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Community newspaper more than paper and ink

I've always had a special fondness for community newspapers.

March 18, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller General | Columns


Budget emergency

Over the past few months, in this newspaper and others, you have read a number of columns and op-ed pieces written by administrators and supporters of various programs that receive government funding and are facing the specter of budget cuts.

March 18, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


It's time to cut the clutter

When someone recently asked me to name three things I can't live without, I immediately replied, "My phone, Bible and high heels."

March 18, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


NPR's real headache is local

Could NPR survive without public funding? That depends on which NPR you're talking about.

March 18, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Camden puts out welcome mat for new Shaw neighbors

As Mayor, I am honored to have the opportunity to tell the story of Camden -- to highlight our strengths and boast about our community. Today I have the chance to tell that story to a brand new audience.

March 18, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Interestingness

"He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels."

March 16, 2011 | Trevor Baratko | Columns


Let me call him sweetheart

Eulogies for David Broder are still tumbling from the fingertips of friends and fans. He was the dean of political journalists, a man both generous and gracious, a reporter's reporter. Humble.

March 16, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Meeting the challenges of healthcare evolution

We are in the midst of a dynamic time for healthcare. Two factors in particular are having a major impact -- evolving models for physician practices and healthcare reform.

March 14, 2011 | KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Be a 'Local Hero' during Sunshine Week

It just so happens that this week -- a week after we announced this paper's win in the S.C. Press Association's General Excellence category -- is Sunshine Week.

March 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Some thoughts on merit pay

I've been doing this work for almost 36 years. Having been around public education for that long, I've seen just about every solution to increasing student academic performance that has ever been thought up, usually more than once. In the case of merit pay, this is about the third time around for me. Déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. Legislation pending in the South Carolina General Assembly would freeze teacher salaries at current levels and require State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais to have a merit pay plan ready to present to ...

March 14, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fox's revolving-door pols

Would I ever consider running for office? Amazingly, I sometimes have been asked. No way, I respond. Why would I want to put myself through all of the abuse that I put candidates through?

March 11, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Kershaw County is at a crossroads

Several weeks ago, while at the ALPHA center talking with Paul Napper, we discussed the problems his agency and the Sheriff's Office deal with, with regard to substance abuse. We talked about the families in our county that are being destroyed by drug abuse. We talked about the rise in incidents of criminal domestic violence caused, in part, by drugs. We also talked about the dubious distinction Kershaw County has in that we have the highest DUI fatality rate in the State of South Carolina. I brought up the issue of the extreme number of housebreakings and overall stealing ...

March 11, 2011 | Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Father's goal to read a story of courage

If there's one thing that I love about being a journalist, it's having the ability to tell someone's story.

March 11, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Today's higher education

Today we'll talk about three news stories, all released in a close time frame, and all related to colleges in the United States.

March 11, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Patiently not obsessing

NEW YORK -- This is doubtless heretical, but I'll say it anyway: I can wait to find out who the Republican presidential candidates will be.

March 09, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Cahn: Just call me Charlie Brown

A long, long time ago... oh, wait, that's another pop culture reference.

November 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The start of something (really) big

As a part of writing this column, I go to lots of meetings, community events and conferences all across the state in my never ending search to find out about the people, businesses and community groups that are doing good and important things to make our state better.

November 24, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tucker: From the mailbag

• "Glenn," writes my friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County, "I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people. I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out."

November 21, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Pope calls for family resurrection

WASHINGTON -- News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers -- and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

November 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


I don’t celebrate ‘Turkey Day’

This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Camden’s African-American corridor

In 2008, a group of graduate students from the University of South Carolina's Public History Program produced a study entitled, "The Camden African-American Heritage Project." It was the product of a student group assignment conducted in 2005-06. The students were assisted by many Camden residents in their search for the history of African-Americans in Camden from the Colonial period through the era of civil rights. Though able to spend only one semester researching and writing, the students pulled together an admirable overview of the lives of African-Americans here. In their final recommendations they suggested, among other things, that an ...

November 21, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sheheen: ‘It is the journey that matters most’

I try to live life as a journey full of unknown destinations. And I do believe it is the journey that matters most. During the last year, I was blessed enough to experience a journey throughout our wonderful state of South Carolina. A campaign for governor is a journey through the hearts and souls of many people and places. A statewide campaign is sometimes brutal and sometimes joyful, but never dull. I treasure that journey and thank my friends in Camden and Kershaw County for letting me experience it.

November 19, 2014 | State Sen. Vincent Sheen Guest Op-Ed | Columns


Millennial spendthrifts? Not so

WASHINGTON -- Millennials are foolhardy spendthrifts. But young people basically always are, and that's probably OK.

November 19, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Low and non-specific expectations

I used to have high and/or specific expectations for everything. I was never cynical. As a matter of fact, I was the most optimistic person I knew.

November 19, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


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