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America a better place because of men like Charles Murray

As Americans, we're blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world. But all too often we tend to take for granted the heroes among us who fought and sacrificed to protect us, our ideals, and our freedom.

August 24, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller General | Columns


Message over actions gives Sanford second life in politics

Sometimes it's an easy formula when running for political office. Tell people what they want to hear and reap the rewards. At one time, that formula was working perfectly for former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford. He knew how to send a political message and how to make people listen.

August 24, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


The charging T-Rex of truth

You think you're on top of your game. Then out of the blue comes that stray freight train, that looming bomb, that guided missile that annihilates all those illusions.

August 22, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Coming to terms with 'The Help'

Mother used to tell this story.

August 22, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


2 little girls at heart of Pacific island mystery

6 a.m. Wednesday, May 25. Faloma and Meleina Luhk (pronounced "Luke"), ages 10 and 9, are seen sitting on a concrete slab across from their bus stop in an area of Saipan known as As Teo. They never made it on the bus that came a half-hour later. They haven't been seen since. No one knows where they are, or at least they're not saying.

August 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Another school year for students, parents

It's back-to-school time again.

August 19, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Island family

Most of the people who lived there and felt an allegiance to the crown left the area around 230 years ago. Many of the loyalists or Tories voluntarily left before the American Revolution, but those who sided and fought with the British eventually lost their homes and fled.

August 19, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Decline of Tea Party a hopeful sign

Cheer up. Not everything went down over the last two weeks.

August 19, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Triking it

If you've recently traveled to a vacation area that's popular with motorcyclists -- Myrtle Beach or the Blue Ridge Parkway come to mind -- you might have noticed the latest trend in the biker world, a development that only a decade ago would have been considered unfathomable:

August 19, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


A business like no other

While our mission is to provide excellent health care, ultimately, hospitals like KershawHealth are a business. They generate income, pay salaries, make investments in facilities and equipment, and face expenses related to providing care. As we all know, it is impossible to operate indefinitely when expenses outpace income. That is why KershawHealth has been working diligently to improve efficiency and contain costs. But hospitals are, in some very significant aspects, a business unlike any other.

August 17, 2011 | KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Untrending Palin

NEW YORK -- The latest trend in the media world is "trending." That is, monitoring what people are buzzing about and directing coverage accordingly.

August 17, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


NBA lockout provides time for new Atlanta owner

As an Atlanta Hawks fan, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that new team owner Alex Meruelo stays busy diving into the details of his recent purchase as pro basketball deals with what in all likelihood will be a long and combative player lockout.

August 17, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Attempt to ban books nothing new

Friday morning's national news headlines brought this one from USAToday.com: "School board removes Sherlock Holmes novel as derogatory to Mormons."

August 15, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Birthday reflections

As our birthdays accumulate, eventually we may reach one which causes us to stop, reflect, remember the past, and then to compare it to the present. On July 15, 2011, I had such a birthday, my 83rd.

August 15, 2011 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


As Spidey changes, so does America

OK, people: chill out. Breathe. Relax.

August 15, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | 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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