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On my cartoons you can see I go by my last name, Ariail. If you read the letters to the editor in the papers that carry my work you'd find I go by a few other names as well. But that's how it should be. Editorial pages and editorial cartoons are forums for expressing opinions and different ideas that on occasion clash with those of the reader. Editorials and cartoons can inform the reader on issues of the day and hopefully, provoke thought and discussion. That's their primary role.

February 06, 2013 | By Robert Ariail C-I guest columnist | Columns


Pleasures, products and profits from the ‘Vine’

"When the first European explorers cast eyes on the strange shores of North America, they saw a plentitude of native grapes." So wrote viticulture authority University of South Carolina professor Dr. George S. Shields.

February 04, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


From I don't to I do

WASHINGTON -- More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage.

February 04, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Examining the NYT’s Chicago gun story

Several weeks ago, we ran a column by Chicago-based Clarence Page about the "virus" of Chicago violence in relation to the national gun control debate. He noted that there were 506 murders in Chicago in 2012 compared to only 418 in New York City. He didn't mention how many were committed by using a gun or other firearm.

February 04, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Musial one of the greatest

I'm not much of a baseball fan, but I miss the days when I was -- a few decades ago, when the sport was indeed the national pastime and was the primary topic of conversation whenever boys of any age -- from 7 to 70 -- got together.

February 01, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Where certainty ends....

How do we regard change in our lives? Do we view change as a good thing, simply a revision of the timeworn replaced by a positive update perhaps? Or do we see change as a painstaking event, an alteration of the ordinary? Do we know the timing of change or does it arrive as a complete surprise? Is change perpetual or as random as snow in Camden? There is change that skulks in at the most unexpected moments like an uninvited guest. And then there's the type of change we invite in and embrace with open arms. Some change ...

February 01, 2013 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Can the GOP escape its bubble?

Here we go again. Whenever I try to offer a little helpful advice to Republican leaders, I have grown accustomed to hearing from some cranky conservative or two who blow me off, saying they're "not about to take advice from a liberal like you" -- or words to that effect.

February 01, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


On becoming an amateur yogi

One of my new goals in life is to become an amateur yogi.

February 01, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


A buzzing in Charlotte?

Nostalgia must truly be in the air. In a two-week span, NBA fans in Seattle have been treated to the return of the SuperSonics, while a name change in New Orleans may help bring the Hornets nickname back to the city of Charlotte.

January 30, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


The sirens of the Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- It must be true what they say about women -- that they are smarter, stronger, wiser and wilier than your average Joe.

January 30, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


SC data breach: things to know to protect your ID

As a result of the information security breach at the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) that was detected on October 10, 2012, the Social Security numbers and business tax identification numbers of approximately 3.6 million South Carolinians have been compromised.

January 30, 2013 | | Columns


No patsy now

WASHINGTON -- My inner Pollyanna was basking in blissfulness, rolling in the hay of righteous rhetoric, backstroking through the sunny sibilance of aspiration.

January 28, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The Wheel of Time never really ends

Since last October, I've spent part of my time in another world. For about three months, I reread the massive fantasy series The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. The final book, A Memory of Light, came out Jan. 8 and I was smart -- and loyal -- enough to pre-order it from our local bookstore in order to take advantage of a pretty great sale price.

January 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


NRA shoots down its own ideas

Sometimes the leaders of the National Rifle Association don't seem to know how to take "yes" for an answer.

January 28, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Enough about Beyonce

I'm not a Beyonce-hater … but I'm tired of Beyonce. I think she is a great performer and singer and I love some Destiny's Child, but I'm over her.

January 25, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


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Tucker: A mix of casinos, liquor and blackjack

"Hey," said the guy next to me at the blackjack table, "you know what they call people who hang around casinos?"

March 27, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Wacko birds nesting in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON -- President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

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


Phillips: Take the money and run

Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - March 27, 2015

Spring is here in the City and the Bradford pears look so pretty.

March 27, 2015 | Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - March 27, 2015

If I had to list the drivers people have asked me about over the years, Kurt Busch wouldn't be in the top 10.

March 27, 2015 | | Columns


Parker: Let’s not talk

WASHINGTON -- I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish it to be.

March 25, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: Take my tent … please!

Today's reflection is about things I just don't do anymore.

March 25, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Wilson: Fighting back against food stamp fraud

Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint and their homes are not burglarized. But, they are the victims of theft just the same. Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.

March 25, 2015 | By Alan Wilson, S.C. Attorney General C-I guest columnist | Columns


Cahn: ‘Madam Secretary’ is terrific TV

From 1999 to 2006, I tuned in to every episode of "The West Wing" starring Martin Sheen. It was one of the smartest shows I've ever watched with a superb cast and excellent writing. Like every television show, it had its ups and downs. Its detractors felt it was too idyllic and -- being an Aaron Sorkin product, like "The Newsroom" in more recent years -- too preachy.

March 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The American Dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised I sometimes see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with the disagreement.

March 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: Revving engines is sound of adventure

Flowers are blooming, the sky's blue and it's motorcycle-riding season.

March 20, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Phillips: The times, they are a-changin’

OK, so the time changed nearly two weeks ago, but this week's installment of my thoughts and musings is about the recent time change and the proverbial "extra hour of daylight" we get to enjoy from now until autumn.

March 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Richardson: Spring fever brings summer bounty

The daffodils are nodding their pretty yellow heads all over town. To me, they are the harbingers of spring, blooming long before the weather is really warm. They give us hope the warm days really will return soon. In my yard, they pop up in the bed by my yard's Victorian cast iron fence -- in the bed I meant to transform into a perennial cottage garden wonderland. Twenty-one years ago, when we moved in, I dug a vegetable plot in the back yard and the long border bed out front. Back then, when I was doing historic preservation consulting ...

March 20, 2015 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sunshine Week: Emails are subject to FOIA

The controversy encircling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina.

March 20, 2015 | By Trisha O'Connor, SCPA FOI Committee Chair C-I guest columnist | Columns


Parker: Hillary Clinton’s secret mess

WASHINGTON -- On March 2, the story broke Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state.

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


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