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American Party of S.C. hot at State Fair

Like tens of thousands of other South Carolinians, I went to the State Fair in Columbia a few weeks ago. It was great fun, and all the usual attractions were there. But there was something new this year -- and it was hot.

December 13, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Clearing the clutter at year’s end

I walked into my room the other day and some horror movie music should have started playing, because it was a nightmare in the 29223 zip code. After standing in the doorway looking at all of my stuff, I made it my mission to get rid of everything I don't need, properly store what I'm not using and better organize everything that I use on a daily basis. I don't know too much about feng shui, but I'm pretty sure the concept is accurate. I couldn't remember the last time I'd opened my blinds ...

December 13, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

‘The Christmas Letter’

It's that time of year again, when "The Christmas Letter" arrives from friends.

December 13, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Make a girl laugh

WASHINGTON -- Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

December 13, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

The pope and the president

WASHINGTON -- We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.

December 11, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Why Christmas is just awesome

I went with my friend, Jody, and her daughters recently to see the Christmas lights at Swan Lake in Sumter. It was so fun to spend an evening with the excitement of children at Christmas. I have a real love for driving around with the heat blasting in my face, Mariah Carey Christmas turned up and singing, as loudly as I can, "All I want for Christmas is YOU!"

December 11, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns

What comes after the welfare state?

The welfare state is now omnipresent in every part of the United States. The federal budget is dominated by entitlement spending, with 45 percent of federal spending in 2012 going to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare (among other health care entitlements). Simultaneously, states are struggling under the fiscal burdens imposed on them by mandatory entitlement programs: for example, spending by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (primarily on Medicaid) has averaged $1.21 billion over the last three budget years.

December 09, 2013 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns

The 11th hour: Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina

What if I told you that it's the 11th hour, and that the proof is Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina?

December 09, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Drop off our kids safely, please

I'm the parent of a Camden Middle School (CMS) student. Each weekday morning, I drop him off after taking his brother to another school.

December 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

The poor dirt farmer

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it for it's all they've ever known.

December 09, 2013 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

The GOP’s toxic messaging

WASHINGTON -- As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.

December 06, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

What I AIN’T grateful for

Last week I told you about a lot of things for which I'm thankful.

December 06, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

‘Tis the season of lots to do

A blog I follow posted a piece last year about Christmas traditions. The woman who writes the blog is newly married and wanted to start some holiday traditions with her husband and carry them on if they should ever have children.

December 06, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

Imagine your crimson pot

I'll be first to admit I'm a pushover when it comes to stories of do-gooders and their noble deeds of "giving back." As it goes, at this time of the year -- the season of giving -- many of us find ourselves looking for ways to be charitable, for ways to help others in some capacity. No doubt, the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's finds most of us in that feel-good benevolent mood (we hope). And in this bountiful season, exactly where we fall on the generosity meter quite frankly depends less on what we think determines our ...

December 06, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns

Spend the money and get what you want

Shopping for friends and family members can be fun, but it can also be very stressful. I can't tell you how many holidays have come and gone where I've waited until the last minute to buy Christmas presents for my nearest and dearest. It's not because I don't have the opportunity. Bien au contraire, mon ami, ce n'est pas vrai.

December 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns

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Cahn: Other things for which I’m thankful

I'm thankful for my family, my job, where I live and the fact my car hasn't completely broken down.

November 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: Cry havoc, followed by milk & cookies

WASHINGTON -- It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead ...

November 27, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

'Wood' you believe we get so much from trees?

The holidays are a good time to reflect on all of the blessings we receive and have as a nation and community. One of the ...

November 27, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-Ed: Let’s try for judicial independence

If South Carolina does it one way, and most other states along with the federal government do it another way, we might wonder how likely ...

November 27, 2015 | By Cecilia Brown S.C. Policy Council | Columns

Tatum: Thankfully yours

For awhile there, the older I got, the more I wondered how that happened.

November 24, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Parker: Crazy is as crazy does

WASHINGTON -- One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next?

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

Rich: Thanksgiving 2015

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that my precious friend Randy Parks, one ...

November 24, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Walker: Saving lives with your life’s passion

How fitting to write this article for the Chronicle-Independent because the Chronicle sparked a flame which has benefitted hundreds and hundreds of homeless pets.

November 24, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-ed: Eminent domain and the new threat to property rights

On Tuesday, October 20, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee met to discuss and take testimony on S.868, a bill that would grant the power of ...

November 24, 2015 | By Shane McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


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