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America a better place because of men like Charles Murray

As Americans, we're blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world. But all too often we tend to take for granted the heroes among us who fought and sacrificed to protect us, our ideals, and our freedom.

August 24, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller General | Columns


Message over actions gives Sanford second life in politics

Sometimes it's an easy formula when running for political office. Tell people what they want to hear and reap the rewards. At one time, that formula was working perfectly for former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford. He knew how to send a political message and how to make people listen.

August 24, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


The charging T-Rex of truth

You think you're on top of your game. Then out of the blue comes that stray freight train, that looming bomb, that guided missile that annihilates all those illusions.

August 22, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Coming to terms with 'The Help'

Mother used to tell this story.

August 22, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


2 little girls at heart of Pacific island mystery

6 a.m. Wednesday, May 25. Faloma and Meleina Luhk (pronounced "Luke"), ages 10 and 9, are seen sitting on a concrete slab across from their bus stop in an area of Saipan known as As Teo. They never made it on the bus that came a half-hour later. They haven't been seen since. No one knows where they are, or at least they're not saying.

August 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Another school year for students, parents

It's back-to-school time again.

August 19, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Island family

Most of the people who lived there and felt an allegiance to the crown left the area around 230 years ago. Many of the loyalists or Tories voluntarily left before the American Revolution, but those who sided and fought with the British eventually lost their homes and fled.

August 19, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Decline of Tea Party a hopeful sign

Cheer up. Not everything went down over the last two weeks.

August 19, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Triking it

If you've recently traveled to a vacation area that's popular with motorcyclists -- Myrtle Beach or the Blue Ridge Parkway come to mind -- you might have noticed the latest trend in the biker world, a development that only a decade ago would have been considered unfathomable:

August 19, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


A business like no other

While our mission is to provide excellent health care, ultimately, hospitals like KershawHealth are a business. They generate income, pay salaries, make investments in facilities and equipment, and face expenses related to providing care. As we all know, it is impossible to operate indefinitely when expenses outpace income. That is why KershawHealth has been working diligently to improve efficiency and contain costs. But hospitals are, in some very significant aspects, a business unlike any other.

August 17, 2011 | KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Untrending Palin

NEW YORK -- The latest trend in the media world is "trending." That is, monitoring what people are buzzing about and directing coverage accordingly.

August 17, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


NBA lockout provides time for new Atlanta owner

As an Atlanta Hawks fan, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that new team owner Alex Meruelo stays busy diving into the details of his recent purchase as pro basketball deals with what in all likelihood will be a long and combative player lockout.

August 17, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Attempt to ban books nothing new

Friday morning's national news headlines brought this one from USAToday.com: "School board removes Sherlock Holmes novel as derogatory to Mormons."

August 15, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Birthday reflections

As our birthdays accumulate, eventually we may reach one which causes us to stop, reflect, remember the past, and then to compare it to the present. On July 15, 2011, I had such a birthday, my 83rd.

August 15, 2011 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


As Spidey changes, so does America

OK, people: chill out. Breathe. Relax.

August 15, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


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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


Playing games teaches good choices

Even as I close in on 50 (mark your calendars for next March), I still like to play computer games. Frivolous, I know ... or is it?

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The parable of the apple tree

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

November 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Now the rubber meets the road

November 4 is past, and statewide elections have been decided. As I have discussed in earlier columns, I am always intrigued, and even a little amused, with the amount of rhetoric that is aimed at education during election time. Now that the votes have been cast, there are a lot of important educational issues hanging in the air that will need to be resolved by newly elected office holders. The decisions made will have significant and lasting impact.

November 17, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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