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Camden’s town plan ‘Revolutionary!’

We can thank William Penn of colonial Pennsylvania fame for the plan of Camden! By the time that Joseph Kershaw moved to this area in 1758, Philadelphia, Pa., was three quarters of a century old. Penn developed and published plans for Philadelphia, our country's first capital, between 1681 and 1683. In 1683, Penn's Surveyor General, Thomas Holme, published the plan they developed in "Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia." A revolutionary plan at the time, the new city of Philadelphia was to be built around a central public square of 10 acres. In each quadrant of the city ...

June 21, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Don’t shoot the messenger

I've always heard the phrase "don't shoot the messenger" throughout my life. I somewhat understood what it meant -- don't take your anger out on someone who is simply relaying unwanted information. It wasn't until I started my career as a reporter that I developed a deeper and more meaningful relationship with this quote. Being a journalist means that not only do I get to be the bearer of good news involving our community, but sometimes it also involves me being the bearer of bad news. In an ideal and perfect world the only news available to ...

June 19, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Googling ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!"

June 19, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Statehouse ethics: just tell the truth

When I was a young boy growing up and my mother confronted me with something that I knew I had done wrong, I often stammered around, making excuses and trying to avoid fessing up. My mom's response was always the same: "Let's begin by just telling the truth."

June 19, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noted and passed

** A new Gallup poll indicates that Americans rank the performance of Congress at the lowest level since polling on the subject began. Only 10 percent of citizens say they have confidence in Congress, with no discernible difference among those who call themselves Democrats and those who say they're Republicans. Congress rates last on a list of 16 institutions, with the American military ranking first. The Gallup organization has been asking opinions of Congress since 1973, and confidence has been less than 20 percent since 2006.

June 17, 2013 | | Columns


Crisis of faith in government

WASHINGTON -- It is reassuring that in the midst of so much government dysfunction, the IRS has resolved the question of when and whether to tax tanning beds under the Affordable Care Act. Do not be concerned about that giddiness you feel. You are not having a nervous breakdown but are suffering a symptom commonly associated with recognition that the absurd has become the accepted norm -- and that you are, in fact, alone. Indeed, the IRS' tanning ruling comes in the nick of time. Amid incessantly breaking news -- NSA surveillance, IRS political targeting, DOJ seizing, and CIA shrugging -- Americans were beginning ...

June 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


KCSD has had a one terrific school year

The end of the school is a veritable kaleidoscope of activities and excitement, with happiness and even a little relief thrown in for good measure. For me, it's also a time to reflect on the school district's many accomplishments over the past year. To say the least, it's been one terrific year! This month, I wanted to review just a few of the many highlights of 2012-13:

June 17, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Game of Thrones is good, but tough TV

Back in March 2012, I wrote about my newfound love of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. I mentioned -- almost as a side note -- the brilliant HBO television series based on the books (and named after the first novel) Game of Thrones.

June 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Game of Thrones is good, but tough TV

Back in March 2012, I wrote about my newfound love of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. I mentioned -- almost as a side note -- the brilliant HBO television series based on the books (and named after the first novel) Game of Thrones.

June 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Welcome to the good life

Were talking coffee and burgers today, folks.

June 14, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Secrecy scandal? Not so much

When is a scandal not really a scandal? Many are shocked to hear that the government, in its pursuit of terrorists as relentlessly as Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner, is massively snooping into our phone records and popular social networks without search warrants.

June 14, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Addressing the marriage question

I think it's safe to say that I've definitely reached the age where people often feel the need to ask the "marriage question." And by that, I mean frequent inquiries about to whom and when I'm getting married, why I'm not attached at the moment, etc., etc., etc. Which is fine. I don't mind answering that I'm not seeing anyone serious at the moment or that I'm not ready to settle down. I understand that it's just a common question that people are curious to know the answer to.

June 12, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Ideas always welcome here

For the past couple of years, Kimbrell's has been considering closing its Camden furniture store due to the declining downtown foot traffic. Recently, the CEO of Kimbrell's met with Camden officials and, upon hearing of our plans to revitalize Camden, committed to renovate the interior and exterior of their store at the corner of Broad and Rutledge. For those who want to see the eventual results of the ongoing renovation, check out Kimbrell's in downtown Sumter, almost the exact same building. There, Kimbrell's uncovered the second-story windows hidden behind mammoth aluminum cladding, replaced an aluminum awning ...

June 12, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tweaking real life

NEW YORK -- It was never quite clear what feminizing the workplace would mean when women en masse invaded corporate America a generation ago.

June 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Aging matters -- respite:

"I was tired, but it was a different kind of tired. This kind of tired comes from day after day of constant caregiving with no end in sight -- with no hope and no one to care. Respite allowed me to be with people who care and realize that some people understand what caregivers are going through." Like this elderly gentleman, who is a caregiver for his wife living with Alzheimer's disease, you may have a similar story. In fact, you will be surprised to learn that this may be a typical response from any one of the over 770 ...

June 10, 2013 | By Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tucker: Waylon’s advice hits the mark

My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County called me, all hot and bothered, about the big outlaw gang biker shootout a couple weeks ago in Waco, Texas.

May 29, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Mischner: Glenn Tucker, a helluva newspaperman

After many, many years, today may be Glenn Tucker's final column with the Chronicle-Independent (hopefully, he may choose to periodically write one from time to time when he gets the urge). Additionally, he has written the lion's share of this newspapers editorials and that important duty will now be handled by others at the newspaper.

May 29, 2015 | Mike Mischner | Columns


Phillips: ‘To protect and serve’

Every now and then I revisit a topic I've already written about here, especially when there's new information to pass along or a new observation I've made or conclusion I've reached. Such is the case this week.

May 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Parker: Being Bill Kristol

WASHINGTON -- One can understand why The Weekly Standard's William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.

May 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Parker: Who’s the studliest of them all?

WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

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


Noble: S.C. profiles in courage

As a very young boy of 9 years old, I first became interested in politics when my father off-handedly encouraged me to watch the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate in 1960. It changed my life -- literally.

May 27, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Note to self…

The great comedian Bill Engvall coined the catch phrase, "Here's your sign."

May 27, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cahn: The news from next door

I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a $100 bill in hand.

May 25, 2015 | | Columns


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