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Phillips: The best medicine

The world, and life in general, is filled with sadness, despair, hopelessness, hatred, evil, negativity and sorrow of all kinds. Sorry to be such a downer, but it's simply a fact. There's a lot of bad feelings, attitudes and emotions we all face every day, from others and even from within ourselves.

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Noble: Doing the near impossible -- quickly

What's your favorite pet: dog or cat? What do you prefer on your hot dog: mustard or ketchup? Who do you like for president: Hillary or Jeb?

July 29, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Eavesdropping on E.T.

I read the other day Stephen Hawking is leading a new effort to look for extraterrestrial life.

July 27, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: It goes so fast

A friend said something the other day which has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

July 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Walker: Cat-tastrophe

America is No. 1 in the world for the number of cats with an estimated 74 million felines. Experts believe there are millions of unspayed, unneutered, unwanted and uncared for cats. They roam our streets and are multiplying at lightning speed.

July 27, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: Abbeville case key to S.C.'s future

There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix it. The question is will we?

July 27, 2015 | | Columns


Cahn: Looking back at myself

My father recently pulled the old "baby picture" trick, but for the modern age.

July 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Trumping himself

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.

July 24, 2015 | | Columns


Moment of Nature - July 24, 2015

The mere mention of the word "root extraction" concurs up images of the dentist chair, Novocain and the shrill sound of the drilling tool, which sends a shiver up my spine! Thankfully, extraction in this context is not of tooth roots but of tree roots.

July 24, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: A modest proposal for humanity

WASHINGTON -- In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.

July 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: The roots run deep

My mother's family has six in her generation. She is the oldest, followed by my Aunt Doris and my uncles Mart, Bill, Jim and John. They grew up on a small farm in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri, but are now scattered about, as many families are. They are a remarkable bunch.

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Tatum: More landmarks on Curmudgeon Road

So we were standing together, my Beloved and I, in our front yard, the breeze from passing cars rustling our bumper crop of crabgrass. The conversation had to do with weighing the various and sundry options we are considering for the yard -- and there are quite a few, actually.

July 20, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: It’s hard to quit your raising

Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly. I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.

July 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Morgan: Forty years

At the end of the past school year, I finished 40 years of working in public education. To put this in perspective, Gerald Ford was president when I began my career as a middle school teacher and coach in 1975. That's seven presidents ago. This mostly makes me old. The 40-year milestone has caused me to do a lot of thinking about where public education has been and where it's going.

July 20, 2015 | By Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: Closer to closing the Lyon case

Eleven months ago, I wrote about what has long been considered a kidnapping case which has haunted me since just before my 10th birthday. More than 40 years ago, on March 25, 1975, two sisters disappeared from a mall near where I used to live in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Montgomery County, Md.

July 17, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Cahn: When journalism is dangerous

Wednesday morning, a Roanoke, Va., TV news reporter and her videographer died, murdered -- during a live report -- by a man described as a disgruntled former ...

August 28, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rampell: N.Y.’s bizarre uproar over topless women

NEW YORK -- The city that never sleeps has good reason to remain sleepless these days. A new terror imperils New York, threatening to destroy all ...

August 28, 2015 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - Aug. 28, 2015

If I were creative enough to write a song about the weather conditions this summer and how they have impacted our public trees, I would ...

August 28, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: The Promise Zone

One of the most shameful and enduring problems in South Carolina is the huge gap between the prosperous/urban and poor/rural areas of our ...

August 28, 2015 | | Columns


Rampell: The 2016 field is full of deadbeats

There's a certain demographic in this country -- it's unseemly to mention the specific population by name -- which has no sense of personal responsibility.

August 26, 2015 | | Columns


Phillips: The good, the bad and the ugly

Here at the Chronicle-Independent we are charged with the task of reporting the news. Way to state the obvious, right? But, simply put, it's ...

August 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Burns: Control our destiny; invest in our future

Open for Business! Recently Kershaw County had wonderful news in Economic Development with expansions at Suominen and Haier. Our leaders on the Kershaw County Council ...

August 26, 2015 | By Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns C-I guest columnist | Columns


Jenkins: Camping with kids

This summer was a busy one. Among other trips, we made our annual pilgrimage to Table Rock State Park to camp and commune. We've ...

August 26, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: It’s a pretty theory, but…

So I read where a company called Snake River is now marketing a product called Dronemunition.

August 24, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

August 24, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Rampell: China lets the market decide

Washington has finally found an issue which can unite both left and right: big, bad, currency-manipulating China.

August 24, 2015 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


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