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March 28, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Let’s fill up ‘The Cup’

What I am told is the biggest annual event in Kershaw County is tomorrow, and I get to experience it for the first time. The 82nd Carolina Cup is here, and as the newest member of the Chronicle-Independent staff, I get the honor of attending and documenting the event.

March 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Frosts and Freezes not over, oh my!

To say these past few months have been cold is an understatement and while my northern roots have relished getting my wool sweaters out of the cedar chest, our trees and other plants have not had the ability to bundle up for warmth. No matter how you slice it, our woody friends have been exposed to dramatically cold temperatures this winter and even though spring is officially here, we have yet to see how Mother Nature's wintery touch has affected (or may still affect) all things green.

March 28, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dershowitz & Starr: A matter of principle

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.

March 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The über-wealthy and their toys

We read about people who make hundreds of millions of dollars a year, but for most of us, it's difficult to even imagine such wealth.

March 28, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A map never hurt anyone

In this changing world, I occasionally find myself looking for the things that last. What I mean is, basically everything from the way we do business to entertainment to communication has been revolutionized over the past 20 to 30 years with the advent of computers and the Internet. Computers are awesome, but there are times you just need a person rather than a machine to help you out.

March 26, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Finland: the best schools in the world

We hear lots of talk, especially around election time, about improving schools in South Carolina. What we don't hear much about is what a truly world class school would look like, or how we would go about creating such a thing.

March 26, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Basketball prowess

When I listened to the news yesterday, I heard that a school resource officer (and part-time policeman) was in trouble for a problem concerning a basketball and lack of respect from a student. While I do now know what happened -- just that, according to the news, the gentlemen shoved a 14-year-old male. I also had a problem concerning these two, except my male student was older. I did not receive coverage in the newspaper or the television. Here is what happened.

March 26, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Photo-oping salvation

WASHINGTON -- This week's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

March 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


An award and an honorable mention

I was absolutely thrilled Saturday with the C-I's win of the Reid Montgomery FOI award from the S.C. Press Association. It was a real surprise. A good number of papers in this state spend a lot of their time on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and open government issues. Some of them file FOIA requests right and left. Some papers' stories end up setting legal precedents.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Lives in common

The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled. "My husband said to buy whatever I wanted."

March 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Camden’s Robert Mills jail

When you are researching Robert Mills, South Carolina's first superintendent of public buildings, you inevitably end up trekking off to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the repository for South Carolina's historical state documents. We have an "inside track" there. One of our staff members, Sarah Murray, is married to Robert Murray, a long-time state archives employee. As a prelude to some of our research trips there, we ask Robert to scope out our prospects when the on-line database at the state archives does not yield what we are looking for. Sure enough, Robert found that ...

March 21, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Being Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON -- "Once an agent, always an agent."

March 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


This is not Mayberry

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. They especially know it if my cell phone happens to ring, as my ringtone is the song "The Fishing Hole," more commonly known as The Andy Griffith Show theme song. When it goes off, how can you not picture Andy and Opie coming down the dirt road with their fishing poles?

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Little chance of corporate reform

Conservatives are mightily concerned -- rightly so -- about runaway entitlement spending in this country. Various social programs enacted since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society began in the mid-1960s are at a boiling point.

March 21, 2014 | | Columns


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Butterflies are free

As I have written here at least once before, only to be proven wrong, Spring is finally here. I really hope I am right this time, but I guess we're never completely immune in April to a cold front coming through that would bring a rainy day or two and then the drop in temperature that always follows. But, let's keep the optimism up and say, with faith, that Spring really is here to stay.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Grandmother Hillary

WASHINGTON -- The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

April 25, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A simple phone call

It was a simple phone call, out of the blue, from someone I'd known years before.

April 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Sticking up for the Pine tree

Nothing quite marks spring here in South Carolina like the blooming of daffodils and dogwoods, the fluttering of robins and the release of the pine pollen. Each spring as I walk my dog through the woods during the height of pine pollen release, my footsteps stir the airy spores and coat my shoes. Is it annoying? You betcha. But you know this is the natural order of things and one of Mother Nature's most basic processes, reproduction.

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


Got Putin, yet?

WASHINGTON -- The new "agreement" between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered.

April 23, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Just keep walking

Sylvia Plath said, in her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, "There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them." While I do fully agree with the literary force of genius that is Plath, if that had been my statement, I would have written it: "There must be quite a few things a hot bath or a long walk won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

April 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Giving Back

Recently, I was listening to a talk radio host railing about how public schools "no longer teach values." This issue seems to be a mantra of sorts for some folks in the media, many of whom I suspect haven't been anywhere near a public school in years. As someone who is in public schools every day, I can't for the life of me figure out what this view is based on. I know it's not based on reality.

April 21, 2014 | | Columns


Easter Memories and Hope

It is each of the many Easters of my life that I remember more clearly than any other holiday. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely, and the two times that I wasn't home – one working in Washington, D.C. and another in London.

April 21, 2014 | Rhonda Rich | Columns


Noted and passed - April 21, 2014

** Thomas Ravenel, the former state treasurer who served prison time for cocaine distribution, now stars in a reality television show called "Southern Charm." Ravenel stumbles through the show in a haze of alcohol and bad judgment. He and his girlfriend, who's 30 years his junior, recently had a baby in Florida. Ravenel says he intends to revive his political career by running for the U. S. Senate from the Palmetto State. The guys in Vegas would probably lay some long odds on his chances for success.

April 21, 2014 | | Columns


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