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Labor Day blues

The most recent unemployment rate for Kershaw County indicates that we have experienced three straight years of double-digit unemployment: 10.5 percent in July 2011, 10.6 percent in July 2010, and 10.8 percent in July 2009. This is in sharp contrast to unemployment rates for July 2008 (7.2 percent) and July 2007 (5.7 percent).

September 05, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why class reunions matter so much

Facing a class reunion can be daunting enough to make a teetotaler crave a bracing cocktail. But fear not. It's worth the effort. For at least one sweet, nostalgic night you can revisit the best parts of high school without worrying about the silly stuff.

September 05, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


No such thing as bad chocolate

Don't take this personally, but if you don't like chocolate, you're a little bit weird.

September 02, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Laugh, don't cry

Is she still here? I can't say for sure. What odd map does she follow? Does she feel secure?

September 02, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Give the King Memorial a chance

It is poignantly appropriate that the Martin Luther King Memorial has stirred controversy. After all, so did Dr. King.

September 02, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Behind reality TV's fame and fortune

For those of you who may be unaware -- or haven't read any of my columns during the past year or so -- I love reality shows.

September 02, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Changing of the guard looms in men's tennis

With the U.S. Open starting this week, tennis fans are reminded once again of the long winless streak facing American players in the men's draw.

August 31, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Planet of the godly

WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry's rapid lead over previous Republican front-runner Mitt Romney was predictable. But it is not a good sign for Republicans hoping to reclaim the White House and further highlights the crucial battle within GOP circles: Who is the godliest of us all?

August 31, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Decay in the art of political insults

With a presidential contest on the rise, so is the heat of the umbrage wars. That's what I call the endless contest to see which political side can express more outrage about what the other side has to say about them.

August 29, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Happy 10th to the Legos Star Wars kid

My younger son, Caleb, turned 10 last Tuesday. It's hard to imagine we brought him home from the hospital 10 years ago.

August 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Real TV, real death

One imagines the promo will pretty much write itself.

August 26, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


'The Help' tells crucial chapter in history

A few weeks ago, I went to the movies to see "The Help." I hadn't read Kathryn Stockett's book yet, and to be honest, I didn't even plan on reading it until after I saw the movie.

August 26, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Silence really is golden

It's 4:30 in the morning, and my world is wrapped in silence.

August 26, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Football season energizes community

Football is coming back to Camden tonight

August 26, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


President Rick W. Perry

NEW YORK -- Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can resist the comparison all he wants, but he's more like George W. Bush than George W. Bush.

August 24, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Tucker: A mix of casinos, liquor and blackjack

"Hey," said the guy next to me at the blackjack table, "you know what they call people who hang around casinos?"

March 27, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Wacko birds nesting in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON -- President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

March 27, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: Take the money and run

Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - March 27, 2015

Spring is here in the City and the Bradford pears look so pretty.

March 27, 2015 | Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - March 27, 2015

If I had to list the drivers people have asked me about over the years, Kurt Busch wouldn't be in the top 10.

March 27, 2015 | | Columns


Parker: Let’s not talk

WASHINGTON -- I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish it to be.

March 25, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: Take my tent … please!

Today's reflection is about things I just don't do anymore.

March 25, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Wilson: Fighting back against food stamp fraud

Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint and their homes are not burglarized. But, they are the victims of theft just the same. Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.

March 25, 2015 | By Alan Wilson, S.C. Attorney General C-I guest columnist | Columns


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