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Letter to Mitt

WASHINGTON -- Dear Mitt: Consider me a neighbor leaning over the picket fence. You have a picket fence, don't you? An ivy-covered wall? Fine, I'll get a ladder.

March 09, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


'Heartbeat' of journalism

Localism is trending today in the realms of food and finance. The institution of the local community newspaper is also popular, but it wasn't blogged into being - it was born long before videos started going viral. Major-metropolitan newspapers may be a slowly dying breed, but community newspapers prove that American journalism is alive, well and living in the rural areas, small towns and suburbs of our land.

March 09, 2012 | Bradley J. Furnish Access Advertising LLC | Columns


Rush the uniter

WASHINGTON -- Who'd have thought that Rush Limbaugh would become the great uniter in this divisive political season?

March 07, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A hiding place

Life often becomes so hectic that an individual would like to hide. Walt Disney's movie gave a hint with the lyrics "Everybody needs a laughing place to go, ho, ho." If someone can have a laughing place, he certainly needs a hiding place when no laughter exists. Such a place is possible. All an individual needs is the ability to leave his body while still standing in line or facing a tirade of some sort. Of course, the individual must be able to reenter reality and have some gist of what has occurred there. I have long had a ...

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


Cooler heads heading home

Add Olympia Snowe's name to the list of senators exiting Washington D.C., in 2012. The moderate senator from Maine announced last Tuesday that she will not be seeking re-election to the Senate where she has served for nearly two decades.

March 07, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A treasure of books and magazines

One of the holiday gifts I received this past season was a bundle of five books -- the first five books in George R.R. Martin's ongoing fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire. People are getting to know the books thanks to the HBO series named after the first book, "A Game of Thrones."

March 05, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Santorum’s reverse snobbery

Who would have guessed that President Barack Obama's call for more college opportunities was secretly a liberal indoctrination plot?

March 05, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The Lady in the Rocker

With the warm afternoon sun glistening on her silver hair, she sat in her rocker on her front porch reading her Bible. At other times, a flock of grandchildren gathered around her rocker for ghost stories which, when remembered later at bedtime, caused them to shiver and tightly gather the covers around their necks or cover their heads completely.

March 05, 2012 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


Old Glory

Several weeks ago, the untimely death of a well-known singer caused a media frenzy of sorts and snared the attention of many. Most of us saw at least one report relating to the death of Whitney Houston and the apparent basis of her demise. In fact, I believe it safe to say, the majority would agree Ms. Houston's death was a sad and senseless loss of life for such a young and gifted performer. Few would debate this veracity. However, in this case, for reasons unknown, there appeared to be a penalty for the fame, fortune, and talent; tragic ...

March 02, 2012 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A different take on fashion

The Academy Awards show has come and gone.

March 02, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Santorum’s snobbery

WASHINGTON -- Politicians say the darnedest things, especially when their lips are moving.

March 02, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


How sex hijacked election talk

How has an election year that was supposed to be all about economic recovery suddenly become all about sex? Critics blame the media. They have a point. The media keep reporting what the candidates are saying.

March 02, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Unseemly blame-shifting on gas prices

One of the tightropes politicians walk is finding ways to take credit for things that go right while blaming opponents for things that go wrong.

February 29, 2012 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


The trials of Saint Santorum

WASHINGTON -- You've likely heard by now that the presidential election may pivot on the unlikely "controversy" of birth control.

February 29, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


FOI bill limiting charges deserves support by House

A bill that would allow South Carolinians to get copies of public documents faster and less expensively is heading to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

February 29, 2012 | Trisha O'Connor Chair, S.C. Press Association FOI Committee | Columns


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New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns


Rock of Ages

I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...

July 30, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Me Inc. offers plenty of dividends

WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."

July 30, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The legend of Lloyd Seay

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Star Trek ... in the news!

OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


51 days in a car with boys

If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.

July 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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