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'The Help' tells crucial chapter in history

A few weeks ago, I went to the movies to see "The Help." I hadn't read Kathryn Stockett's book yet, and to be honest, I didn't even plan on reading it until after I saw the movie.

August 26, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Silence really is golden

It's 4:30 in the morning, and my world is wrapped in silence.

August 26, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Football season energizes community

Football is coming back to Camden tonight

August 26, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


President Rick W. Perry

NEW YORK -- Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can resist the comparison all he wants, but he's more like George W. Bush than George W. Bush.

August 24, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


America a better place because of men like Charles Murray

As Americans, we're blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world. But all too often we tend to take for granted the heroes among us who fought and sacrificed to protect us, our ideals, and our freedom.

August 24, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller General | Columns


Message over actions gives Sanford second life in politics

Sometimes it's an easy formula when running for political office. Tell people what they want to hear and reap the rewards. At one time, that formula was working perfectly for former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford. He knew how to send a political message and how to make people listen.

August 24, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


The charging T-Rex of truth

You think you're on top of your game. Then out of the blue comes that stray freight train, that looming bomb, that guided missile that annihilates all those illusions.

August 22, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Coming to terms with 'The Help'

Mother used to tell this story.

August 22, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


2 little girls at heart of Pacific island mystery

6 a.m. Wednesday, May 25. Faloma and Meleina Luhk (pronounced "Luke"), ages 10 and 9, are seen sitting on a concrete slab across from their bus stop in an area of Saipan known as As Teo. They never made it on the bus that came a half-hour later. They haven't been seen since. No one knows where they are, or at least they're not saying.

August 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Another school year for students, parents

It's back-to-school time again.

August 19, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Island family

Most of the people who lived there and felt an allegiance to the crown left the area around 230 years ago. Many of the loyalists or Tories voluntarily left before the American Revolution, but those who sided and fought with the British eventually lost their homes and fled.

August 19, 2011 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Decline of Tea Party a hopeful sign

Cheer up. Not everything went down over the last two weeks.

August 19, 2011 | Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Triking it

If you've recently traveled to a vacation area that's popular with motorcyclists -- Myrtle Beach or the Blue Ridge Parkway come to mind -- you might have noticed the latest trend in the biker world, a development that only a decade ago would have been considered unfathomable:

August 19, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


A business like no other

While our mission is to provide excellent health care, ultimately, hospitals like KershawHealth are a business. They generate income, pay salaries, make investments in facilities and equipment, and face expenses related to providing care. As we all know, it is impossible to operate indefinitely when expenses outpace income. That is why KershawHealth has been working diligently to improve efficiency and contain costs. But hospitals are, in some very significant aspects, a business unlike any other.

August 17, 2011 | KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Untrending Palin

NEW YORK -- The latest trend in the media world is "trending." That is, monitoring what people are buzzing about and directing coverage accordingly.

August 17, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | 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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