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Cain's smoking gun

WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain's craggy-faced Chief of Staff Mark Block took a drag off a cigarette, blew smoke at the camera and sent the political class into coughing fits.

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


Still fighting an old culture war

An outraged liberal group has called for MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan for what it calls "white supremacist" views. I'd rather leave Pat and his views free to discredit themselves.

November 04, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Focusing on the Fed

"I'd prop him up and put a pair of dark glasses on him and keep him as long as I could."

November 02, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Bauer’s track record adds absurdity to state’s delegation

Andre Bauer must be looking for a second life in S.C. politics. Or more precisely, Andre Bauer must be looking for a second shot at a second life in S.C. politics.

November 02, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


What the world needs now

WASHINGTON -- On perfectly beautiful days such as these, it is impossible to conceive of conflict.

November 02, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


It’s not just Halloween, it’s 7B Day

Here's a scary thought: somewhere, sometime today, the 7 billionth living human has or will be born.

October 31, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Obama's border blues

It may not rank highly in polls of voters' priorities compared to the jobs and the economy, yet immigration has taken on a central role in the 2012 presidential campaign drama.

October 31, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


GOP campaign vs. the world

How important is it to have presidential candidates who, when talking about Libya, know where Libya is?

October 28, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


How the race was won

So here's what one doctor told women runners who wanted to compete in distance races back in the early 1960s:

October 28, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


There’s more to beauty than being ‘pretty’

Several years ago, I visited a plastic surgeon's office to find out what kinds of "work" I needed to have done in order to look my best.

October 28, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Passing time with good folks

If you are over 50 years old, or were raised in a small Southern community or "from these parts," then you may have a better appreciation of this story than others would.

October 28, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Good TV, bad politics

WASHINGTON -- The operative maxim in cable television can be summed up as follows: Is it good TV?

October 26, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Celebrate Halloween with some spooky favorites

A few weeks ago, a friend and I happened to stumble upon a great old-timey store during a trip up to Clemson. No, we weren't in the market for handle-bar mustache wax or a top hat and monocle, but we did want to pick up something we haven't bought in a long time -- a movie from Blockbuster.

October 26, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


For protests, simplicity matters

After spending an afternoon with Occupy DC, the District of Columbia's branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I now understand why they avoid formal leaders. For one thing, when things go wrong, it's easier to spread the blame around. That's something the young radicals have in common with the folks on Wall Street and in Washington.

October 24, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


It's definitely time to talk about Phase II

In 2007, just as I was arriving in Kershaw County, the school district began work on Phase I of the Facilities Equalization Program. Phase I was envisioned to encompass eight construction and renovation projects at a cost of $102 million, which was generated through Installment Purchase Plan bonds. Through a combination of excellent management and a favorable construction market, the $102 million has been stretched to complete several more projects beyond the original scope. The additional projects included a new Jackson Elementary School (also the first LEED-certified Gold School in South Carolina), an addition and media center renovation at Blaney ...

October 24, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tucker: Waylon’s advice hits the mark

My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County called me, all hot and bothered, about the big outlaw gang biker shootout a couple weeks ago in Waco, Texas.

May 29, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Mischner: Glenn Tucker, a helluva newspaperman

After many, many years, today may be Glenn Tucker's final column with the Chronicle-Independent (hopefully, he may choose to periodically write one from time to time when he gets the urge). Additionally, he has written the lion's share of this newspapers editorials and that important duty will now be handled by others at the newspaper.

May 29, 2015 | Mike Mischner | Columns


Phillips: ‘To protect and serve’

Every now and then I revisit a topic I've already written about here, especially when there's new information to pass along or a new observation I've made or conclusion I've reached. Such is the case this week.

May 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Parker: Being Bill Kristol

WASHINGTON -- One can understand why The Weekly Standard's William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.

May 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Parker: Who’s the studliest of them all?

WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

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


Noble: S.C. profiles in courage

As a very young boy of 9 years old, I first became interested in politics when my father off-handedly encouraged me to watch the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate in 1960. It changed my life -- literally.

May 27, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Note to self…

The great comedian Bill Engvall coined the catch phrase, "Here's your sign."

May 27, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cahn: The news from next door

I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a $100 bill in hand.

May 25, 2015 | | Columns


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