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Obama's re-election budget

After hearing President Barack Obama's robust response to their budget-cutting proposals, Republican leaders sounded shocked to hear that the president sounds like -- Gasp! -- a Democrat.

April 22, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Give William and Kate a chance

Seriously, who bets on a marriage?

April 22, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Trump card

NEW YORK -- As the number of Republicans declaring themselves potential presidential candidates has begun to look like a conga line without music, hope lingered that somewhere unnoticed was a brilliant dark horse biding his sweet time.

April 20, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


NAACP, Right Wing foes get friendly

Can prominent right-wingers like Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist get along with the very liberal NAACP? Yes, they can, at least on the high cost of prisons.

April 18, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A movie in my mind

For a total of 20 hours over the past several weeks -- and thanks to the Friends of the Kershaw County Library's recent book sale -- I played a movie in my car.

April 18, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


NAACP, Right Wing foes get friendly

Can prominent right-wingers like Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist get along with the very liberal NAACP? Yes, they can, at least on the high cost of prisons.

April 18, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Giving old electronics new life

Unwanted computers, printers, televisions, and other devices comprise one of the nation's fastest-growing waste streams. Inspired by the concerns of several constituents, I advocated and sponsored legislation over the course of several years to address this problem. Through collaboration with other legislators, manufacturers, recyclers, and the environmental community this effort culminated in the passage of legislation in 2010 that makes South Carolina a leader in responsibly managing this waste while protecting our environment and growing our economy.

April 18, 2011 | State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Budget reflects where city is headed

It's budget season at City Hall. This is the time of year that we review our previous budget and formulate a new one. I'm proud to say that our 2010-2011 numbers are projected to come in under budget, and our new budget will pass without requiring any tax increases.

April 15, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Coffee has come a long way

Someone sent me an Internet video of two soldiers in Afghanistan demonstrating how to make coffee using a device called a heat pack. It was entertaining though the language was pretty salty, as soldiers' language can be.

April 15, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Reaganomics? Meet 'Ryan-omics'

What would America look like if the Tea Party movement ran it? You can get a good glimpse in Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget-balancing plan. Now, I wonder, will Democrats come up with a better plan? Or will they simply wait for Republicans to destroy themselves?

April 15, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


What word defines you?

Can you think of only one word that accurately defines you?

April 15, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Lend me your tired, your poor, your yuan

NEW YORK -- So why do Republicans hate art, the elderly and children?

April 13, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


School vouchers a "lousy idea'

After having been involved in the political and governmental life in South Carolina since 1963, when I accepted a position on the staff of Gov. Donald Russell, I am still constantly amazed at how long awful ideas persist in our State.

April 13, 2011 | Fred R. Sheheen C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Economic development and school choice

A few weeks back, my wife showed me a newspaper article about a television ad running in North Carolina by a group called "NC Together." In it, the narrator touts the fact that North Carolina has a world class education system that has attracted business and industry to the state and advocates for not making deep cuts to educational and other resources in order to keep the North Carolina's business climate a competitive one. At the end of the ad, a picture of a "Welcome to South Carolina" sign is flashed and the narrator says, "There is another way ...

April 11, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A better way to reform welfare

When President Clinton signed landmark welfare-reform legislation in 1996, he said it would "end welfare as we know it." Wrong verb. More accurately, it changed welfare as we know it.

April 11, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


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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


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 Owens | 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


When practice just kills time

Last week we spent a few minutes talking about being the best in the world in a particular field.

August 22, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.

August 22, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mob mentality

I have admitted in this column many times that I have become a "grumpy old man." Well, folks, here I go again. I often blame technology and the instant sharing of news and opinions on many of society's ills, and that's what I'm doing again today.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


How to grow grass under a tree

I have many colleagues who are of the turf persuasion and we have come to an understanding to agree to disagree. I think grass is a weed, they think a tree is a weed -- in nature the two aren't meant to meet. This is why only grass grows on the Great Plains and only trees grow in the forest. But since we aren't on the Plains or in the forest, we try and get plants to co-exist in arranged landscape designs we like to see.

August 22, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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