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Thank goodness for S.C.’s FOIA

As a reporter, I am very thankful for South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). You should be, too.

October 10, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘Flash mob politics,’ from both sides now

They're mad -- mad as hell! -- and they're taking their anger to the streets.

October 10, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


School 'historians'

On Feb. 4, 1904, the Camden Chronicle and the Wateree Messenger were joined by a third newspaper in Camden, the People, whose editor was J. A. Shrock. In his first issue editor Shrock introduced a serial feature, "Graded School Compositions," which appeared in almost every issue until late May 1904. Shrock explained, "The editor was unfortunate … to secure only a limited education, and feels the keenest interest in assisting others who were more fortunate than himself."

October 10, 2011 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


Cyber-bullying claims another life

Five months ago, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer sat down in his bedroom and recorded an anti-bullying message on his computer's webcam.

October 07, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Voter for Herman? Yes, they Cain!

I have decided to endorse Herman Cain to be the Republican Party's candidate for president. No, I am not crazy.

October 07, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A bit of this and that...

From the mailbag:

October 07, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


The Fan

Dark clouds have been lifted, giving way to blue (and white and orange and black and garnet) skies -- football season is back. For this, fans of every age and team color are grateful. And with immense pride and bliss, they don the jersey of their beloved team; their team that will go all the way this season. At least that's what we, the fans, want to believe; it's what we hold on to year after year as if "it" was the winning lottery ticket; a victorious season in our clutches. Fans want to believe this is the moment ...

October 07, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Quality over quantity in higher ed

WASHINGTON -- Jobs, jobs, jobs, we keep hearing. But for whom, whom, whom?

October 05, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Palmetto State primary power may soon dwindle

It sometimes seems odd that South Carolina voters can play the role of kingmaker in presidential campaigns.

October 05, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Your No. 1 source for local news

When you want to know, and more importantly, understand, what's going on in town, we are your No. 1 source for local news. When I say "we," I mean local community papers like ours.

October 04, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Entrepreneurs as economic heroes

Last month's column focused on South Carolina's abysmal, fourth-highest in the nation unemployment rate. I have come across some information in the last couple of weeks that has given me a lot to think about as I look for ways the state can encourage job creation in South Carolina.

October 03, 2011 | By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderurk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Wanted: a GOP dating service

Suddenly, Campaign 2012 is looking like deja vu all over again. Remember how President Barack Obama's fast rise to the White House was boosted here and there by remarkably unlucky opponents? The Republican challengers to his reelection seem almost determined to help him to get lucky one more time.

October 03, 2011 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Retro TV revisits birth of ‘culture war’

Do AMC's "Mad Men," ABC's "Pan Am," NBC's "The Playboy Club" and BBC America's "The Hour" exploit society's barely suppressed appetite for a more sexist, racist and conservative era? Fear not. The underlying message in these depictions of the bad old days is clear: We should be better than that now, even when we aren't.

September 30, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Quest ends at Little Good Harbor

Forty-two years ago, Wife Nancy -- she was Girlfriend Nancy back then -- gave me an etching of a little boy standing on a rocky shoreline in Maine.

September 30, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Baseball’s future hangs on tradition and competitiveness

During the past few years it has become increasingly obvious that baseball is no longer America's past-time. The NFL has taken over that mantle as pro football now garners more money and more eyeballs than any other sport.

September 28, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


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Driving therapy

Music has the power to influence. It has the power to evoke deep thoughts, which ultimately lead to a flow of emotions and feelings. Driving paired with music seems to increase that flow of emotions. Maybe it is the sometimes calm rhythmic movement that the steady turn of the wheels creates that appeal to the mind and body. I make a 45 to 50 minute drive to and from work five days a week, so I get plenty of time to daydream, think and devise plans of action for any situation that is heavy on my mind. No one is ...

September 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


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


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


The one fight to have before your wedding

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.

September 03, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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