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City budget process: look back, look ahead and plan

As Camden City Council moves past first reading of the 2011-2012 budget and on to second reading May 24th, it is important for our community to understand how we budget and where our priorities originate.

May 13, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A time for optimism

It seems you can't open a newspaper or turn on the television these days without being clobbered with "bad news" -- news about tragic natural disasters, sky-rocketing gas prices, national unemployment rates that continue to climb, and political strife in Washington. It's an unfortunate fact that positive things are overlooked too often.

May 11, 2011 | S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom | Columns


A government union shakedown

"Raise our taxes!" Can you imagine chanting such a slogan at a public rally? Neither could most Americans.

May 11, 2011 | Edwin Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


The banality of triumph

NEW YORK -- It seems nearly heretical to say so, but the termination of Osama bin Laden feels oddly anti-climactic.

May 11, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Welcome to Paybackistan

It was a bit startling to watch crowds of mostly college-aged youths raucously celebrating in front of the White House after President Barack Obama reported the death of Osama bin Laden.

May 09, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


bin Laden takedown victory for all Americans

For those of you saying that the bin Laden takedown was not an "Obama" win, you're right. It was an American win. However, former President Bush, former Vice President Cheney, senators Graham and DeMint and even Rush Limbaugh have all congratulated Obama. He should be credited for maintaining the policies that continued the search and giving the order that resulted in Sunday night's win for the American people.

May 09, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A very good year!

A few weeks back, I heard two high school students talking about the upcoming prom and other end-of-the-year activities. It doesn't seem possible, but the year has flown by. In spite of all the challenges our community, state, and nation continue to face because of the economy, it's been a very good year in the Kershaw County School District! I thought I'd spend a little time this month touching on a few of the countless highlights of this year.

May 09, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reunion season

What is it about a high school reunion that makes people go crazy?

May 06, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Trump's bullying pulpit

Donald Trump stepped out of the helicopter that had his name painted on the side, walked across the tarmac and announced to reporters that he was proud of himself. This would not be news on any day. But on this day, I would not have been surprised to see him start hugging and kissing himself.

May 06, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Tips for life's journey

From the mailbag:

May 06, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Without wind, how can a sailboat reach shore?

In my April column, I touched on what it means to some to overcome incredible adversity and how these people make a commitment to survive in tough times; choosing to ride out the storm rather than sink. So recently, being drawn to titles like "Deep Survival," "Long Distance," "Will to Live" and "The Long Walk," I felt it appropriate to continue exploring this thought-provoking subject of survival; why some can endure hardships at an unconceivable intensity only to emerge as the victor standing strong and tall. They are stories of courage, endurance, and the amazing will to persevere. Further, they ...

May 06, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Once we were sane

NEW YORK -- If you really, really dislike Barack Obama, his long-form birth certificate, finally proffered in exasperation, is quite simply a counterfeit.

May 04, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Surprise, surprise

My cousin recently found out he is going to be a father for the first time.

May 04, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Pandering to the Obamaphobes

When I was a kid way back in the previous century, my favorite attraction at the local county fair was a midway amusement that everyone called "dunk the dimwit" -- or words to that effect.

May 02, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A voice from above

"That man could crawl through a barrel of fish hooks and not get a scratch on him.'' Troy Stevenson, who retained the wisdom of his mountain upbringing, once used that expression concerning a man we were discussing. The late Highway Patrolman Randy Sanders once described an individual as: "One who could be used to open a bottle of wine."

May 02, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | 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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