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Parker: Our bias, ourselves

WASHINGTON -- Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer American cops are racist and a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.

January 07, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Cahn: We made it to the future

(Editor Martin L. Cahn has been on vacation, but took the time before he left to update this column from Jan. 2, 2012. Happy New Year!)

January 05, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: History is better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

January 05, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: De Blasio needs a better script

There's about as much love between New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the city's police department as there is between Sony and North Korea.

January 02, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Scully: A time to remember

Happy New Year to all. Thank you especially to those bright spirits for whom the glass is always half full. Thank you to those who give others the benefit of the doubt. Thank you to those who see the advantages of moving forward with new projects and new ideas, regardless of possible complications and delays. Thank you to those who understand that you get what you pay for. Thank you to those who know from long experience that Camden has the most exceptionally kind and understanding people on the planet.

January 02, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Phillips: My new adventure

I think everyone should try something new every now and then. After all, variety is supposed to be the spice of life, so they say. Maybe that sounds odd coming from me, as I have openly admitted on these pages that I prefer watching old TV shows and movies over and over no matter how many times I have seen them before.

January 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Parker: The joke's on us

WASHINGTON -- A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punchlines.

December 31, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Owens: This I will keep

In less than 24 hours, we will be in a new year. Many of us will make New Year's Resolutions and few of us will act on and keep them. As I said in my column about two or three weeks ago (my year in review), the second half of 2014 was rough for me but the unfortunate happenings opened my eyes and made me realize something important, something that I have not quite been doing.

December 31, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Noble: S.C. New Year’s resolutions

This is the time for New Year's resolutions and I have a few for our state.

December 31, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: ‘Mr. BB’ is my Person of the Year

I could very easily name my Person of the Year as the Person of the Decade and a Half.

December 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Looking back before I look forward

When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits.

December 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: Xmas Score: Scrooges 4, Me 14

Here we are, in the midst of the Christmas season, and the Scrooges of the world have once again tried to ruin it for everybody.

December 26, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: Quotas could harm women’s careers

Women deserve more seats in the highest corporate echelons. But a mandate is the wrong way to get there.

December 26, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Phillips: It’s been a mighty good year

As a new year comes along, it's a time when most of us naturally reflect back on the previous 12 months and think about our accomplishments, our failures and other things that fall somewhere in between. For me, the end of the year has a very special meaning, since my first day on the staff of the Chronicle-Independent was Dec. 30, 2013. Happy anniversary to me. Yes, indeed, it is.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature for Dec. 26, 2014

When this appears in print, it will be the day after Christmas and I hope the day was a meaningful one for you. The candlelight church services will be over, meals will have been eaten, the presents opened and the relatives come and gone (or not). What still remains, though, are the "hanging of the greens." This includes wreaths, door drapery, mantel mounds, banister baubles and of course the Christmas tree. Whether your greenery is real, artificial or some of both, its use and display are steeped in tradition from centuries ago.

December 26, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Phillips: Come on, spring!

One of the many perks of living in the Midlands of South Carolina is our moderate climate. OK, maybe it hasn't felt so moderate the past few weeks, but think about New York, Boston, Minnesota, Michigan and other northern areas. Now, they know what cold really is!

March 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Scully: The clinic

If the soul of Camden resides in its communities of faith, surely its heart sits at 110 C East DeKalb St., the home of the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, known far and wide as "The Free Clinic." The outpouring of love at the Clinic has proven to be a transformative force, continuously healing wounds of body, mind, and spirit.

March 06, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Jenkins: A story in the scat

Two weeks ago, during our weekly field trip, I was walking with my students along a dirt road in Manchester State Forest. There upon the dirt was a hairy strand of something, about the size of a cheap cigar and tapered at both ends. Earlier that day, we examined paw prints in the sand on the same dirt road. The students drew good connections from those tracks to this new observation, correctly calling it coyote scat. Coyotes are funny this way, dropping their scat in obvious places. In addition to waste excretion, they use feces to communicate their presence to ...

March 06, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: ‘Just look at him’

WASHINGTON -- "At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act. As in:

March 06, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: Absolutely, free range kids!

So I read recently where some New England town has banned sledding, allegedly in the name of safety, but more in fear of possible lawsuits.

March 04, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: The GOP -- a tragedy in 52 acts

WASHINGTON -- I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception they're incapable of governing.

March 04, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: Net neutrality is finally here

For those of you who believe in an open internet in the United States, the fight is still on. For the moment, though, we can bask in the glory of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) 3-2 vote last week to impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on internet service providers (ISPs).

March 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Don’t throw out good food

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father.

March 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Teal: The story of temperance becoming abstinence

Throughout Old and New Testament times, most Jews and Gentiles consumed distilled liquor and believed it a healthy part of their daily diet. These beliefs and practices continued from the times of Christ through the settlement of America and the establishment of the United States.

March 02, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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