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Random thoughts on a summer afternoon

• It wasn't a good day for Michelle Nunn last week; she's running for U.S. Senate from Georgia -- one of a few Democrats who might unseat Republican candidates for the country's most exclusive club -- and recently found out her secret campaign plan had somehow been leaked.

August 08, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


It’s a different world

As time goes by, I find myself more and more slipping into the role of the "grumpy old man." I guess that's a natural evolution for most of us as we age, but I now often find myself saying things like "back in my day" or "things were a lot different when I was a kid." Well, those statements are true; there's no denying it.

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


The sky’s the limit … literally

Look up above…in the sky! It's some kind of bird; no it's a small plane. Wait, it's neither. Now I see. It's an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, "UAV." Or perhaps you know it as "RAV" or Remotely Aerial Vehicle or as "RPV," Remotely Piloted Vehicle. An even more current term is "UAS," Unmanned Aerial Systems. For now, I'll stop with all the technical terms and use the name most of us novices are familiar with -- "drone." Merriam-Webster defines the particular "drone" I speak of here as "an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control ...

August 08, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Who’s your boss?

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes, under certain circumstances, McDonald's Corp. might be held partly responsible for its franchisees' bad behavior. Maybe. So announced the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, a sort of independent prosecutor, this week.

August 06, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Don’t worry, your gun won’t be confiscated

Hey, gun owners! Smell something burning? That is the smoke screen generated by Congress, the NRA and the panic button pushers.

August 06, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Five good things happening in S.C. -- and why

Newspapers and the media are often accused of only reporting the bad things that happen -- and there's some truth in this. And it's particularly easy to fall into this trap in South Carolina where it seems that there is a lot more bad news than good.

August 04, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Youthful choices and mistakes

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom -- a driver's license -- and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

August 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Getting by giving

While a small child and later, my parents tried to teach me the moral and religious principle, "One gets by giving." The lesson didn't "take" until later in life when I came to understand more fully the principle, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

August 04, 2014 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


The last of the Enola Gay

There may still be about 1.4 million U.S. veterans of World War II still living, but the passing last week of Capt. Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 93, in Stone Mountain, Ga., in many closes the story of that war.

August 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The man who played Tony’s piano

On the Maine island where Wife Nancy and I spend time, Church of Our Father sits nestled among the hills near a small harbor called Hulls Cove.

August 01, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Smart people, smart ideas

When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.

August 01, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sick? Some of you can stay home

NEW YORK -- Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who've never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that's a good thing.

August 01, 2014 | | Columns


New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns


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Thankfully yours

I've said it before; I'll say it again; every day is, in fact, a miracle and a gift.

November 21, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Thanksgiving 2017

Last year marked the 25th anniversary that I have hosted Thanksgiving for family and friends. And, it's a really big deal for me.

November 21, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 21, 2017

Well, it's finally here; the last race of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. Every year I complain about the length of the season ...

November 21, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The future is now!

I'm pretty darned proud of what our school district is able to accomplish with the resources available to us. While our funding is somewhere ...

November 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


National adoption month

November is National Adoption Month and Thursday was National Adoption Day. Both celebrate the loving option of adoption, spreading awareness of thousands of children in ...

November 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Albany, Ga., needs us

On the Rondarosa, we have such frequent phone and DSL problems, that we've become good friends with our repair guy, Mike. Such good friends ...

November 17, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What did he say?

WASHINGTON -- Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: "I believe the women."

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


The Price House

The Archives and Museum recently applied for a South Carolina state historical marker for the Price House. Administered by the S.C. Department of Archives ...

November 17, 2017 | By Camden Archives Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


It’s a crock

Paint me insane, but if I was stranded on a deserted island, I believe the one thing I would want -- besides a couple of beers ...

November 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Pedophiles and polar bears, oh my!

WASHINGTON -- Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former ...

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


Celebrating our accomplishments

Autumn's crisp air and bright colors encourage us to venture out and enjoy our exquisite hometown. This delightful time of the year inspires us ...

November 14, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 14, 2017

NASCAR's playoffs -- which I'm still stubbornly calling the Chase just because I think it's a better name -- are nearly finished, and I ...

November 14, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Election 2017 a better reflection

There were no votes to be cast Tuesday here in Kershaw County, S.C. Nonetheless, looking at the outcome of Election 2017 across the country ...

November 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Charlie, the patriot

It was on the eve of our national election that I ran upstairs to file a couple of things in my office. As I started ...

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


One year ago

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016.

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


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