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Cain's smoking gun

WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain's craggy-faced Chief of Staff Mark Block took a drag off a cigarette, blew smoke at the camera and sent the political class into coughing fits.

November 04, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Still fighting an old culture war

An outraged liberal group has called for MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan for what it calls "white supremacist" views. I'd rather leave Pat and his views free to discredit themselves.

November 04, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Focusing on the Fed

"I'd prop him up and put a pair of dark glasses on him and keep him as long as I could."

November 02, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Bauer’s track record adds absurdity to state’s delegation

Andre Bauer must be looking for a second life in S.C. politics. Or more precisely, Andre Bauer must be looking for a second shot at a second life in S.C. politics.

November 02, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


What the world needs now

WASHINGTON -- On perfectly beautiful days such as these, it is impossible to conceive of conflict.

November 02, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


It’s not just Halloween, it’s 7B Day

Here's a scary thought: somewhere, sometime today, the 7 billionth living human has or will be born.

October 31, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Obama's border blues

It may not rank highly in polls of voters' priorities compared to the jobs and the economy, yet immigration has taken on a central role in the 2012 presidential campaign drama.

October 31, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


GOP campaign vs. the world

How important is it to have presidential candidates who, when talking about Libya, know where Libya is?

October 28, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


How the race was won

So here's what one doctor told women runners who wanted to compete in distance races back in the early 1960s:

October 28, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


There’s more to beauty than being ‘pretty’

Several years ago, I visited a plastic surgeon's office to find out what kinds of "work" I needed to have done in order to look my best.

October 28, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Passing time with good folks

If you are over 50 years old, or were raised in a small Southern community or "from these parts," then you may have a better appreciation of this story than others would.

October 28, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Good TV, bad politics

WASHINGTON -- The operative maxim in cable television can be summed up as follows: Is it good TV?

October 26, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Celebrate Halloween with some spooky favorites

A few weeks ago, a friend and I happened to stumble upon a great old-timey store during a trip up to Clemson. No, we weren't in the market for handle-bar mustache wax or a top hat and monocle, but we did want to pick up something we haven't bought in a long time -- a movie from Blockbuster.

October 26, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


For protests, simplicity matters

After spending an afternoon with Occupy DC, the District of Columbia's branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I now understand why they avoid formal leaders. For one thing, when things go wrong, it's easier to spread the blame around. That's something the young radicals have in common with the folks on Wall Street and in Washington.

October 24, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


It's definitely time to talk about Phase II

In 2007, just as I was arriving in Kershaw County, the school district began work on Phase I of the Facilities Equalization Program. Phase I was envisioned to encompass eight construction and renovation projects at a cost of $102 million, which was generated through Installment Purchase Plan bonds. Through a combination of excellent management and a favorable construction market, the $102 million has been stretched to complete several more projects beyond the original scope. The additional projects included a new Jackson Elementary School (also the first LEED-certified Gold School in South Carolina), an addition and media center renovation at Blaney ...

October 24, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Cahn: Just call me Charlie Brown

A long, long time ago... oh, wait, that's another pop culture reference.

November 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The start of something (really) big

As a part of writing this column, I go to lots of meetings, community events and conferences all across the state in my never ending search to find out about the people, businesses and community groups that are doing good and important things to make our state better.

November 24, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tucker: From the mailbag

• "Glenn," writes my friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County, "I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people. I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out."

November 21, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Pope calls for family resurrection

WASHINGTON -- News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers -- and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

November 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


I don’t celebrate ‘Turkey Day’

This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Camden’s African-American corridor

In 2008, a group of graduate students from the University of South Carolina's Public History Program produced a study entitled, "The Camden African-American Heritage Project." It was the product of a student group assignment conducted in 2005-06. The students were assisted by many Camden residents in their search for the history of African-Americans in Camden from the Colonial period through the era of civil rights. Though able to spend only one semester researching and writing, the students pulled together an admirable overview of the lives of African-Americans here. In their final recommendations they suggested, among other things, that an ...

November 21, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sheheen: ‘It is the journey that matters most’

I try to live life as a journey full of unknown destinations. And I do believe it is the journey that matters most. During the last year, I was blessed enough to experience a journey throughout our wonderful state of South Carolina. A campaign for governor is a journey through the hearts and souls of many people and places. A statewide campaign is sometimes brutal and sometimes joyful, but never dull. I treasure that journey and thank my friends in Camden and Kershaw County for letting me experience it.

November 19, 2014 | State Sen. Vincent Sheen Guest Op-Ed | Columns


Millennial spendthrifts? Not so

WASHINGTON -- Millennials are foolhardy spendthrifts. But young people basically always are, and that's probably OK.

November 19, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Low and non-specific expectations

I used to have high and/or specific expectations for everything. I was never cynical. As a matter of fact, I was the most optimistic person I knew.

November 19, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


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