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The power of early education

One of the many priceless moments in the 1990 film "Kindergarten Cop" takes place when Detective John Kimble, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, tries to explain why he is a kindergarten teacher. To a teacher colleague, who is unaware he has entered the school in an undercover role, he explains, "I got tired of teaching teenagers because by the time they came to me I felt there wasn't much I could do with them. I realized that the real action is in kindergarten."

March 02, 2011 | John Moncure, Ph.D. Headmaster, Montessori School of Camden | Columns


Lifting the heavy thumb

WASHINGTON -- Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage.

March 02, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Music to make you smile

Music makes the world go 'round. A world without music is a world in which I wouldn't want to live.

March 02, 2011 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


A crisis offers union-busting opportunity

If anything is clear in the labor clash that has brought Wisconsin government to a screeching halt it is how neither side has been all that clear about what the fight really is about.

February 28, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Councils' strategies are smart moves

Both Camden City and Kershaw County councils seem to be made up of people with good heads on their shoulders.

February 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The face(s) of Kershaw County public education

While sorting through the papers of a deceased friend of mine who wished them given to the South Caroliniana Library, I came across a 1970-71 annual of the Kershaw County Vocational Center. I soon visited Howard Branham, director of the Camden Archives and Museum, to see if they had a copy in their collection. They did not but in a few minutes Howard made a copy and added it to their collection.

February 28, 2011 | Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Doing multiculturalism right

Among their other headaches, some of Europe's biggest leaders are troubled by the lukewarm state of their countries' melting pots.

February 25, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


We need an energy solution ... fast

Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi is screaming bloody murder and vowing to be a martyr.

February 25, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


A personal recollection

As South Carolinians continue their celebration of Black History Month, I am today even more uplifted than ever by the profound contributions of African-Americans to the never-ending challenge to improve our communities, our state and our nation.

February 25, 2011 | Fred R. Sheheen Camden | Columns


County sets efficiency, prosperity as targets

The 2011 Kershaw County Council is off to a quick start. First, we were faced with the resignation of the county administrator. Fortunately, Frank Broom, a seasoned county and city administrator, stepped forward. The Council unanimously voted for Mr. Broom to become the interim county administrator. Mr. Broom has wasted no time in demonstrating his exceptional leadership skills in the public arena. Many lingering issues were immediately resolved and many new initiatives were suggested.

February 25, 2011 | Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Thumb-twiddling no option

WASHINGTON -- Procrastination is rarely a cost-free strategy. That is true when it comes to fixing Social Security -- as much as the Obama administration and, even more forcefully, its allies on the left may wish to believe otherwise. Their "what's the big rush?" message goes like this: The retirement program isn't really contributing to deficits in the short run. Indeed, its finances are healthy enough so that it can continue paying all promised benefits for more than two decades, until 2037. Even then, if absolutely nothing is done, Social Security would be able to pay about 75 percent of ...

February 23, 2011 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gardens and guns

NEW YORK -- Now would be a very good time to be a cartoonist. Or perhaps not. As the late cartoonist Doug Marlette frequently lamented, "How do you cartoon a cartoon? We're living in ÎToon Town.'"

February 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


How to make a city special

Asheville, N.C. – I dig red leather chairs.

February 23, 2011 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


Restructuring efforts moving in the House

Accomplishing more with less is a critical challenge facing the state in 2011. In order to help meet this challenge, lawmakers are considering a variety of government restructuring proposals. Restructuring government is a positive investment in the future of South Carolina.

February 21, 2011 | State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Regretting the errors with a smile

Today, you'll find a correction and clarification to a story I wrote recently about a pair of neighboring home invasions.

February 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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The man who played Tony’s piano

On the Maine island where Wife Nancy and I spend time, Church of Our Father sits nestled among the hills near a small harbor called Hulls Cove.

August 01, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Smart people, smart ideas

When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.

August 01, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sick? Some of you can stay home

NEW YORK -- Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who've never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that's a good thing.

August 01, 2014 | | Columns


New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns


Rock of Ages

I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...

July 30, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Me Inc. offers plenty of dividends

WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."

July 30, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The legend of Lloyd Seay

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Star Trek ... in the news!

OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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