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Monitoring ‘Generation M2’

"You've got mail!" Ah, the words so many of us associate with our first email accounts, our AOL email accounts. Hearing that proverbial voice almost produced an air of excitement in an otherwise monotonous day behind our desks, a welcomed distraction in the daily grind. Of course, a great deal has changed since the late '90s. My son was quick to tell me recently our AOL account was a dinosaur and we should really update as soon as possible. He belongs to what some call "Generation M2," highly tech-savvy children ages 8 to 18, whose lives are immersed in ...

May 03, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Show some appreciation everyday

As the Chronicle-Independent's education reporter, April usually brings lots of "graduations" and ceremonies celebrating students' achievements from throughout their high school career. Last year, I determined, and confirmed this year, that if I ever have a child I will be one of those moms who cries at all of my kids events.

May 03, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Tucker for President -- of Clemson

Clemson University is looking for a new president, and I'm interested in the job.

May 03, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Give ‘bomb control’ a chance

He thought his wife was in love with another man, police say, so James L. McFillin of Baltimore decided to blow the other man up.

May 01, 2013 | | Columns


Sexuality in athletics

Earlier this week, NBA player Jason Collins came out to the public as being gay. His announcement made headlines on just about every news website and blog that I scanned over and, of course, Facebook and Twitter were taken over with personal opinions regarding the subject. I support Collins and commend him on his bravery for deciding to "come out of the closet" and to be honest with the public about his sexuality. I'm proud of how far we as a society have come that key professional athletes are able to be open about who they are and are ...

May 01, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


The Bush I knew

WASHINGTON -- In a reprieve from the horror of the most recent terrorist attack, the nation's attentions turned to the man who declared the war on terrorism, George W. Bush.

May 01, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Big Al and the rabbit fish

More than 50 years ago, I spent many a day fishing with my maternal grandfather on Lake Wateree. He was known to all as Daddy John and the lake was always called The River. Daddy John knew the location of every Bream/Crappy-Bed and Catfish-Hole at The River. Amazingly, he knew all of the fish in the lake by name. He also knew a great big turtle that he affectionately called Big Al.

April 29, 2013 | By William 'Rusty' Major C-I guest columnist | Columns


A few items from the grab bag

This is one of those weeks where I don't have any one thing in particular to write about. That is due in part, at least, to the fact that I was sick most of last week with a touch of bronchitis. What fun.

April 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The terror of not knowing

WASHINGTON -- As the manhunt for the Boston bombers reached its climactic conclusion, Americans of all hues and backgrounds heaved a sigh of relief. Thank goodness it wasn't ... fill in the blank:

April 29, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gay marriage battle not same as civil rights movement

No one wants to be labeled a bigot. Not in this day or age. Not at this time in American culture, and especially not pertaining to the current battle on gay marriage.

April 29, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Columns


When profiling becomes a real menace

Some media found the possibility that foreign terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon to be too tantalizing an explanation to pass up, even when it snares the wrong suspects.

April 26, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Faith healing v. common sense

When do religious affiliation and common sense collide?

April 26, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Spring-time tips for healthy trees

I said this last month, but now I really mean it -- Happy Spring! It's evident spring is here by seeing the hordes of folks scurrying around in the garden section of many of our local stores. For many of us the allure of warm weather and blooming plants stirs us to get outside and get our hands in the dirt. If you haven't gotten outside yet to do your spring cleaning, sprucing and planting, let me offer some tips to ensure your trees provide you with decades of enjoyment.

April 26, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Upgrading the loo

Fancy bathrooms are all the rage.

April 26, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Issues with airplanes

This weekend, I will be traveling via airplane for the first time alone. Needless to say, I'm pretty nervous about the whole ordeal. For starters, I'm terrified of heights. I'm talking, if I see a photo of someone skydiving or one of those "cool" pictures in National Geographic where a person is scaling a cliff, my heart rate automatically speeds up and I feel nauseous, bordering on a panic attack, and have to turn the page as quickly as possible. I get nervous looking out the window of a third-story building window. If I ever went to ...

April 24, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


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Tatum: Getting our just desserts

When I was a wise-elbowed, wet nosed kid barely out of college, a lot of people used to annoy me with questions about what I wanted to do for a living.

June 29, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Waiting for Obama

(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)

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


Cahn: Getting executive sessions right

Listen up, local public bodies: the S.C. Supreme Court recently ruled in a North Augusta case which I hope will make clearer -- if not settle once and for all -- how you enter executive sessions.

June 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: A father to remember

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gilland: The Snake Tree (Part 2)

(In last month's column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn't handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.)

June 26, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Take it down

WASHINGTON -- In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late Monday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.

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


Noble: Denmark Vesey and Clementa Pinckney

One of the questions of the tragic killing of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is, why him? And, why now?

June 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Phillips: The lost art of playing

I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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