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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


Tales of the red tape

Hotels, restaurants, airlines and other businesses open to the public need to make some adjustments soon. The federal government says they must accommodate the animals that help the blind and others with disabilities.

May 18, 2011 | Edwin Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Romney's pre-emptive strike

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Sitting under the lush palms and blue skies of the richest Americans' favorite resort -- during off-season when the rich wouldn't be caught dead here, I hastily add -- I naturally couldn't wait to watch Mitt Romney's PowerPoint presentation on health care.

May 18, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washingon Post Writers Group | Columns


Digging into some great mysteries

As regular readers of my column know, my love of novels usually centers on science fiction and fantasy.

May 16, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Late session business

Usually around the end of May the House and the Senate prepare for the end of session. Before the General Assembly can leave for the year, a budget must be passed. The State Fiscal Year ends on June 30. The Senate is currently working on its version of the budget. The House and Senate versions will be worked out in conference committee and brought before both chambers for a vote. The budget will then go to the Governor. The General Assembly makes arrangements to be in session in order to receive and act on any gubernatorial vetoes. In addition to ...

May 16, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A plea for better junk on TV

Fifty years ago this week, then Federal Communications Chairman Newton Minow famously skewered the nation's daily television programming as "a vast wasteland." Today it is still largely a wasteland, in my view, because that's mostly what people want.

May 16, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


What bin Laden, Geronimo shared in common

Native American leaders are upset that Geronimo's name was used as code for Osama bin Laden. I respect their concern, but I don't think this particular reference is the insult that tribal leaders think it is.

May 13, 2011 | Clarence page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Normal in an abnormal way

You know you're getting old when you start getting picked for health studies.

May 13, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


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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


Congress’ whopper of a mess

Customers can be so demanding.

September 10, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gators, politicians and oil

As I write these words, I'm sitting on a rustic dock overlooking a beautiful, placid pond on a coastal South Carolina island. I'm surrounded by nothing but God's creations and natural beauty.

September 10, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Looking at Miss Bobbit

Saturday, I watched a film adaptation of the short story, "Children on Their Birthdays" by Truman Capote, which is one of my favorite short stories. The film is pretty similar to the book with little to no alterations.

September 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | 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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