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Make college worth the cost

It's hard to say which is more remarkable about Kayla Heard, that she is graduating this spring from Washington State University at age 16 or that she earned her degree without ever entering a classroom.

May 30, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Back to the real world...

Well, we made it back.

May 30, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Squeaky gets the blues

Yea, Squeaky's got 'em all right; any red-blooded American knows "The Blues" denote rhyme, rhythm, lyrics and notes picked, strummed, sung or whined, and in a minor key if possible. Squeaky, alias William H. VanDeaver the IV, Yankee panhandler come lately to Edisto Beach, saved from hunger and heat stroke by a single mom, waitress Cindy who was working at Whalen's restaurant and bar. If you read the local papers, you may remember Squeaky and Cindy striking up a friendship, Squeaky cleaning up his act, his story climaxing when Cindy revealed him to be the father of her ...

May 30, 2011 | Johnny Roland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


'Health care reform'

Welcome to "Health Care Reform" at our community level.

May 27, 2011 | Tray Dunaway, MD | Columns


Taking 'bullying' to an extreme

This teenage girl, you see, was thinking of having her oversized ears pinned back against her head in a surgical procedure.

May 27, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Lessons from a failed doom

Harold Camping, the religious broadcaster who said Judgment Day would come last weekend, now says he doesn't want to talk about that anymore. I'm sure he doesn't. But I don't believe he has received enough ridicule.

May 27, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Eat, drink and watch out

NEW YORK -- Once upon a time, Ma would say: "Sit up and eat your vegetables." Pa said: "Don't talk with your mouth full."

May 25, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


NBA draft: the known vs. the unproven

Every year around the time of the NBA Draft, the top sports outlets like Sports Illustrated and ESPN try to predict which players in high school, college and overseas will be the next stars of the NBA.

May 25, 2011 | Michael Ulmer C-I (Camden, S.C.) staff reporter | Columns


Republicans vs. invisibility

Donald Trump departed from the 2012 presidential race, which he never actually entered, in typical Trump style, supremely confident that he would have won if only he actually had run.

May 23, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Local footprints of history

The S. C. Confederation of Local Historical Societies held its 2011 annual convention in Walterboro April 14-16. Its conventions consist of a business meeting, presentations on historical topics, tours of local historic sites, and an awards banquet. The theme of this convention was the Revolutionary War.

May 23, 2011 | | Columns


‘Smallville’ finale was worth the wait

After 10 years and a sometimes absurd number of plot twists, Tom Welling -- er, Clark Kent -- finally flew.

May 23, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Boeing complaint would take away S.C. jobs

South Carolina is what's known as a "right to work" state -- meaning workers can't be forced to join a union. Twenty-two states have "right to work" laws safeguarding employees' rights to decide for themselves whether to join, or financially support, a union.

May 20, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller general | Columns


Presidential disqualifier

WASHINGTON -- Some people believe that Mitt Romney is unfit to be president because the health reform he instituted as Massachusetts governor included an individual mandate.

May 20, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


An un-common culture war

How delighted the Chicago-based rapper Common must be to find that someone still views him as controversial.

May 20, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Plentiful fuel

I just learned I'm going to save money! My apartment building in New York will switch from heating oil to cleaner natural gas. Gas is much cheaper than oil now because energy companies found ways to get more of it out of the ground.

May 20, 2011 | John Stossel Fox Business Network | Columns


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A case of the grumps

Let's talk about grumpy people. Fie on them.

August 29, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Our local heroes

I was truly proud to be able to report during the past week an historical event right here in Camden. It was the naming of the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River for Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the greatest and most prestigious award bestowed on those serving in the United States military and to receive it means you've done something exceptionally special, often at the cost of your life.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Who are those guys?

One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; since it came out I've watched it probably 20 times.

August 29, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tech firms’ poor record of diversity

Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets.

August 29, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New girl navigating the pressroom and Camden

I completed my bachelor's degree the first week of August, so I was thrilled to snag a job at the Chronicle-Independent a little more than a week later.

August 27, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Corporate tax returns should be public

Tax inversions. Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich. Spinning off tangible assets into real estate investment trusts. Son-of-BOSS shelters.

August 27, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Pride and humility

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

August 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The storytellers of Dillon County

Our family has spent many a pleasant summer day with several families from the Dillon area and the experience is always enjoyable and the manner in which they address their friends, neighbors and kinfolk is like taking a step back in the "Old South." Everyone seems to have a prefix or you are a tourist just stopping by.

August 25, 2014 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America still has a long way to go

There is no longer any doubt that America still has a long way to go before it can say that it has grown beyond the prejudices and fear and tragic cycle of action and reaction when it comes to relations between blacks and whites.

August 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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