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A different Christmas

I guess every child hears how lucky he is from his parents. I am not sure the story is true. My mother, a widow with little education, told me how meager her Christmases had been in a family of 12 children. According to her, she was lucky to get an apple or an orange, a finger-sized doll and a stick of candy. My brother and I, on the other hand, usually got much more. I remember quite clearly that Santa never got the idea right that I despised dolls, so I received one every year. Contrary to the dolls of ...

November 14, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What they learned

WASHINGTON -- The headline was inevitable: "What went wrong? "

November 14, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


False tweets, future jailbirds?

I have never been quite as wrapped up with Twitter as a lot of my colleagues are, although the 140-characters-or-less medium appears to be ideally suited to today's shortened attention spans.

November 12, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


An election that debased our dreams

Four-year-old Abigael Evans spoke for millions when she sobbed, "I'm tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney."

November 12, 2012 | | Columns


Military Monday - Nov. 12, 2012

(John Baird, an army lieutenant colonel (LTC), is the brother of Rupert Baird, who wrote a number columns for the Chronicle-Independent during his deployment several years ago. LTC Baird is now doing the same. His columns will appear periodically on Mondays during his deployment.)

November 12, 2012 | By LTC John Baird C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The challenge goes to the victors

Last Tuesday's election here in Camden was the tightest I have seen. Mayor-elect Tony Scully won only 91 more votes than incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Graham to win the mayor's seat on council, a mere 2.5 percent difference. Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford and Councilwoman-elect Laurie Parks both earned approximately 27 percent of the vote. The other challengers, Johnny Deal and Peggy Ogburn earned approximately 23 percent each. The sports complex ballot question failed by only 254 votes, or 7 percent.

November 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Glad the elections are over

My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County is glad the elections are over.

November 09, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The effects of legalizing marijuana

Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational marijuana use this week.

November 09, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Turkey time

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us once again and I'll be the first to admit I'm elated. The fourth Thursday in November has always been my holiday of choice. Waiting to see if Santa has pleased all the good boys and girls under our roof weighs heavier on the stress-o-meter than does the debate on how dry my turkey is. Make no mistake, as the meaning of Christmas is at the absolute top. Thanksgiving tends to be, for me, a bit more calming in a loud, laughter-induced kind of way. Its focus is somewhat more ...

November 09, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Hidden side of Obama’s race gap

In his 2008 "More Perfect Union" speech, presidential candidate Barack Obama declared, "Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now." Then he tried his best to ignore it.

November 09, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Unique gifts

Almost all former teachers have gifts from their pupils -- notes, pictures, jewelry, household dishes. I have an inordinate amount. One I gave back to the presenters because it was so precious: a counted cross stitch picture with a beautiful teacher dedication. You see, three students from the same family were involved. The male from the family had demanded that he be included when his sisters did the work, so he gave money to purchase it. When I retired, I thought they would have better use for it in their classroom. Only seamstresses have any idea how much work is involved ...

November 07, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Poll dancing

(Kathleen Parker's column was written Friday, prior to the election.)

November 07, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The ‘none of the above’ option

It's going to be hard for a country fella from Clearwater to be the next governor of South Carolina. Even I knew that as a naïve teenager and first-time voter six years ago. Yet there I stood at the ballot box, my finger resolutely picking Tommy Moore over Mark Sanford.

November 07, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


‘Free’ doesn’t mean we’re skimping

Free. It's a lovely word, isn't it? For most of us this week, "free" means voting for our candidates of choice or express how we feel about certain issues.

November 05, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


FEMA vs. ‘Romnesia’

Words have a way of coming back to haunt Mitt Romney, especially when he says them in front of television cameras.

November 05, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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Lessons from Patient Zero

WASHINGTON -- Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

October 29, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The deepest hole

July 27 marked the beginning of the most stressful week of my life. It began with the surprising news of my aunt's passing, and on top of having to deal with that, I also had to get through my last week of two summer classes and do work for two other classes that would end the following week.

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Bradlee contributed to our democracy

Ben Bradlee became editor of The Washington Post the year I was born, 1965. He stepped down when I was 26, in 1991, the year after I moved to the Midlands of South Carolina.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

October 27, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Ebola fear and politics, from Bamberg to Bangkok

Ebola is scary. It has scared the bejesus out of us here in South Carolina, nationally and literally all over the world.

October 27, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why a hike in the gas tax is a terrible idea

The issue of road funding -- or, to put it slightly differently, the question of how South Carolina should fix its broken road system -- is now a constant topic in politics and the media. A fair number of state lawmakers have therefore begun to advocate what politicians always advocate when they don't want to make tough decisions about the budget: raising taxes, specifically the fuel tax.

October 27, 2014 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

October 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Grilling steaks, frying turkeys

It's said that Bear Bryant, the legendary football coach at Alabama, once remarked, "Every man thinks he knows how to do two things perfectly: grill a steak and coach a football team."

October 24, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Aging leaves and Autumn color

Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse Southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of a tree's life cycle is autumn color.

October 24, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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