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Bierbauer: Charlie Hebdo and free speech

Journalists did not need the atrocity of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to know ours is a risky business. But it has made the rest of the world aware of the price of exercising free speech.

January 21, 2015 | Charles Bierbauer C-I guest columnist | Columns


Noble: The moral test of government in S.C.

Gov. Nikki Haley was recently sworn in for her second four-year term and a new legislature convened in the State House. This seems like an appropriate time to look back on their record over the last four years.

January 21, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: Maybe we do need to raise the gas tax

An interesting intersection of circumstances has come up in regards to our roads.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The world’s view of ‘being cool’

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.

January 19, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: Shareholders keep eye on DuPont proxy fight

Though it's been many years since DuPont Co. maintained a sizeable presence here in Kershaw County, there are no doubt hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of May Plant retirees who still hold the company's stock in their retirement fund and depend on it to maintain their standard of living.

January 16, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: Greece’s long-term debt crisis

WASHINGTON -- Greece looks poised to demand more debt relief, and Germany has already begun dismissing these demands. But if history is any guide, more rounds of restructuring are likely in store, and Greece's creditors should probably brace themselves for more, and bigger, haircuts.

January 16, 2015 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Phillips: Small town doesn’t mean small time

I have written here before about how much I like Camden and Kershaw County. That's not just an attempt to get on and stay on "the good side" of those who have always called this wonderful place home. It really is from my heart, and I've lived in enough different places to be able to make that kind of determination. I know the difference.

January 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Richardson: Carnegie’s role in establishing America’s public libraries

"The man who dies … rich dies disgraced."

January 16, 2015 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Owens: I don’t need a picture because I do remember

While listening to music and brainstorming topics for my column this weekend, an old favorite song popped into my head.

January 14, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Arrants: Hawks of a similar look

Here we are in the first days of 2015. Happily, I am beginning this new year by looking forward to the next chapter as I finally move from a house and location I outgrew years ago. As part of selling my house and moving, the process of packing has become a gigantic task of both what to keep and where to put it all. I never knew I had so many useless items until I filled garbage bags with high school yearbooks and other things I can neither assign memory or value. What I dearly love about nature, though, is ...

January 14, 2015 | By Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Hyping Obama’s Paris fail

WASHINGTON -- If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris.

January 14, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Cahn: We’re all part of ‘Team Civilization’

I'm having to do it again. It's a compulsion, I suppose, but at least it's a good one, in my opinion. Once again, I see some people on Facebook or other spots on the internet calling for the utter destruction of "Muslims" or "Islam."

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Living through Southern Living with Lindsay

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved -- Southern Living -- changed. Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change which is why our traditions have such strangle hold. We never let go.

January 12, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Scarborough’s Kershaw County ‘Faces’

In 1858, James Chesnut Jr. was elected U.S. Senator from South Carolina. On Feb 15, 1859, this entry was recorded in portrait painter William H. Scarborough's account book, "of James Chesnut Sr., $113.35." The senior Chesnut was paying for the portrait painted by Scarborough of his son James, the newly elected U.S. Senator.

January 12, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Noble: The worst thing in S.C. politics in 40 years

I have been actively involved in politics in South Carolina for almost 40 years, and what Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson recently did in the Abbeville education case is without question the worst and most outrageous action I have ever seen. The Worst.

January 12, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tucker: Lies, lies and more lies

Lying is in the news these days.

February 27, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Twitter as America’s conscience

WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.

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


Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - Feb. 27, 2015

Murder is a strong word and truth be known it's not really what happens (unfortunately) when a crape myrtle, a Southern signature tree is topped, but it has become a familiar vernacular amongst plant people. If crape myrtles did in fact die when they were butchered, then the practice would stop.

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


Parker: The love litmus test

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.

February 25, 2015 | | Columns


Tatum: Surfing back to the library

"Seriously, moron? How about just clean up the place already!"

February 25, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Wilson: Another tragic display of South Carolina’s domestic violence problem

On Feb. 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina (USC) received a text message warning "SHOTS FIRED" -- two words which would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.

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


Cahn: ‘This isn’t why I moved down South’

During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Out of control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

February 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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