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More on S.C. snakes

Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...

September 17, 2014 | Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

September 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Education and election year politics

Back when I was working on my master's degree, a professor in an administration class I was taking told us that if we didn't observe and understand what was going on around us politically, we wouldn't be effective administrators. I remember wondering what politics had to do with working with students, but I was young and naïve back then. What I have learned since then is that professor was 100 percent right.

September 15, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What the president said

Last week, I called for going after ISIL (or ISIS or IS, the Islamic State as it wants to call itself now), in full force. Admittedly, I wasn't very specific about that. Some may have thought I meant "boots on the ground," as opposed to only the air strikes the U.S. has already participated in.

September 15, 2014 | | Columns


Pretending to eat Southern

When business called Tink back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Marilyn’s place:

Around this time of year I get the hankering to head for the hills -- the North Carolina mountains, actually -- and this year the itch is coming on pretty heavily.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Tatum Summerville Journal Scene reporter | Columns


What hotel advertising REALLY means

Years ago, Holiday Inn had a slogan: "The best surprise is no surprise at all."

September 12, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Only college graduates need apply

You've heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation.

September 12, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lessons from the front lines

"No day shall erase you from the memory of time." - Virgil

September 12, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


‘Your hometown newspaper’

It's been said, with some degree of accuracy, the newspaper business is dying. At the Chronicle-Independent we're inclined to disagree with that, at least when it comes to this paper, and I'll tell you why. Let me assure you, it's not because it's where we work and where our paychecks come from, although we do honestly appreciate it. It's because we simply are the only source our readers have for the news that really matters to them on a local, personal level.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Congress’ whopper of a mess

Customers can be so demanding.

September 10, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gators, politicians and oil

As I write these words, I'm sitting on a rustic dock overlooking a beautiful, placid pond on a coastal South Carolina island. I'm surrounded by nothing but God's creations and natural beauty.

September 10, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Looking at Miss Bobbit

Saturday, I watched a film adaptation of the short story, "Children on Their Birthdays" by Truman Capote, which is one of my favorite short stories. The film is pretty similar to the book with little to no alterations.

September 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Going after the right people, again

James Foley. Steven Sotloff.

September 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A long, hard winter

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away or rather frosting its way into autumn, I took to noticing signs that our mountain people have always used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

September 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Admit, apologize, do better

To my fellow men of Earth, of any age:

October 20, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


This is Lewis Grizzard

Before our dear friend, Ed Parks, died, he would invite us up to his house in Highlands on a Sunday and say, "We'll have ...

October 20, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Me too: how I found my outrage

WASHINGTON -- Depending upon one's distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we've been ...

October 20, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


McRae’s Superfine Flour, continued

When I left you in the middle of the story of McRae's Mill in last month's column, I promised to continue this month ...

October 20, 2017 | By Camden Archives Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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


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