aware of the simple fact I could celebrate this holiday just about every single day of the year.

July 07, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


South Carolina’s impending $19 billion robbery

"Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen." -- Woody Guthrie

July 07, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Independence Day reflections

I love the Fourth of July -- everything it represents.

July 04, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Remembering Mr. Ben

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden Isles, but we are normally on St. Simons or Sea Island so it had been a few years since I had been on Jekyll.

July 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Local heroes

He listened to the sharks attack his shipmates and prayed that he would be rescued. On Dec. 8, 1941, Coolie Hinson decided to drop out of Baron DeKalb High and fight the Japanese. He joined the Navy and, nine months later on the 8th of August in 1942, he was treading water because his ship, the USS Vincennes, was sunk in the Battle of the Savoy Islands.

July 04, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Autumn leaves and woolly worms

With the advent of autumn comes yet another memory I'll never lose, no matter how much I imbibe.

October 17, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON -- Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody's a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the ...

October 17, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


CACCE meeting was enlightening, informative

I have recently returned from a Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the content of the learning sessions as ...

October 17, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Schools can’t develop workforce alone

Every time there's a societal, economic or other crisis issue of some sort, public schools are usually expected to solve it … oftentimes without any ...

October 17, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why I’m not watching new ‘Trek’

For those of you who follow the goings on in the entertainment world, you might have noticed that the first new Star Trek TV show ...

October 13, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The big fish

Life hosts so many things to ponder. Have you ever pondered what 211 pounds of fish looks like, or better yet, what 1,540.08 ...

October 13, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Oct. 13, 2017

It's October, and only seven races remain in NASCAR's playoffs. (On a side note, I'm still stymied regarding the reason why NASCAR ...

October 13, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Steps toward solutions

"If I can't fix it, it ain't broke."

October 13, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Distracting ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn't the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that ...

October 10, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ruby and Louise

On the drive home from a speaking engagement in Savannah, I answered a call from Tink, who sounded fairly frantic.

October 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Join the team for child car safety

Our children are the most precious parts of our lives. My own kids mean the world to me, and not too long ago I was ...

October 10, 2017 | By Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Country store memories

Each time the big rock hears a rooster crow, it spins completely around.

October 10, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not ...

October 06, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


I think not…

Most of us awoke Monday morning to the horrific news coming out of Las Vegas of a lone gunman killing 59 people at a country ...

October 06, 2017 | Paula Joseph | Columns


The people of the mills

In his book "The Most They Ever Had," the Southern writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg writes, "As a boy, I was a little ...

October 06, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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