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What are the General Assembly’s priorities on taxes?

South Carolina is known as a "red state" and a "conservative" state, and so one might be led to believe it's a place where non-"progressive," free-market policies reign. Certainly, South Carolina has a reputation for being a "low tax state." But the reputation is unearned. A brief look at the legislature's record on tax policy -- perhaps the most fundamental free market issue -- reveals a profound disconnect between reputation and reality.

May 05, 2014 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Our friends in blue

I have several different duties and assignments here at the Chronicle-Independent, but picking my favorite is not something I have to think very hard or long about. It's covering crime news and the activities and efforts of the Camden Police Department (CPD) and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). There's always something different, sometimes humorous and never boring. Every now and then it's tragic and that part is not fun at all, but our job is to get the news into the hands of the people, even if, or especially if, it's not good news.

May 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Going forward

In honor of all mothers in South Carolina -- "for all that they do," the newly formed Family Heritage Committee is sponsoring the First Annual South Carolina Mother's Day Festival this Saturday at Zemp Stadium. The inclusive event will celebrate mothers from all communities and backgrounds in our state. The festival includes a parade from City Hall to Zemp Stadium, a program with Dr. Brenda Williams as keynote speaker, food vendors, live entertainment, and kids' activities. Admission is free. If you want your mother in the parade, the fee is $10. All proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center; Sistercare; New ...

May 02, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mind your mouth

WASHINGTON -- Say what you will, but you'd best check for recording devices. Alternatively, you might check your thoughts.

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


The emotion of Appomattox

(Note: this column first appeared in 1990.)

May 02, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


GOP: Choose wisely or reap the whirlwind

WASHINGTON -- The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections.

April 30, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Saying goodbye to a friend

I've used my column to express various opinions, ideas and experiences I've had. I've used it as a way to make others smile or laugh and a way to share my passion for various aspects of life. Today, I use it in a more somber way, to remember the life of a friend who was recently lost.

April 30, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


We in S.C. are generous -- aren’t we?

We in South Carolina like to think of ourselves as caring and generous people -- willing to give our time and money to help our fellow man. This is how we see ourselves.

April 30, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


State chamber’s on the wrong side of almost everything

What's the difference between the terms "pro-free market" and "pro-business?" The former refers to policies that limit or remove government interference in economic activity: low taxes, fewer regulations, the absence of government subsidies, etc. The term "pro-business," by contrast, can mean almost anything. For the state Chamber of Commerce -- as well as a number of local chambers -- it usually means more government spending; government interference in education and healthcare; and wealth redistributions from taxpayers to favored businesses.

April 28, 2014 | Dillon Jones - S.C. Policy Council The Nerve.org via SC News Exchange | Columns


I dream of an airport museum

Recently, I took my sons on what we called the Cahn All-Boys 2014 Spring Break to see my father in Upper Marlboro, Md., about 30 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.

April 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Men of war

We had a funeral at church the other day which was not unusual. Rodney laid his work aside and came to direct the choir. That, too, was not unusual. I sang in the choir. Now that was very unusual.

April 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


N.C. and S.C.: How do we compare?

I have always had a thing about North Carolina. Simply put, I don't like them.

April 28, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Butterflies are free

As I have written here at least once before, only to be proven wrong, Spring is finally here. I really hope I am right this time, but I guess we're never completely immune in April to a cold front coming through that would bring a rainy day or two and then the drop in temperature that always follows. But, let's keep the optimism up and say, with faith, that Spring really is here to stay.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Grandmother Hillary

WASHINGTON -- The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

April 25, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A simple phone call

It was a simple phone call, out of the blue, from someone I'd known years before.

April 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


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Executive sessions for ‘specific purpose’

Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their ...

July 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Alexander Young

From 1807 until his death in 1856, Camden was the home of an extraordinarily talented and intelligent individual named Alexander Young. He was born on ...

July 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 21, 2017

On July 8, under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. won his third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, although in this ...

July 21, 2017 | | Columns


Holiday PTSD

Welcome to July in South Carolina.

July 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular of presidents sometimes do great things.

July 18, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

July 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A very good year!

Once the end of the school year arrives and the dust settles a bit, we are in full planning mode for the coming year, and ...

July 18, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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