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Black hopes, white anxiety

Race relations have undergone a curious flip-flop. Polls show that blacks feel more optimistic about the nation's future than whites do, despite the Great Recession that's giving everybody the blues.

June 17, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A defense of flip-floppery

NEW YORK -- Here we go all over again. Read my lips and bring 'em on. It's the economy, stupid. Gotcha!

June 15, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Huntsman may be hard-pressed to gain traction in S.C.

Potential presidential contender Jon Huntsman, known as a Harley Davidson enthusiast in his home state of Utah, may soon hit the road as an official candidate for the Republican Party, but he'll need more than a shiny motorcycle helmet and a leather jacket to electrify voters in South Carolina.

June 15, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Oh, doctor, it hurts when I do this...

Hello, my name is Jim and I'm a hypochondriac.

June 15, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What John Edwards already has lost

Hard cases made bad law, an old legal saying goes. So, I suppose, do sad cases. The sad case of John Edwards could lead to sadder law.

June 13, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Constitutional controversy

The General Assembly will be back at the Statehouse tomorrow to continue work on items that were included in the concurrent resolution extending the session. These items are the budget, gubernatorial vetoes, conference and free conference reports, redistricting, and appointments. This end-of-session resolution is called a Sine Die Resolution because it dictates how and when the General Assembly will conclude the session. To adjourn sine die means to adjourn for an indefinite period. So when we adjourn sine die, the General Assembly does not plan to meet – barring any emergencies – until the constitutionally mandated date of the second Tuesday in ...

June 13, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


DC Comics upends superhero universe

I haven't collected comic books since my late 20s. I was still working in radio at the time, not making much money, but spending most of it on a superhero habit I could no longer sustain.

June 13, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Arness TV's greatest western hero

Matt Dillon's dead, and the bad guys in the hereafter had better be watching their backs.

June 10, 2011 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Time has come for new rec center

For years, elected officials and residents have wished for an alternative to Rhame Arena, which has become a shell of what it once was. For years, we have envisioned an active, vibrant recreation center that can become a haven for our youth, an asset for our elderly and a shining light for our city. For years, we have heard much talk but seen little action.

June 10, 2011 | By Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Don't call me 'ma'am'

I'm getting old, which is a realization that hit me like a sack of bricks when my husband John and I went to the movies recently.

June 10, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


No excuses for reckless 'sexting'

An Australian demographer has found a malady that makes some middle-aged men think they are more attractive to women than they actually are.

June 10, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The danger in 140 characters

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell says that he'd own up if it were his. Jon Stewart says that he doesn't remember his old friend being quite all that!

June 08, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Writers Group | Columns


Online to be 2012 campaign battlefield

Presidential candidates had it easy in the pre-Internet age. Campaigns considered in the increasingly distant past didn't have to worry about Internet fundraising, emailing supporters, or trying to stay up to date and compete with their opponents online. They didn't even have to create a website, a move that every candidate must now do in order to win an election -- unless you're Alvin Greene running for a nomination in a South Carolina U.S. Senate campaign.

June 08, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Race to the Bottom

The state superintendent of education, Mick Zais, and Gov. Nikki Haley will not apply to the U.S. Department of Education for up to $50 million in federal Race to the Top funds allocated for South Carolina's public school system.

June 08, 2011 | Fred R. Sheheen C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The ramp

The C-130 was parked on the tarmac, her rear door open, yawning in the afternoon sun. The small, relatively quiet corner of the runway in which she was parked stood in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the surrounding airfield. The base, elsewhere, was alive with activity. This made perfect sense given that this was a warzone; schedules had to be kept, deadlines had to be met, missions had to be completed. Her crew had dispersed, but she remained, alone and waiting. The plane, a workhorse of her generation, had carried men and machine to theaters across the globe ...

June 06, 2011 | Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | 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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