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Tatum: It’s a fine line we walk

So, I recently read about a guy out in California who is suing the National Park Service because a 16-pound pine cone fell on his head while he was taking a nap under a tree, causing brain damage. The tree is a type of pine tree not indigenous and known for producing these enormous, up to 40-pound seed pods. There were no warning signs posted, according to the story.

October 27, 2015 | | Columns

Parker: Paging Sidney Blumenthal

WASHINGTON -- Who the blast is Sidney Blumenthal?

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

Rich: Book shopping in person is a joy

It was in Oxford, Miss., where it come to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a child skirted in gingham innocence and trimmed with inexperience.

October 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Walker: The stranger I will never forget

We knew we were racing the clock. Massive rain had been forecasted and on Saturday, Oct. 3, it started falling. But no one I knew expected the kind of flooding we saw the next day. Hundreds, if not, thousands of people and animals were almost instantly displaced and homeless. Lost pets were wandering flooded homes and streets. Our 7-month-old puppy, Tilly, would have been one of them, if not for a team of caring volunteers and one hero who appeared out of nowhere.

October 27, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Cahn: The way we do the things we do

Supposedly, one of the worst things you can do in the world is show people how you make the sausage. No one cares -- or they might find it so ugly they run for the hills. All they care about is whether or not the sausage tastes good and is safe to eat.

October 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: Jeb, Jeb, Jeb

WASHINGTON -- It might be time for Katie Couric to ask Jeb Bush what he reads.

October 23, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Gilland: Arborists come for T.R.A.Q.

You know that saying, "Be careful what you wish for?" Well, I recently had two wishes granted. The first was for rain; and that's all I'll say about that. The second wish was to host and attend a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Seminar, or TRAQ for short.

October 23, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Noble: Another wake-up call for S.C.

Occasionally I ask a distinguished guest columnist to share this space. This column is by John Warner, who over a 33-year career has become a widely recognized leader of the innovation and entrepreneurial community in and around South Carolina. He is CEO of Concepts to Companies, which partners with strong academic researchers and other technologists who have compelling business ideas but do not have the experience or the desire to startup companies alone. He can be reached at

October 23, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Tatum: Fiddling among the embers

There's an old adage, something about never discussing religion or politics with friends or family, unless you want to get rid of them forever.

October 20, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Parker: A woman in full

WASHINGTON -- With the latest poll numbers tallied and political pundits having spoken, a consensus has emerged: Hillary Clinton won the first Democratic debate and, barring a Benghazi piñata exploding with revelations, has cinched the nomination.

October 20, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Rich: It really takes a lot to be a proper Southerner

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness. In fact, it takes so much time, it's looking like I may have to give up my job, just to act like Mama raised me and Daddy expected me to do.

October 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Morgan: Do we really need another Act 388?

At a superintendents meeting in September, I heard a presentation from a member of the S.C. Senate Finance Committee staff on budget and revenue issues which will impact our state. It's often difficult to get one's arms around fiscal issues because the information is generally presented in pithy sound bites reflecting the bias of the politician, media person or interest group being quoted. This particular presentation, however, got my attention because it put tangible numbers and an objective picture on the table. I thought the highlights of his speech were worth sharing in this column.

October 20, 2015 | By Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Cahn: Feeling overwhelmed? Me, too

Not just due to the change we've made to our twice a week schedule, or even because of last week's weather, but, goodness!, have I felt overwhelmed lately.

October 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: The Sanders-Trump magical mystery tour

WASHINGTON -- Barrels of ink and galaxies of pixels have been sacrificed to solving the mystery of the spectacular rises of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

October 16, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Richardson: Trailing a ghost

On the evening of August 15, 1780, Catherine Orr Alexander looked up at the night sky in Mecklenburg County and wondered exactly where her husband was. She knew he was in harm's way for he was serving with the Continental troops under Gen. Horatio Gates. Little did she know he was not very far away from Charlotte Town, just down the road toward Camden at Rugeley's Mill, encamped with the American troops who were preparing for an encounter with the British at the garrison at Camden. What ensued would become known as the Battle of Camden. It was ...

October 16, 2015 | | Columns

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Cahn: Other things for which I’m thankful

I'm thankful for my family, my job, where I live and the fact my car hasn't completely broken down.

November 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: Cry havoc, followed by milk & cookies

WASHINGTON -- It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead ...

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

'Wood' you believe we get so much from trees?

The holidays are a good time to reflect on all of the blessings we receive and have as a nation and community. One of the ...

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

Op-Ed: Let’s try for judicial independence

If South Carolina does it one way, and most other states along with the federal government do it another way, we might wonder how likely ...

November 27, 2015 | By Cecilia Brown S.C. Policy Council | Columns

Tatum: Thankfully yours

For awhile there, the older I got, the more I wondered how that happened.

November 24, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Parker: Crazy is as crazy does

WASHINGTON -- One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next?

November 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Rich: Thanksgiving 2015

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that my precious friend Randy Parks, one ...

November 24, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Walker: Saving lives with your life’s passion

How fitting to write this article for the Chronicle-Independent because the Chronicle sparked a flame which has benefitted hundreds and hundreds of homeless pets.

November 24, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-ed: Eminent domain and the new threat to property rights

On Tuesday, October 20, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee met to discuss and take testimony on S.868, a bill that would grant the power of ...

November 24, 2015 | By Shane McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


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